#5 album of the year: Massive Attack “Heligoland”
Our #5: Massive Attack “Heligoland”. Rumours had abounded for a few years as to which vocalists would contribute to the new album. Backing tracks had been sent to Alice Russell, Patti Smith and David Bowie respectively that did not develop further and past discussions also had with Tom Waits and Tricky have not, to date, worked out. In interviews, both Grant and Robert stated that they had recorded a number of tracks over the last couple of years which were later scrapped, and sessions for the album had started again at Damon Albarn’s studio. Ultimately, Heligoland featured vocal contributions from Horace Andy, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey, Tunde Adebimpe and Damon Albarn.
Massive Attack entertain a very cool designed Blog. Their style is described as follows:“Some of their most noted songs have been without choruses and have featured dramatically atmospheric dynamics, conveyed through either epic distorted guitar crescendos, lavish orchestral arrangements (like swelling, sustained strings or flourishes of grand piano) or prominent, looped/shifting basslines, often underpinned by high and exacting production values, involving sometimes painstaking digital editing and mixing. The pace of their music has often been slower than prevalent British dance music at the time. These and other psychedelic, soundtrack-like and DJist sonic techniques, formed a much-emulated style journalists began to dub “trip hop” from the mid-nineties onwards, though in an interview in 2006, G said, “‘We used to hate that terminology [trip-hop] so bad,’ (laughs) ‘You know, as far we were concerned, Massive Attack music was unique, so to put it in a box was to pigeonhole it and to say, “Right, we know where you guys are coming from.”
Album on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/heligoland-deluxe-version/id349640079.