Monday, July 19, 2010

Massive Attack: 100th Window (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Massive Attack
100th Window

Forget Horace Andy, Sinéad O’Connor, and Robert Del Naja. It’s the dub-heavy bass beats and eerie samples over which they whisper-sing ominously and-or ethereally that are this album’s real reason for being. That Del Naja and Neil Davidge generated their own samples this time no doubt required them to travel deep into their own inner cosmoses and shape their desired sounds from whatever primordial ooze they found there. And judging from this album’s deep, dark, Eastern-influenced soundscapes, Naja and Davidge probably went ooze hunting right after a séance aimed at contacting the tormented soul of some long-forgotten pharaoh. Rating: Three-and-a-half toots uncommon out of five.

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