Protection

Protection

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by Massive Attack
     
 

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Massive Attack's sophomore effort could never be as stunning as Blue Lines, and a slight drop in production and songwriting quality made the comparisons easy. Still, from the first two songs Protection sounds worthy of their debut. The opening title track is pure excellence, with melancholy keyboards, throbbing acid lines, and fragmented beats perfectly

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Massive Attack's sophomore effort could never be as stunning as Blue Lines, and a slight drop in production and songwriting quality made the comparisons easy. Still, from the first two songs Protection sounds worthy of their debut. The opening title track is pure excellence, with melancholy keyboards, throbbing acid lines, and fragmented beats perfectly complementing the transcendent vocals of Tracey Thorn (an inspired choice to replace the departed Shara Nelson as their muse). Tricky, another soon-to-be-solo performer, makes his breakout on this record, with blunted performances on "Karmacoma," another highlight, as well as "Eurochild." But even though the production is just as intriguing as on Blue Lines, there's a bit lacking here -- Massive Attack doesn't summon quite the emotional power they did previously. Guest Craig Armstrong's piano work on the aimless tracks "Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser" leans uncomfortably close to Muzak, and his arrangement and conducting for "Sly" isn't much better (vocals by Nicolette save the track somewhat). Though it's still miles ahead of the growing raft of trip-hop making the rounds in the mid-'90s, Protection is rather a disappointment.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/1995
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724383988327
catalogNumber:
39883
Rank:
18222

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Massive Attack   Primary Artist
Tracey Thorn   Vocals
Horace Andy   Vocals
Craig Armstrong   Piano,Conductor
Chester Kamen   Guitar
Nicolette   Vocals
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall   Vocals
Robbie Merrill   Drums

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Horace Andy   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Composer
Curtis Harmon   Composer
Nellee Hooper   Composer,Producer
James K. Lloyd   Composer
Cedric A. Napoleon   Composer
Tim Norfolk   Composer
Ben Watt   Composer
Robert Locke   Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall   Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Nicolette Suwoton   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
C.C. Murray   Composer
Steven Goldmann   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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Protection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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this is a greatly wierd cover and ive never heard the music but by the sounds of them i dont like them because no-body has ever heard of them in there whole life except from mrleach .