Massive Attack - Splitting The Atom (2009)

New EP from Massive Attack, in lieu of their fifth album which has been pushed back in to a fifth year. Apparently they saw the whole decade-long Portishead drama and thought that was a smashing idea. I don't really like it. The instrumentals are kind of primitive, and the vocals range from languid listening to barely tolerable (Horace Andy, amongst my top ten male vocalists, sounds like he's pinching his nose all over the title track). On the other hand, there are flashes of brilliance in "Pray For Rain" that make me think LP5 could be as much of a departure from Mezzanine as that album was from their first two. At this stage, I can't think of any other excuse for the album taking so damn long. Here's hoping.


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4 Responses so far.

  1. Hey, I just wanted to say you're one of my favourite music blogs of ever. Fucking exceptional posts on here!

  2. jc says:


    didn't even know they were still around tbh...

  3. Phil says:

    Why must they make wake us wait? Does anyone know why they pushed their next album back another year?

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