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Blue Lines (album) by Massive Attack 

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Blue Lines
Blue Lines by Massive Attack (1991)
Overall rank: 291st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 667 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1991 (11th)
Top 100 albums of the 1990s (56th)
Top 500 albums of all time (291st)

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Massive Attack bestography

Blue Lines is ranked 2nd best out of 10 albums by Massive Attack on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Massive Attack is Mezzanine which is ranked number 150 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,654.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 667 votes)
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80/100
From JulianR 03/07/2018 00:48
A pretty good album, though nowhere near the level of precision and strength of their masterstroke, Mezzanine. It opens with my personal highlight, Safe From Harm, but the rest of the tracks are also pretty good. I don't really get the hullabaloo about Unfinished Sympathy; the melody does't seem to be too powerful, and I really want more out of the strings, but they seem kinda wispy and wandering. Overall, its not an album thats good enough that I would consider it to be "one of the greatest," but it is enjoyable enough that I will continue to listen to it on an irregular basis. Especially considering that its one of just a few very good trip-hop albums, and I quite like the genre's sound in general, and Massive Attack's specifically.

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From HoldenM 12/24/2017 02:32
Oh, I like this a lot. It's moody, but surprisingly dynamic. Good on Massive Attack.
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From tk421ucopy 11/08/2017 22:39
A really solid album. My only issue is sometimes some of the lyrics aren't quite as strong as they could be.
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From WJA 07/07/2017 14:09
Best triphop album ever. Masterpiece.
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From F1Aaron 12/27/2016 19:07
Great record here, hard for me to believe a record like this was made in 1991. Looking forward to digging into more of Massive Attack's work
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From poppmusic 10/11/2016 08:08
A surprisingly spiritual album. Try listening during a sunrise or sunset.
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From Strangel 10/03/2016 12:31
Clearly the formative album for the sound of trip hop. I appreciate the scope of ambition displayed in this album but the sound is very formative and is not as impressive as the sound they would refine on Mezzanine. The beats still sound fresh in tying together a number of musical styles yet the lyrics strike me as a bit lame and the chopping and changing between soul and rap singing leaves me a bit cold. I respect it from an historic perspective but I am unlikely to return to it often. Unfinished Sympathy is a classic and rises above all other tracks.
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From antiquusxy 09/29/2016 14:21
birth of the trip-hop genre! a pioneering piece of work, this gem doesn't have a single track that isn't great. i love how the whole thing is unmistakably british as well.

one of the best debuts of the 90s, easily stands with the likes of supreme talent such as portishead & björk.
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From garycottier 06/01/2016 11:11
I'm not a massive dance fan but this album is just stunning. A superb chill out album featuring superb songs such as, unfinished sympathy, safe from harm, and, one love. A great record, an early nineties classic and one of those important albums that can reach out to non dance fans. Excellent.
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From sethmadsen 05/09/2016 23:49
Favorite Track: Five Man Army.
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