Album Review - Massive Attack - Heligoland
My knowledge about Massive Attack and the genre it represents doesn't go much beyond than the two most representative albums. Portishead's "Dummy" and this band's "Mezzanine", and although a 90s genre, on 2008 Portishead proved this genre had still more to give, while aiming it in a new direction. In contrast to following the path set by their opposing brothers, Massive Attack has come with a very average album.
I believe I don't really recognize any of the the guest voices on Mezzanine, but Heligoland's main advertisement had been the number, and size of the guesting names. In Spanish music, this happens a lot with artists who have had 10+ years without giving any worthy product, they just gather how many names they can, and release a collection of their own cover songs, I guess this also happens with average Anglo speaking artists like Neil Diamond or Marianne Faithful. At least Heligoland comes with original songs, which are listenable, but lack the spirit that wrapped Mezzanine in such mystery. The beats are not that memorable, and you will probably just end up remembering the songs as: "that which Tunde Adebimpe sings on", "that one with Damon Albarn" or "that one with the Elbow guy".
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