Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2016-02-04

We are all familiar with Massive Attack. Many of us will have fond memories of Mezzanine as one of the defining albums of the 90s. Less of us will have loyally followed Massive Attack’s career, with fans dwindling just as the core members of Massive Attack did, leaving only Robert '3D' Del Naja.

Perhaps most notable on this four-track EP is the overused gimmick of 'featuring' an outside artist, with many additional artist credits, leading me to believe that the full-length record to come will only feature even more. This will be not just annoying to read on the liner notes but it will make iTunes sorting a nightmare.

Beyond the myriad featured artists on this EP, they do seem to keep the gimmicks minimal. A casual listen will simply sound like a Massive Attack record, and not come across as a desperate attempt to move units.  This might actually sound as Massive Attack as Blue Lines or Protection.. you know, those records that existed before Mezzanine? 

The tempo is soft and sure to make the stoners swoon with delight.  The music is good.  It veers away from pretentiousness and attention.  Perhaps it is something subtle, a testament to the strength and talent of whatever remaining members there are.  Worth a listen.   

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