25 Years Ago MASSIVE ATTACK Released Their Second Longplayer ‘PROTECTION’…

26 September 2019

Trip-hop legends MASSIVE ATTACK released their second longplayer PROTECTION on
26 September 1994, 25 years ago. Although it seemed nearly impossible to match their groundbreaking debut classic Blue Lines this follow-up contained a series of significant tracks, enough to make it a critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #4 in the UK and #19 in the US.

AllMusic wrote: “Massive Attack’s sophomore effort could never be as stunning as Blue Lines, and a slight drop in production and songwriting quality made the comparisons easy. Still, from the first two songs Protection sounds worthy of their debut. The opening title track is pure excellence, with melancholy keyboards, throbbing acid lines, and fragmented beats perfectly complementing the transcendent vocals of Tracey Thorn… Tricky, another soon-to-be-solo performer, makes his breakout on this record, with blunted performances on “Karmacoma,” another highlight, as well as “Eurochild.” But even though the production is just as intriguing as on Blue Lines, there’s a bit lacking here. Massive Attack doesn’t summon quite the emotional power they did previously…” Full review here. Score: 4/5

Key tracks…

– KARMACOMA –
(My all-time fav MA track with vocals by Tricky)

– PROTECTION –
(Vocals by Tracey Thorn)

– SPYING GLASS –

Album in full…

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TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’ – GRAHAM PARKER

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Squeezing Out Sparks’ by GRAHAM PARKER
Released: March 1979 / fourth longplayer

ALL MUSIC review: “Generally regarded as Graham Parker’s finest album, ‘Squeezing
Out Sparks’ is a masterful fusion of pub rock classicism, new wave pop, and pure vitriol
that makes even his most conventional singer/songwriter numbers bristle with energy.
Not only does Parker deliver his best, most consistent set of songs, but he offers more
succinct hooks than before. Parker’s ruminations over a lost past give him the anger
that fuels ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’, one of the great rock records of the post-punk era.”

Score: 5/5 – full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Graham Parker‘s very best to my ears
and rattles still sparklingly cutting today.

* PROTECTION

* NOBODY HURTS YOU (steamy 1979 live rendition)

* YOU CAN’T BE TOO STRONG

Album in full…

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GRAHAM PARKER: Facebook – All Albums


His new album CLOUD SYMBOLS out 28 September. All info and pre-order facilities here.