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Just obsessed with them at the moment.
Pleasantly discovered that 'Third' is not as patchy as I once thought it was.
Massive attack don't always hit the target with me, but when they do - Mezzanine, parts of the last album, the more famous songs pre-Mezzanine, they're just sublime.
Portishead have awesome quality control, and have an uncanny ability to not repeat themselves. I mean they could have recorded an album full of 'Roads'-esque songs but they didn't. My favourite is the eponymous album.
And 'The Rip' just floors me.......
one of the most most pure peices of music i've ever heard. It's absolute bliss.
Second toughest by Underworld falls in to this catergory too, i simply cannot fault it in any way at all ever, and it still gets better with any listen, exactly the same for blue lines and third. (and i really struggled with third at first )
but Portishead are in a different league.
Beth Gibbons, y'know? in rarefied company of other truly great vocalists. sets them apart (also, their 90s stuff is less dated, and they never went shit, and remain Important, even if they don't make another record).
As a vocalist, she just walks on water for me
and Third are both absolute stone-cold classics. Third in particular is just jaw-dropping from start to finish.
To me both bands have always sounded like the worst kind of by-the-numbers "moody" muzak.
You're entitled to your opinion and all of that, but how many Massive Attack records have you actually heard?
Well everything up to Mezzanine anyway. My girlfriend in the 90s was a huge Massive Attack/Portishead fan, as was pretty well everybody else I knew. Every party, every dinner, every Sunday afternoon drinking session, whatever, they were on constant rotation. I think that was what did it for me, i.e. being force-fed a steady diet of music that I just didn't click with - in addition, or course, to having to listen to everyone wank on about how brilliant they were.
both acts were adopted by wankers who saw them as dinner-party music. Which goes some way to explaining why Portishead now record stuff like Machine Gun or We Carry On, just to shake those bastards off.
Just don't see how anyone could describe Blue Lines as 'by the numbers mood muzak'. Fine if you don't like it - not everyone has to - but that description is so far off the mark it suggested that you hadn't actually heard it.
Mezzanine was one of the first albums I bought as a kid and i'm still listening to it to this day. Saw Massive Attack live in '10 and they put on an incredible show. Saw Portishead last year and even met the band including Beth, really really nice down to earth people.
They somehow manage to use the sparseness in their music to fill rooms, without sounding lacking or unoriginal. Listening to Black Milk is one of the most tranquil experiences ever, without sounding like some cheesy cafe music.
They somehow manage to use the sparseness in their music to fill rooms, without sounding lacking or unoriginal
on Third...what's the translation?
which translates something like this:
"Be alert for the rule of three
what you give, you will return to
This lesson you must learn
You only get what you deserve"
Be aware of the rule of three
What you give you will get in return
This lesson you must learn
You will reap what you sow
and Blue Lines are their crowning glories for me, with Dummy and Mezzanine on the silver medals. Third was easily my favourite album of 2008.
Always really liked that Mad Professor remix album too, but I guess that isn't really Massive Attack.