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100th Window

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100th Window

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
Producers:
Virgin

We gave it a C

There’s a thin line between clever and torpid, to paraphrase Spinal Tap, and Massive Attack finally cross it on this drowsy return after a five-year layoff. Featuring only one founding member and absent the hip-hop traces of past albums, ”100th Window” is a series of often stillborn soundscapes. Guest Sinead O’Connor can’t decide whether she wants to parody herself (the simplistic, save-the-children rant of ”A Prayer for England”) or be alt-rock’s Enya (her other, more placid contributions). Beautifully recorded, but so are most New Age records.