Massive Attack are legends. They pioneered the early '90s trip-hop movement, paved the way for such artists as Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, and Goldie, and have simply made some of the best, most creative and influential music to come out of the UK in recent memory. It has been five years since Massive Attack dropped Mezzanine, considered by many to be one of the best electronic albums ever made. Well, it seems that whatever Massive Attack were doing during those five years off (apart from their many remix contributions) was just what the group needed to keep them on the cutting edge. Their latest effort, 100th Window, is, as should be expected, nothing less than brilliant (said with a British accent). The album finds Massive Attack as close to perfection as possible. It's simultaneously sophisticated yet sensual ñ eerie, yet strangely joyous and seductive.
100th Window is a physical, emotional, and (of course) musical trip into the world of Massive Attack. Contributions from long-time collaborator Horace Andy, as well as the golden-voiced Sinead OíConnor only add to the rich sonic texture of the album and provide Massive Attack with yet another weapon of mass musical development. It may have taken five years to come into fruition, but ladies and gentlemen, it was well worth the wait. ShitÖ itís Massive Attack - of course itís worth the wait.