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- 2+ 20- 4You can't help but absolutely love this track despite Newton Faulkner's efforts to single handedly destroy all credibility with his lifeless rendition. The video is good to boot.
- 3+ 15- 5
Unfinished SympathyThis is often voted as THE number one track from Massive Attack and one of THE greatest tracks of all time. I start the list with this but as much as I love this track and the video - I think there's value in the more diverse tracks. Still - a Massive Attack list would not be the same without this track.
- 4+ 13- 5Forget any remixes of this track - and that includes the Burial remix (although it is nice), the original of this track is so melancholic it wraps you up in its enchantment. Hope Sandeval adds vocal depth and if you haven't checked out some of her own work then you really should (expecially 'Suzanne')
- 5+ 9- 3Aggression is a theme here - i know you can see this and you probably think I'm about to bust a rage and gun down 300 people outside Subway but thankfully its just music and bloody brilliant music at that. The guitar crescendo on Dissolved Girl only adds to the anguished vocals. Not quite in the Beth Gibbons arena of how to feel sorry for somebody...but close. Love it.
- 6+ 7- 2
Black MilkOne of a few tracks on this list that didn't make the Collected compilation. Elizabeth Fraser, who was prominent throughout Mezzanine and one of the reasons (along with Horace Andy) that make me love MA so much. There's elements of the Aloof and Sabres of Paradise (Andy Weatherall et al) on this track, with its dub-style piano riff.
- 7+ 5- 2
Euro Zero ZeroActually a B-Side for Teardrop. How this didn't make the full cut of an album I don't know but I guess that's what B-Side gems are for. Love every aspect of this track from Del Naja and Daddy G's musings, the beat, the bass and...strangely enough....Andy's vocals (does he ever dissapoint)?
- 8+ 4- 2One of my favourite early MA tracks. Daddy G lays down some boss lyrics and Horace Andy adds his soulful tones to this percussive track with a sample from one of his own Money Money Money tracks. The beats make this a very DJ friendly track and I've spun this track out and about quite a few times. Underrated.
- 9+ 3- 1
ThreeAnother un-'collected' track is Three and possibly my favourite of all this list. I've stuck in the middle in hope you might vote this one to the top. There wasn't a great deal to shout about from the Protection album but this is certainly an stand out track. Very simple, analogue synths and drums lay the foundation for the superb vocals (Nicolette - go look her up).
- 10+ 3- 2
BabelYet another stand out guest vocal performance. This time from Martin Topley-Bird. Her solo work isn't really up to much but put her with a production as tight as this and you get an epic conclusion. I didn't really feel this track at first but now one of the first tracks I press play on.