Massive Attack : Special Cases

...the sound of the batteries running down...

Since their deeply soulful debut album ‘Blue Lines’, [a]Massive Attack[/a]’s records have got progressively whiter. Twelve years on, a [a]Massive Attack[/a] album is now the place you go for menacing Gothic basslines and a chilly dose of alienation, not a pan-cultural dance explosion that’ll move you in new, dramatic ways. Now, the emotional range of a [a]Massive Attack[/a] record runs from misery to paranoia, and the tunes have gone the way of disappeared diva Shara Nelson. Featuring a warbling [a]O’Sinead Connor[/a], ‘Special Cases’ is the sound of the batteries running down.

Alex Needham