100th Window
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100th Window

February 11, 2003

  Song Title
Future Proof
What Your Soul Sings
Special Cases
Butterfly Caught
A Prayer For England
Small Time Shot Away
Name Taken
Antistar (Includes Hidden Track 'LP4')

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
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  • Total Length: 1:13:53
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,026 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with everyone? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brooding yet delightful. February 11, 2003
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive Attack fans have never agreed on anything. March 4, 2003
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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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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brokenhearted February 14, 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This is a solid effort from Massive Attack, not as good as their previous work but still solid.
If you like Massive Attack you must get this.
Published 4 months ago by marriediimuzik
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Nobody's going to argue that Massive's followup to Mezzanine is a better album. With 100th Window, the band did exactly what a group should do after releasing their magnum opus:... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like kraftwork,?
How about

How about AIR or Jean Michel Jarai maybe Pink Floyd this album is definally a good eropean eletronic group.
Published 7 months ago by manuel savage
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my faves
very cool massive attack sound. I sleep to this one. and drive to it. and anything else that I do. unobtrusive, plush with rhythm and style.
Published 9 months ago by Douglas Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best work!
The previous albums have all been great but this in my opinion is what they've all been leading up to.

Deliciously dark. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jon R. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL AS USUAL!!!!
100th WINDOW is another wonderful music trip by MASSIVE ATTACK!!!! All the stuff MASSIVE ATTACK created is basically the same... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rio Fluzão
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave MA CDs
Most MA fans will point to Mezzanine as the high water mark for this group, and understandably so. It is as varied as it is groundbreaking. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Sol Rosenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive Attack - 100th Window
Not Massive Attack's best album, but 100TH WINDOW is still an album of impressive beauty and menace. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars A misstep
Massive Attack's three releases of the 1990s are classics, but the group's transition into the 21st century didn't turn out so well. Read more
Published on November 14, 2010 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated album ! It is great !!!!
I can not belive that a lot of people think that this album is badm it is NOT, is an EXCELLENT electronic minimal album. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Rodrigo
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