100th Window - Massive Attack
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  • Summary: The first of two planned 2003 releases for the far-from-prolific Bristol-based electronica collective sees the group pared down to one original member: Robert "3-D" del Naja (although Grant "Daddy G." Marshall intends to return to the group for the next disc). Horace Andy returns to provide vocals on several tracks, and Sinead O'Connor also guests on two songs. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  1. The naysayers do not understand. Their expectations hamstring them.... Like the glass sculptures featured in the artwork it is precise, transparent, dangerously fragile, and ominously lit. 100th Window is a masterpiece of its kind.
  2. 80
    With its ice-cold beats, smoldering bass lines, and shimmering textures, this is one of the most openly erotic albums British pop has ever given us. [Apr 2003, p.178]
  3. 80
    It's recognisably the same band, but lower key, less structured, a set of soundscapes rather than songs, and sometimes almost gothic in its mood. [Mar 2003, p.97]
  4. Even in the album's most quiet moments, songs rarely waver in dynamics from their liftoff point.
  5. Massive Attack fans won't be startled by anything on 100th Window, but at nine tracks, this may be the most accessible, freaky, futuristic electronic head-food album on the market.
  6. For those who looked forward to the new genre-leading direction in downbeat dance that would come with the next Massive Attack album... well, let's just say the major challenge you'll face with '100th Window' is deciding whether there is a hidden track or that 'Antistar' is really a 22-minute song with an excessively long silent bit in the middle.
  7. Everything comes dripping in portent and seems too in love with its own seriousness to excite any emotions. [Mar 2003, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. John
    Jun 7, 2003
    10
    As with all other Massive Attrack CD's, my favourite it Protection and Mezzanine, 100th Window is different, it what I expected late at night in a dark room - Fan Fucking Tastic..just listen to it! Expand
  2. PoldoG.
    Jan 30, 2005
    10
    The best album for M/A Absolutely FUTURE PROOF!
  3. PhilM
    Apr 30, 2005
    10
    Absolutely a 10! I can't get enough of Butterfly Caught!! That song just doesn't end...Definitely for headphones. CD should have a warning label advising anyone going through treatment for depression to stay away!! As good as Mezzanine? Yes, and so different. Next release, please. Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2012
    9
    From the incredible 'What Your Soul Sings' to moody 'Antistar', Massive Attack's 4th is only revolutionary in its depth which makes it the best album in their catalogue to revisit. It does not have the great choruses of Mezzanine, but the lyrical strength remains and oddly enough I sensed an atmosphere of doubt/anxiety from the songs... Expand
  5. SteveS
    Feb 14, 2003
    8
    Having read about the album and owning all the others before hand, my expectations were high. Thankfully, what is essentially a solo album turns out to be rather enjoyable. Whilst not quite as anthmic as you'd expect, it does have some nice tunes, albiet a bit dark. Some of the tunes sound as if they're about to kick in, but then never quite peak as you expect them to. Very good all round CD. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2012
    8
    if i must say , this is better than the utterly **** Heligoland
  7. MushroomSteven
    Feb 21, 2003
    1
    emotion-less and boring. There is no connection with the two first records, Blue lines and Protection. I think Massive attack is dead.

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