100th Window

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2003
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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. Urb
    90
    While its hardly an overwhelming masterpiece like Blue Lines or Protection, it still stands head and shoulders above most everything else. [Mar 2003, p.95]
  3. '100th Window' is every bit the production masterpiece its predecessors are - in places harkening back to, if not quite matching, the collective's glorious debut.
  4. Mojo
    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]
  5. Vibe
    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]
  6. Uncut
    80
    Takes a few listens to become accustomed to. [Mar 2003, p.104]
  7. Satisfaction enough for those who kept Mezzanine near their stereo for years on end, but a disappointment to those expecting another masterpiece.
  8. Where Mezzanine sounded scared and sinuous, 100th Window goes a step further: It sounds like music made for headphones with teeth.
  9. Alternative Press
    80
    It's a magnificent accomplishment, the sound of one long night spent waiting for someone, but never being certain if you want them to arrive. [Apr 2003, p.87]
  10. If there's one misstep on 100th Window, it's that [Sinead O'Connor's] talent and her range are underused.
  11. For most artists, this album would be a significant achievement--but we've come to expect more from Massive Attack.
  12. Spin
    70
    100th Window is a masterpiece of haunted sonics. But the spirit of community that once warmed this band's angsty soul is missing. [March 2003, p.117]
  13. Is this Mezzanine lite? In a way, yes. There is nothing here as gripping as "Angel," "Risingson," or "Inertia Creeps." Womblike and seductive, this is make-out music for hibernating astronauts.
  14. 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.
  15. Planet
    70
    The downside is a lack of innovation that has always accompanied Massive Attack's recordings. [#3, p.86]
  16. Even in the album's most quiet moments, songs rarely waver in dynamics from their liftoff point.
  17. The problem is that it's just not very engaging, treading the same cinematic-heavy soundscapes over and over again without much in the way of dynamics or anything new in terms of sound.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2013
    9
    I really really loved it! It is more of an ambient album than Blue Lines but I feel they are on the same level concerning quality. TheI really really loved it! It is more of an ambient album than Blue Lines but I feel they are on the same level concerning quality. The production is topnotch and they really know how to create a mood in a room. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    9
    Yes it is emotion-less. thats whats so great about it. It's definitely a dark album. Even Sinead has a great performance on What Your SoulYes it is emotion-less. thats whats so great about it. It's definitely a dark album. Even Sinead has a great performance on What Your Soul Sings. Personally I think this is my favorite Massive Attack album hands down. Full Review »