Massive Attack
Ritual Spirit


4.0
excellent

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (12 Reviews)
February 4th, 2016 | 205 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Massive Attack's triumphant return.

After 2010's moderately well received Heligoland, trip hop legends Massive Attack took quite a bit of time off before making a comeback. The British duo has a very busy year ahead of them, however, and we shouldn't have to wait long to hear a new full-length release. In the meantime, fans are treated with a short, memorable and maybe surprisingly excellent EP. Notorious for bringing Tricky back to collaborating with the band for the first time since 1994, Ritual Spirit should give everyone a reason to look forward to what Massive Attack is still gearing up to do in 2016.

From the very beginning, Ritual Spirit is pretty much to the point, and it's all the better for it. The prominent bassline compliments Roots Manuva's appearance on opening track "Dead Editors" extremely well, and propelled by a stunning beat he has one of the most impressive performances here. Azekel doesn't fall behind, delivering on a standout title track. The eerie guitar tone blends in alongside his falsetto and the droning synths in the back almost effortlessly, creating an all around great tune. However, it's Tricky who takes center stage here, and for no lack of reason. His return to Massive Attack is more than enough reason to celebrate, and his haunting raspy vocals on the somber piano-led "Take It There" make for a perfect way to close out this short and strong EP.

If there was ever any doubt, this group still has an enormous talent. They still sound fresh, innovative and exciting as they did 25 years ago, and this EP further emphasizes that. Fans can invest safely, as there's not a single bad track here, in fact they're all remarkably great. There's said to be more to come from the duo in the spring, and if there was ever any lack of encouragement to keep up with Massive Attack in 2016, Ritual Spirit just proved you wrong.



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danielcardoso
February 4th 2016


11770 Comments


A bit short, but I really didn't have much to say about this and it couldn't go on not having a review.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2016


3240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finished downloading this about 5 minutes ago, looking forward to hearing it. Nice little review too.

PappyMason
February 4th 2016


5702 Comments


Been meaning to listen to this for a while now. Heard good things.

PappyMason
February 4th 2016


5702 Comments


Nice review btw, short and sweet.

danielcardoso
February 4th 2016


11770 Comments


Thanks boys, cheers.

Spacesh1p
February 4th 2016


7669 Comments


Gonna check for sure, nice little write up

JamieTwort
February 4th 2016


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice one, Dan.



This is indeed pretty great.

TwigTW
February 4th 2016


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds good, didn't realize Tricky was back with them--looking forward to a full album.

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DoofusWainwright
February 4th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, can't believe Tricky is on this, hope it's the start of a reunion as both MA and Tricky could do with shaking things up

Ryus
February 4th 2016


17393 Comments


sweeet

danielcardoso
February 4th 2016


11770 Comments


Cheers fellas.

Tunaboy45
February 4th 2016


16734 Comments


No doubt this'll be an enjoyable listen.

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bloc
February 4th 2016


55048 Comments


Always thought these guys were way overrated

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cvlts
February 4th 2016


9528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was such a pleasant surprise. Dead Editors is fucking ace

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2016


11681 Comments


Neat review man

anarchistfish
February 4th 2016


27088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is great and all but it's not that much better than their recent stuff

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 4th 2016


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

decent little review.



However, it's Tricky who takes center stage here, and for no lack of reason.




if anything, his feat on his ep compared to his new solo album prove that tricky should just quit solo music forever and just rejoin MA.



The British duo has a very busy year ahead of them, however, and we shouldn't have to wait long to hear a new full-length release. In the meantime, fans are treated with a short, memorable, and perhaps surprisingly excellent EP.

There's said to be more to come from the duo in the spring




on top of the full length there is going to be a new ep in spring. both eps are only massive attack in spirit considering this one is entirely produced by del naja and the spring ep is apparently entirely produced by daddy g. guessing the full length will be the both of them writing together again,

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 4th 2016


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"this is great and all but it's not that much better than their recent stuff"



are u dumb or... this is their recent stuff. their only recent stuff.

jtswope
February 4th 2016


5788 Comments


Tricky's new album sucked yeah.

Supercoolguy64
February 4th 2016


8808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

take it there is pretty great yeah

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