100th Window by Trip-Hop Group Massive Attack


100th Window is the fourth album by the English trip-hop group Massive Attack. The album was released in February, 2003 by Virgin records. 100th Window was produced and written by Robert Del Naja and Neil Davidge and features vocals by Sinead O'Connor, Damon Albarn, and Horace Andy. The album was released five years after the success of their last album Massive.

Massive Attack started work on the album in early 2000 in Clifton, Bristol at the Christchurch Studio. They recruited a band Lupine Howl (ex-member of Spiritualized) for the new album. Lupine Howl described the session as very experimental. The initial response to the 100th window was positive at Metacritic, which assigned a normalized rating out of 100. The album received a score of 75 based on 25 reviews.  As of 2010, the album sold 180000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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The Massive Attack has escaped its shadow by becoming a completely different band. Some of their tracks are without choruses and feature dramatically atmospheric music. The pace of the track music has often been slower than British dance music of the time. The single track “Special Cases” reached No. 15 in the UK and spent six weeks at the top 40. Overall the music of the Massive Attack is unique.

The debut album of the band “Blue Lines” was released in 1991 with a single track “Unfinished Sympathy” the track was voted the 63rd greatest song of all time by a British music journalism website New Musical Express in 1998. The band has won numerous music awards in their career including a Brit Award. They achieved two MTV Europe Music Awards and two Q Awards.  Their five studio albums have sold 13 million copies worldwide.

In 1998 Massive Attack started as a spin-off production trio, independently released song “Any Love” sung by Carlton McCarthy and then they signed to Circa Records with considerable backing from a singer Neneh Cherry.

 

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