Anticipation is quite high for Massive Attack's latest, which follows ground-breaking full-lengths Blue Lines, Protection, and Mezzanine.

Anticipation is quite high for Massive Attack's latest, which follows ground-breaking full-lengths Blue Lines, Protection, and Mezzanine. In the past, these trip-hop pioneers have laid down a dark, sensual, and soulful rhythm bed. Then, Massive Attack consisted of Grant "Daddy Gee" Marshall, Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles, and Robert "3D" Del Naja; for 100th Window, the outfit consists of Del Naja (Vowles left the fold after the Mezzanine tour to pursue other musical interests, and Marshall is allegedly on "maternity leave"). In this respect, the new album is very much a solo project with, in signature Massive Attack fashion, special guest appearances (Sinead O'Connor and longtime Massive collaborator Horace Andy). For the most part, and except for O'Connor's contributions ("What Your Soul Sings," "A Prayer for England," and "Special Cases"), 100th Window meanders along, emotion-less and soul-less—albeit with haunting Middle Eastern flourishes. A musical reflection of these troubled times? Maybe. Or perhaps Del Naja is simply missing his mates.—MP