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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Although a catalog of four albums might not seem deep enough to warrant a retrospective collection, in the case of Massive Attack, it is a perfect and welcomed gift. Since their beginnings in the early '90s, Massive Attack have been both unswerving and innovative, recruiting an A-list cast of guest vocalists to help work subtle variations on dark, dub-based rhythms that were once pigeonholed as "trip hop." Collected works as both an effortlessly coherent reminder of Massive Attack's consistently high standard and a compendium of seductive singing from Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn, Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser, Sinéad O'Connor, Tricky, Horace Andy, and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Although a catalog of four albums might not seem deep enough to warrant a retrospective collection, in the case of Massive Attack, it is a perfect and welcomed gift. Since their beginnings in the early '90s, Massive Attack have been both unswerving and innovative, recruiting an A-list cast of guest vocalists to help work subtle variations on dark, dub-based rhythms that were once pigeonholed as "trip hop." Collected works as both an effortlessly coherent reminder of Massive Attack's consistently high standard and a compendium of seductive singing from Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn, Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser, Sinéad O'Connor, Tricky, Horace Andy, and others. Beginning with the classic early single "Safe from Harm" and ending with a new track, "Live with Me" but skipping non-chronologically otherwise, Collected is nearly 80 minutes of rumbling bass lines, stark percussion, trippy, paranoid keyboards, and haunting vocal performances. Ranging from the beautifully languid "Protection" to the mysteriously sensual "Teardrop" recently used as the theme to the TV show House, and from the nervously energetic "Karmacoma" to the club classic "Unfinished Symphony," Collected never fails to enthrall.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As expected but perhaps not hoped for, Virgin dishes fans this best of, Collected, as Massive Attack are buying time to complete Weather Underground, their next album to be released -- hopefully -- within the calendar year 2006. All collections of this type give punters the chance to look back at what was once futuristic and is now commonplace and how well an act's music has aged. The remainder of the Wild Bunch -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, and Robert "3D" del Naja -- who formed Massive Attack as evidenced by these 13 tracks, all have their place. The cuts are nearly equally divided between the albums Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine and 100th Window. None of the soundtrack works appears here, and neither do any 12" mixes. Hits like "Safer from Harm" and "Karmacoma" don't age so well, but others, such as "Inertia Creeps," the sublime "Teardrops," the sinister "Butterfly Caught," the spooky, mercurial love song "What Your Soul Sings," with Sinéad O'Connor on vocals, and even "Unfinished Sympathy," with Shara Nelson singing her ass off, do. There is a an unreleased track, a new blues called "Live with Me" that begins with a string intro, a deadly slow rhythm track offered as mid-tempo creep, and the deep soul voice of Terry Callier hovering inside the darkness. He moves from the blues to soul and back again as M.A weave that sorrowful, noir-ish, sonic magic all around him, draping him in atmospheric shadows and snaky beats. Nope, it isn't so new, but music this fine doesn't need to be. This isn't music for kids, or perhaps even for clubs, but it may be for the masses if the masses were given the chance to climb on. This is a fine introduction if you've been sleeping these past 15 years, or have recently come to realize that indie rock is but one color on the spectrum. Massive Attack at their best -- and much of it is here -- were a force to be reckoned with, and "Live with Me," is a hint that they still may be.
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic
A superior, welcome collection.

A superior, welcome collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094636006826
  • Catalog Number: 60068
  • Sales rank: 51,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Safe from Harm (5:19)
  2. 2 Karmacoma (5:14)
  3. 3 Angel (6:14)
  4. 4 Teardrop (5:28)
  5. 5 Inertia Creeps (5:54)
  6. 6 Protection (7:45)
  7. 7 Butterfly Caught (5:08)
  8. 8 Unfinished Sympathy (5:12)
  9. 9 Risingson (4:57)
  10. 10 What Your Soul Sings (6:37)
  11. 11 Future Proof (5:42)
  12. 12 Five Man Army (5:21)
  13. 13 Sly (4:56)
  14. 14 Live with Me (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Massive Attack Primary Artist, Vocals
Mahavishnu Orchestra Track Performer
Terry Callier Vocals
Tracey Thorn Vocals
Horace Andy Vocals
Elizabeth Fraser Vocals
Shara Nelson Vocals
Nicolette Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals
Tricky Vocals
Robert "3D" del Naja Vocals
Grant Marshall Vocals
Technical Credits
Massive Attack Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Terry Callier Composer
Tracey Thorn Composer
Craig Armstrong String Arrangements
Elizabeth Fraser Composer
Nellee Hooper Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Michael Jennings String Arrangements
Shara Nelson Composer
Tim Norfolk Composer
Sinéad O'Connor Composer
Craig Pruess String Arrangements
Robert Locke Composer
Neil Davidge Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja Arranger, Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles Composer
William E. Cobham Jr. Composer
Will Malone String Arrangements
Nick Knight Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Mike Marsh Remastering
Juergen Teller Photo Courtesy
Three-D Paintings
Mushroom Composer
Nicolette Suwoton Composer
Horace Hinds Composer
Grantley Marshall Composer
Eddie Monsoon Photo Courtesy
Tom Hingston Art Direction
Michael Nash Photo Courtesy
Steven Goldmann Composer
Johnny Dollar Producer
Jonathan Sharp Composer
Annabelle Dalby Photo Courtesy
Olli Timmins Photo Courtesy
Tim Young Remastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    harmful

    annoying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Massive Attack, "Collected" conscious.

    Swing in and out. Enter the zone of where a strange euphoric state encapsulates you. any challenge, everyone, is known and accepted with ease. Massive Attack draws an intrest but needs no center of a universe. It just is.

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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