Massive Attack: Blue Lines 2012 Mix/Master (Virgin)

Massive Attack: One Love
Massive Attack: Blue Lines 2012 Mix/Master (Virgin)

Few albums can claim to have invented and come to define a genre -- but Blue Lines did that for trip-hop . . . and more.

It turned the spotlight on Bristol, introduced Tricky and Shara Nelson to the wider world, reminded people of the distinctive and smooth voice of reggae singer Horace Andy, spawned bands like Portishead, influenced Moby and a dozen others, and provided the soundtrack to a million parties or quiet nights at home.

Its slinky marriage of low range dub and reggae influences, gentle rap and lounge jazz proved that by speaking quietly more people listen. And it was very much a listening album.

Which makes this remix/remaster edition such a stone cold delight -- and one to pull the headphones out for. And for the real sonic purists it comes as a double disc, one version on CD and the other on DVD.

Either way, it was a five star album back in '91 -- and now it just sounds even better. So how many stars does that make? 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Alan Brown: Silent Observer (alanbrown.co.nz)

Alan Brown: Silent Observer (alanbrown.co.nz)

Despite what many amateurs in the New Age world may think -- and Brian Eno's Bloom app allows you to pretend you can do it -- creating respectable ambient music isn't quite as easy as it sounds.... > Read more

Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

Any album which is dedicated to a brand of guitar -- no matter how legendary, as Fender is -- will always be uneven, depending on what kind of music you like. So right at the end in the ad for... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Ornette Coleman Trio: At the Golden Circle, Stockholm. Vol 1 (1965)

The Ornette Coleman Trio: At the Golden Circle, Stockholm. Vol 1 (1965)

As far as I can see by looking back, Ornette Coleman is the first artist to have two entries at Essential Elsewhere, he has appeared previously with The Shape of Jazz to Come. Although, to be... > Read more

Otis Taylor: Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (Telarc)

Otis Taylor: Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (Telarc)

A copy of this album has been in and out of my player for at least two months and I assumed it had already been released some time back and I'd missed my chance to comment. But the amount of... > Read more