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Their debut album, Blue Lines (1991), was co-produced by Jonny Dollar and Cameron McVey, who also became their first manager. Massive Attack went on to critical acclaim for their ever-changing line-up of distinctive, often 'ethereal' or whispery guest vocalists, interspersed with Del Naja and Marshall's (initially Tricky's) own,'and other eclectic references, musical and ... Read more in Amazon's Massive Attack Store

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00007KK7V
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With dark shades of dub and songs that stretch with patient grace, 100th Window finds trip-hop legends Massive Attack seeping through your speakers with the same eerie intensity they mined on 1998's revelatory Mezzanine. The burden of high expectations has been a constant for this band since they released the classic Blue Lines in 1991. Under pressure to produce yet another record that changes the playing field of dance music, the collective has turned in a brooding, orchestral work that profits greatly from collaboration. The breathy, distinctive voice of Sinead O'Connor elevates a song like "What Your Soul Sings" into a deeply affecting, candlelit nocturne, while Horace Andy's stylized vocal washes through the string-laden "Name Taken." O'Connor also shines on "A Prayer for England," a remake of "Safe from Harm" off Lines, as her barely contained emotions artfully collide with Window's stark, distorted production. It may not turn the world upside down again, but Massive Attack retains the power to keep you transfixed and blissfully off-balance. --Matthew Cooke

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I just say, this album is a masterpiece.
M. Niederer
Most songs with vocals aren't that good and the songs in general are all rather simular to each other too.
Josephll
Out of all the massive attack, 100th window is an extremely great cd.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on January 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am in complete accordance with those who say that 'Mezzanine' is a masterpiece but I also feel that '100th Window' is a worthy follow-up to such a classic. Is it better? Not really, but I hear a definite growth of experimentation in sound. I haven't read any other reviews, however, I notice most of the ratings to be either 3 or 4 stars and I am left scratching my head, wondering why? My guess is many fans are having a difficult time getting into this album simply because the overall tempo is slower paced than the majority of their previous works, and perhaps your not used to hearing that from Massive Attack but, believe me, they've created some brilliant songs here. Just open your mind without any sort of expectation.

The mood throughout is rather somber with dark, atmospheric electronic dubs instead of funky trip-hop ones, and the inclusion of orchestrated instruments provide a cinematic feel that really seems to shade the melodies, accenting them chillingly. But by no means does '100th Window' tread into ambient territory. It would be best described as smooth electronica that will likely appeal to those who enjoy dance-tinged chillout music (visions of ice and snow come to mind when listening to this record). And replacing the sweet female vocalists Sara Jay and Elizabeth Fraser, who both sang on 'Mezzanine' when Andy Horace wasn't (and you gotta love his unique style, which I find to be very sexy...in a strange kind of way), the more powerful yet ever gorgeous Sinead O'Connor guest sings on several cuts here; most notably "A Prayer For England" which comes on after a slightly more upbeat "Butterfly Caught", a personal favorite of mine. My only complaint is that the album starts losing its luster a bit after track 6. However, given there's only 9 songs in all, this evens out to be a winner in my book.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S Matthews on February 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Owning all the previous Massive Attack albums I was awaiting this most recent instalment with great anticipation. In my opinion Massive Attack have, over the past decade, been honing and finely tuning their talents, extracting the finest moments of previous albums to make the next even more breathtaking. 100th Window appears to have benefited from exactly this, taking the most chilling and dark aspects of Mezzanine to produce their scariest album yet. This album has the 'inertia creeps' feel throughout with a hint of the east thrown in for good measure.
There is no 'teardrop' equivalent on this album which some may find disappointing yet Sinead O'Conor's vocals adequately compensate for the loss of Liz Fraser's presence. The album also features what may be some of Horace Andy's best performances to date, with a welcome softer approach.
In all, this deeply layered and lush addition to Massive Attacks collection of LPs is well worth a listen, whether you're a fan or not.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chief Quimby on March 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's not for everyone. Good art never is, you know.
100th Window is the sound of throwing your life in frustration against a solid steel wall and feeling it crack and shatter like glass. I can see why not all Massive Attack fans would like this album. But for me, it's so intricately creepy and soothing at once, sort of like the perfect combination of Protection and Mezzanine.
The standouts to me are not the 'micro-beats,' perhaps modeled after Matmos' efforts on Bjork's "Vespertine;" rather, it's how the album is so bizarrely melodic. Everything from Sinead O'Conner's vocals to the live instrumentation are bizarre, achieving an enticing creepiness. Or a comfort after seeing everything you have done not being good enough.
It might not be for everyone. It's obviously more of a solo effort than anything, but it is without a doubt head and shoulders better than any cd i have purchased in the past year, and the first one that felt so intensely personal since Vespertine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lark on October 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I hope that the reviewers who didn't like this CD when they wrote their reviews have since given the release another shot. I liken the Mezzanine-100th Window transition to the OK Computer-Kid A transition. When I first heard Kid A after loving OK Computer, my initial reaction was literally, "Well, that was weird." Flash forward and the next thing I know I'm craving the weird. I just had to let Kid A work into my noodle.

Similarly, I loved and was amazed by Mezzanine and wasn't too sure about 100th Window when I first listened. Now I still love Mezzanine, but when Risingson starts to sound a bit "not new," Futureproof, Everywhen, Butterfly Caught, Small Time Shot Away, and A Prayer for England are there in all their anti-hit greatness.

Recommendation: be alone in the dark and play Small Time Shot Away at a decent volume and just listen to everything that's going on in the song and how exquisitely it all goes together. If that doesn't at least pique/re-new your interest, then you and this CD just weren't meant to be.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on February 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As I sit writing this review of Valentine's Day, I am brokenhearted for various reasons. One reason is the brand new Massive Attack album, which I bought three days ago mere minutes after it was officially released. I've been waiting excitedly for this album for five years, but sadly, nothing lasts forever. I won't argue with those fans who claim Blue Lines as the best Massive Attack album, but I am a ridiculous fanatic for Mezzanine which is certainly one of my favorite albums of all time, in any genre. But the group tension that made that album so mindboggling and gutwrenching are gone. The true musical mastermind of the group, Mushroom, quit due to creative differences, and Daddy G announced a "vacation." So now Massive Attack is made up of the last original man standing, Robert Del Naja (3D), plus new songwriting collaborator Neil Davidge. Del Naja is certainly a good songwriter and is qualified to keep Massive alive, but this album is probably the beginning of the end.
The big guest vocal star this time is Sinead O'Connor who sings three songs, reminding us that once upon a time she was known as the incredible singer that she really is. Sinead also gets to unload some of her politicized lyrics in "A Prayer for England." Reliable Massive friend Horace Andy lends his always breathtaking and crystal-clear voice to two songs this time, but not even he can save the bland material he's working with. And "bland" is the key word here. Four songs are dragged down by the atrociously poor singing (a better word is vocalizing) by Del Naja. You already knew he has a flat voice, though on previous albums he actually functioned well as a counterpoint to Tricky or Daddy G. But here he just can't carry a song on his own.
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