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Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39

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  1. Dec 6, 2012
    I am not nostalgic on this one. Massive Attack is simply my most listened to artist for the past twenty years never very long without a play. Is this album a masterpiece? Damn right it is! Is this mix an improvement? No, no it's not unfortunately. I found the album to be a casualty of the loudness wars. I am really missing out of the high cracks of the highs here and the punch of the drums when you really crank it up. I just leaves me feeling a bit muddy in the head. Do yourself a favor, go grab the original and crank it up! Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    The Trip-Hop at its greatest. Original, beautiful and catchy, these are the elements that make a successful album. 20 years later he is still innovative and feels even talk about it.
  3. Jan 16, 2013
    Super awesome. A remake at its best. Although Massive Attack has a lot to catch up over Heligoland, this album, which is one of the best in decades, has never been better!
  4. Dec 12, 2012
    One of the great albums of the past 25 years unquestionably. Hugely influential. I think this is their best one, with Mezzanine also worthy of a mention. Can we please stop calling it 'trip-hop' though? The artist themselves (along with fellow innovaters from the mid 1990s Portishead) constantly state their dislike of this labelling of their music. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.
  5. Apr 16, 2013
    When i start to listen to this album i thought this will be a massive hit the samples and the beats are beautiful and i cannot forgot that song unfinished sympathy such a 90s classic....
  6. Oct 29, 2013
    Stands at the beginning of a style that still doesn't sound outdated. It's angsty, it's desperate, it's gloomy and it's downright beautiful. Occasional orchestral instrumentations, piano jazz-riffs and glorified sadness make the picture complete.
  7. Nov 16, 2013
    Not my favorite album from Massive Attack, but then again, freakin' amazing! I wasn't convinced but the first few tracks, but there is a crescendo in the album. It is to listen on repeat at least a month in your life. Even though I prefer Protection and Mezzanine but to hell with that, you shall not pass over this one.

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 4, 2013
    A ground-breaking debut, an original game-changer, a true, flawless, 24-carat triumph. [No. 94, p.60]
  2. Dec 21, 2012
    Today though, with the skyline dominated by the likes of Kanye West and Plan B on their respective sides of the Atlantic, to hear this genuinely groundbreaking group in such magnificent high definition is probably the closest we're going to get to going back to any of today's megastar's roots.
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    No bonus tracks, no live filler--no reason to mess around when the perfection was in the pacing.