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Massive Attack Heligoland

Seven years in the making, Massive Attack's Heligoland doesn't quite carry the comeback expectations their Bristolian trip-hop compatriots from Portishead faced when releasing Third, but that's probably as good thing, as Heligoland isn't in the same league. Although it's better than their 2003 disappointment, 100th Window, and also sees the return of founding member Daddy G, the album is more of a continuation than a reinvention. Sultry vocal turns from Martina Topley-Bird, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adbimpe, and especially Hope Sandoval (on standout "Paradise Circus") offer some of Heligoland's finest moments, but while the album's dusty beats, pointed electronics, and cinematic feel are pleasantly familiar, at best they recall the band's past glory rather than pushing forward their legacy.

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