Massive Attack vs. Burial
Four Walls/Paradise Circus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andru Okenuf USER (32 Reviews)
December 9th, 2011 | 130 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two of the most talented artists in the industry further demonstrate exactly why they’re two of the most talented artists in the industry

With their unique and separate styles of dark and brooding beats, the 24 minute collaboration between Massive Attack and Burial would bother most casual music fans. Additionally, many pundits have said that because this showcases nothing new or truly innovative for two of the most influential trip-hop and dubstep artists ever, it is not a worthwhile release. Yet the astonishing amount of rapport developed so quickly between the two artists is so palpable, the mood so real that it doesn’t really matter.

Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star) lends her stunning voice to both tracks. And in ‘Four Walls,’ her hypnotic vocals rise above the musty atmosphere, bemoaning that “they know that I can't settle down / they know but they won't keep me in line, in line.” These very human emotions – feeling subdued to such a simple existence without any guiding voice as to how or why – play into the tone of the song. In such a state we cannot yell, we cannot shout, we simply are. And this dark yet resigned, simplistic atmosphere engulfs its listener to a place where it feels ok to be confined.

The fourth incantation of ‘Paradise Circus’ transforms the dark and seductive original (released: 8.Feb.2010) into a darker and subtler atmospheric piece. After a house rendition by Gui Boratto and a hard hitting dubstep rendition by Zeds Dead, ‘Paradise Circus’ has become one of the most successfully remixed songs in recent times, and it isn’t surprising that Burial is able to have his way with the passionate track. Rather than bringing you along for the circus ride as others have done, Burial lets the track walk next to you, winking at you instead of grabbing at you. In doing so, he manages to evoke an even deeper layer of the song that has never been seen before.

While this two-track collaboration isn’t going to be the one to turn you onto the fascinating and perplexing minds of Will Bevan or 3D and company, it does add another peg to each artist’s respective portfolios. And with portfolios like these, the limited edition 12” vinyl is sure to be displayed quite prominently in record collections in the years to come.



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aok
December 9th 2011


4457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nothing crazy or new here really, but this hadn't gotten a review yet, and I like it quite a lot. Feedback welcome as always

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2011


50953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

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WashboardSuds
December 9th 2011


5043 Comments


Nice job Andy, I should check this out

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aok
December 9th 2011


4457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you like this stuff you should, if you don't or don't know if you do, it's probably not worth your time

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2011


24090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

should be "2" instead of "two" ;)

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MaskAtTheMasquerade
December 9th 2011


2888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like what i see

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
December 9th 2011


3663 Comments


this is pretty epic

GodL1ke
December 9th 2011


804 Comments


i'll explode if i see one more wrong use of the word 'epic'

Drsmith4
December 9th 2011


1719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Affirmative

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2011


50953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll explode if i see one more wrong use of the word 'epic'

Don't ever watch the news or use a news website then

GodL1ke
December 9th 2011


804 Comments


yea i think i'll steer clear of tv. and the internet. and movies. and people.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


6337 Comments


pos just for the win summary.

excellent review too.

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TheVoiceAndTheSnake
December 9th 2011


3663 Comments


Fine. Majestic

Nikkolae
December 9th 2011


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit this sounds amazing

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aok
December 9th 2011


4457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

should be "2" instead of "two" ;)


haha. win

aok
December 9th 2011


4457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks everyone =)

Gyromania
December 9th 2011


16082 Comments


Yet the astonishing amount of rapport developed so quickly between the two artists is so palpable, the mood so real that it doesn’t really matter.


The ending of this sentence doesn't flow well at all.. Maybe if you reworked it like this: '...between the two artists is so palpable and real that..' Other than that minor quibble this is a good review, Andy. Glad to see that someone finally got around to posting one. I haven't heard this yet but I'll see about getting around to it later tonight.

Edit: how awesome is that album art!?

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2011


24090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome dig Gyro

Tyrael
December 9th 2011


20972 Comments


Great review/ EP

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


6337 Comments


Somebody should feature this like whenever.



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