Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Collected – Massive Attack [#287]

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 08.17.01We now enter a section of the music project where we encounter another number of compilations comprising of “best of”s. Much like “Best of”, “Collection” albums tend to feature a showcase of the artist’s most popular works. They’re often a good starting point for finding out whether the band is compatible with your tastes and tends to have tunes you’re more likely have heard.

Massive Attack were part of the 90’s soundscape and very much akin to Portishead, Tricky and Morcheeba in that regard. Whenever they make a “period” drama set in the 1990s, it’s those bands that become part of the soundtrack.

Now the controversy: I like only a handful of Massive Attack songs. I tried. I got this album to try and like them more but it’s still only the same handful of Massive Attack songs that I like.  Like all bands of a similar nature, after a while nothing new or inventive happens. We tend to get the same systematic rhythms, the same mix of women singing and men…Shatnering and the same repetition of themes over and over.

All that is great if you’re after a nice quick fix but it’s like that favourite table cloth you have. It’s the right colour and the right texture but it just isn’t the right shape for the table. That, dear reader, is what Massive Attack are like for me.


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Blue Lines – Massive Attack (#207)

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As I’ve stated before during this project, when relationships break down these days there is often an amicable exchange of music via the ripping of jointly owned CDs and mergence of MP3 libraries. Unlike in the past where bitch fights would break out over who owned the Peter Sarstedt album, these days we can share and amalgamate, break up peacefully without the need to decimate music collections.

Unless you’re a bastard and you delete all your music just to spite them.

Anyway, this is an album gained through one such breakup. I’m not a big Massive Attack fan. I have their best of somewhere I think, though it doesn’t seem to have appeared on this project yet, and I have their “coffee table album” Mezzanine. But other than a few songs of there, I’m not a big fan. They’re ok. Just not my scene. A little like a seedy version of Portishead.

So I can’t really tell you what I think about this album other than I like one song on it. The rest is just Meh. I have no stories attached to the album and I have little memory of when it was added to my library.


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