One listen to Collected and you quickly realize just how influential this band was to what is known as trip-hop. Collected is one of those must-have albums for anybody wanting to expand their musical horizons in a specific genre.
All the defining moments of Massive Attack's musical journey are here. Track three "Angel" remains one of my all-time favourite tracks with its dark eerie intro, numb build-up and rousing finale that can rival any great song out there. Song "Unfinished Sympathy" has already received many accolades as being one of the best songs in recent history such as a Top 10 finish in Q Magazine's Best British Song, NME, and the BRITs 25 Song Award categories. Alongside Portishead, you easily hear how Massive Attack has influenced this genre and music in general.
This compilation just flows throughout and represents well what this band has been doing for over 15 years. Although the quintessential Massive Attack album remains Mezzanine for its complete body of work, this compilation is a reference you will use for any dinner as background music or those moments where you want to reflect on things. A definite must!
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