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Bristol band Massive Attack releases new album

Massive Attack on stage at Glasonbury in 2008
Massive Attack headlined Glastonbury's Other Stage in 2008

Bristol band Massive Attack have released their first album in seven years. BBC Bristol Introducing's Richard Pitt shares his thoughts on Heligoland.

Richard Pitt
By Richard Pitt
BBC Bristol Introducing

I love it. I've been a Massive Attack fan for a long time and it's taken a long time for the album to come along.

Historically they've taken an awful long time to produce and present albums to the public.

So, it has taken seven years, changes in personnel - all sorts of things.

Bristol has got a thing about this: Portishead's new album took years and years and years to come out and Massive Attack was similar. It builds up expectations, put it that way!

What I like particularly about this one, from a parochial Bristol point-of-view is the fact that they've encouraged a lot of local musicians and producers to get involved in the album.

A couple of years ago they had Yolanda Quartey from Bristol band Phantom Limb singing with them when they played live.

And now they've got a couple of Bristol producers, Stu Jackson and Dan Brown, involved and Bristol musicians as well.

Billy Fuller, who we talk about a lot on BBC Bristol Introducing, is a bass player around Bristol and has played with Robert Plant and his live band has been pulled in to lend his skills to this.

Bristol music is highly regarded across the world and the expectation is there now - and Massive Attack with their new album, everybody wants to hear it.

Richard was talking to BBC Radio Bristol's Steve Le Fevre.

Other reviews on the web

The Guardian says you could argue Massive Attack have done nothing new with Heligoland but "their fissiparous approach to their work as an ensemble appears to be paying dividends once more".

The Times gives the album four stars out of five , saying Heligoland is a "darker, more complex album".

While Digital Spy hails the album as a " return to form from Bristol's finest " - rating it four out of five.

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