Blue Lines

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1991 Ratings: #4 / 418
User Score
Based on 549 ratings
1991 Ratings: #9
Liked by 14 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've been confounded with the music of trip-hop for quite some time now and have been wanting to dig deeper into its offering for quite some time now. I've been exposed to trip-hop on a few occasions - a recent album from Tricky, the take Gorillaz had on it with their debut, and my experience listening to what many consider to be Massive Attack's best work Mezzanine. Anything else has either been listened to or experienced without a great deal of outside context, given that the genre really ... read more
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
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
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
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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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