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Massive Attack - Blue Lines

Artist:Massive Attack


Short Abstract:Blue Lines is the debut album by British electronica group Massive Attack, released on April 9, 1991 (see 1991 in music) by Virgin Records. Generally considered the first trip hop album, though the term wasn't coined until several years later, Blue Lines was a massive success in the United Kingdom, though sales were limited elsewhere. A fusion of electronic music, hip hop and dub music, the album established Massive Attack as one of the innovative British bands of the 1990s and the founder of trip hop's Bristol Sound. The city of Bristol, consisting of a large working class, became the epicenter of the trip hop movement. The album incorporated sounds of hip-hop, 70s soul music and reggae. Simon Reynolds writes that the album also marked a change in electronic/dance music, "a shift toward a more interior, meditational sound. The songs on Blue Lines run at "spliff" tempos - from a mellow, moonwalking 90 beats per minute.. down to a positively torpid 67 bpm." The group drew inspiration from concept-albums in various genres by artists such as Pink Floyd, Public Image Ltd., Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes. .


Length:45min 5sec

Recorded:1990, Bristol and London

Released:April 9th, 1991

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Labels:Circa Records

Types:Album

Genres:Trip Hop

Producers:Massive Attack


Categories:1991 Albums · Album · Debut Albums · Massive Attack Albums


Massive Attack - Blue Lines

Blue Lines is the debut album by British electronica group Massive Attack, released on April 9, 1991 (see 1991 in music) by Virgin Records.

Generally considered the first trip hop album, though the term wasn't coined until several years later, Blue Lines was a massive success in the United Kingdom, though sales were limited elsewhere.

A fusion of electronic music, hip hop and dub music, the album established Massive Attack as one of the innovative British bands of the 1990s and the founder of trip hop's Bristol Sound.

The city of Bristol, consisting of a large working class, became the epicenter of the trip hop movement.

The album incorporated sounds of hip-hop, 70s soul music and reggae.

Simon Reynolds writes that the album also marked a change in electronic/dance music, "a shift toward a more interior, meditational sound.

The songs on Blue Lines run at "spliff" tempos - from a mellow, moonwalking 90 beats per minute..

down to a positively torpid 67 bpm." The group drew inspiration from concept-albums in various genres by artists such as Pink Floyd, Public Image Ltd., Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes.

Blue Lines featured breakbeats, sampling, and rapping on a number of tracks, but the design of the album differed from traditional hip hop.

Massive Attack approached the American-born hip hop movement from an underground British perspective.

It was customary to have a two turntables and a microphone, but this album incorporated live instruments and vocals over haunting melodies.

It featured vocals of Shara Nelson along with the rapping of Tricky Kid, but failed to top the chart in the United States.

However, it proved to be extremely popular in the club scene, as well as on college radios, which established that hip hop could inspire an entirely new crowd and sound.

The music, aside from the obvious hip-hop foundation, was innovative, creative and wholly new.

The one thing that separates this album from many followers is that it’s distinctively urban and hip-hop.

Daddy G says about the making of the album: "We were lazy Bristol twats.

It was Neneh Cherry who kicked our arses and got us in the studio.

We recorded a lot at her house, in her baby's room.

It stank for months and eventually we found a dirty nappy behind a radiator.

I was still DJing, but what we were trying to do was create dance music for the head, rather than the feet.

I think it's our freshest album, we were at our strongest then." .
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