Blue Lines

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1991 Ratings: #4 / 412
User Score
Based on 381 ratings
1991 Ratings: #8
August 6, 1991 / Release Date
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Virgin / Label
Trip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
"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?
EMR
74
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
Plats
95
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
amygoodall
83
good
Houdanny
96
This album is ICONIC. One of the most diverse and unique debuts you'll hear in a long time. It really is a staple in the trip-hop scene, and features some of the best vocal performances I've heard in a long time. But what really sells this record is the gorgeous production over the instrumentals. You only have to listen to "Unfinished Sympathy" or "Hymn of the Big wheel" to see just how important this album was to music in the 90's. Love love love this record.

Standout: ... read more
CameronPilgrim
70
Safe From Harm - 8.7/10
One Love - 7.2/10
Blue Lines - 7.9/10
Be Thankful For What You've Got - 7/10
Five Man Army - 8.2/10
Unfinished Sympathy - 7.5/10
Daydreaming - 7.8/10
Lately - 7/10
Hymn Of The Big Wheel - 7.3/10
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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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