Blue Lines

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1991 Ratings: #4 / 416
User Score
Based on 500 ratings
1991 Ratings: #7
Liked by 13 people
August 6, 1991 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Trip Hop / Genres
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"Midnight rockers, city slickers, gunmen and maniacs" are the first words you'll hear on 'Safe From Harm'. Metaphorically speaking, Massive are all these and more, and 'Blue Lines' only begs one question: how the f- will they follow this?
I don't think I've ever heard another album quite like this. I don't even know what to compare it to. This was just a fantastic experience. It's fun, it's well-produced, it's satisfying, and it's diverse! Just an excellent piece of music here, man.

Strong 8/10
It definitely took a while to grow on me, but Massive Attack's debut album "Blue Lines" is pretty great. The production is excellent, & the featured vocalists (either that or they're vocal samples) are great as well.

The intro track "Safe From Harm" starts with a pretty groovy bass-line before going into the singing from Shara Nelson (which has what sounds like synthesized turntable scratches in the production). There's also a rapped refrain from member Robert del Naja ... read more
I think my ears just jizzed. Like, my earpenises were just pleasured to the max from this album.

What the fuck?

Overall, this was a warm and groovy album with outstanding production, great genre-mixing, awesome sampling and a consistent atmosphere. As one of the albums that kickstarted trip-hop, listening to this album could at least give you a hint as to why.

Fav Tracks: Unfinished Sympathy, Safe From Harm, Daydreaming, One Love, Five Man Army, Be Thankful For What You’ve Got, Blue ... read more
Massive Attack's debut album offered a precise take on everything the band would go for during their career. An interesting and vivid take on the wildly plural direction took by many of their contemporaries in the electronic world, mixing styles that range from hip-hop to soul, jazz, rock and much more, while spitting out this chilling, soulful and relaxing set of songs that already presented the dark tone of some of their subsequent albums, but that primmarily aimed for a more uncompromising ... read more
I don't understand why the critics collectively lose their minds over this album. It's one of the few albums here to hold a score of over a 95, and is ranked in the Top 50 albums of all time according to AcclaimedMusic. And I just don't see it. Safe From Harm, Unfinished Sympathy, and One Love are the big classics here in my eyes. Everything else here is solid, but doesn't quite match what Massive Attack would eventually become, which is proudly on display on their masterpiece ... read more
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Track List

  1. Safe From Harm
  2. One Love
  3. Blue Lines
  4. Be Thankful For What You've Got
  5. Five Man Army
  6. Unfinished Sympathy
  7. Daydreaming
  8. Lately
  9. Hymn Of The Big Wheel
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