Massive Attack : Sydney Entertainment Centre
Defiant trip-hop veterans stare down misfortune
Somewhat predictably the whole thing is swathed in a cloud of doom. The notion that Massive Attack albums represent an escapist headspace is immediately scotched by the up-to-the minute statistics (America's current military expenditure is $399.1 billion!) flashing constantly across the rear of the stage. It's a bit difficult getting lost in the moment when you're constantly being reminded of the threat of impending death.
Still, as far as playing in the shadow of the storm goes, tonight's a triumph. The dark rupture of '100th Window' swells admirably through the haunting eastern-dub ambience of 'Antistar', while the rasta joy of 'Hymn Of The Big Wheel', and a monolithic 'Unfinished Symphony' provide a crashing finale. In the end, it's the way all wars should be. Tonight, the good guys win.
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