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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Massive Attack
Heligoland
Virgin

Rating: 7.9/10 ?


February 24, 2010
Having put out Mezzanine--a record so stunning yet disparate from their groundbreaking synthesis of Bristol soul and an invention that dogged from for years: trip-hop--recent Massive Attack has become an easy target for not living up to their earlier releases. The 1998 epic was fraught with pre-millennium tension (to borrow a title from their one-time cohort Tricky) that might've given way to more slender post-2K blues, but the UK pioneers can still evoke beauty with a sound as sparse as their output.

Thanks largely in part to founding member/mainstay Robert "3D" Del Naja, there still remains that indefinable, singular aspect to Massive Attack that still carried the group over the hump of 2003's tepid 100th Window and onto the superior Heligoland. With Grant "Daddy G" Marshall back in the fold (along with longtime cohort Horace Andy as well as Tricky muse Martina Topley-Bird), Del Naja's past comfortably sidles up to Blur/Gorillaz's Damon Albarn and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, who kicks off the proceedings with the postrock/neosoul hybrid "Pray for Rain." While Albarn lends his familiar drawl to the swirling, folksy "Saturday Come Slow," it's Andy's silky-smooth coos on "Girl I Love You" and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on the moody ballad "Paradise Circus" that truly stand out from the star-studded guest roster.

Typically generous with the mic through most of Heligoland, Del Naja closes things out himself with arguably the best track, organ-led breakbeat parade "Atlas Air." It's a fitting end to a solid effort from one of the most consistent groups of the past two decades. Hopefully we won't have to wait another ten years for the next one though.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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