Heligoland by Massive Attack
Released: February 8th, 2010 Virgin
Heligoland marks Massive Attack’s fifth studio recording and the list of collaborators goes deeper. This time enlisting vocal heavy weights Damon Albarn (Blur / Gorillaz), Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Guy Harvey (Elbow) Martina Topley-Bird, and staple Horace Andy, the sound is polished, dramatic and signature melancholy. Unlike fellow Bristolians Portishead, which electrified expectations with their infusion of throbbing krautrock into their truimphant re-emergence on Third, Massive Attack, with its similarly lengthy gestation period, seems to have worn the challenging, jagged edges off, like a stone left too long in the river. But that being said, it’s hard to find fault in a record found unchallenging when their time proven status quo is nothing short of consistently good.