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100th Window
Studio album by Massive Attack
Released 10 February 2003
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Electronica, Trip-Hop, Minimal Techno
Length 73:52
Label Virgin Records
Producer Robert Del Naja, Neil Davidge
Professional reviews
Massive Attack chronology
Singles 90/98
(1998)
100th Window
(2003)
Danny the Dog
(2004)
Singles from 100th Window
  1. "Special Cases"
    Released: 24 February 2003
  2. "Butterfly Caught"
    Released: 16 June 2003

100th Window is the fourth studio album from the Bristol-based trip-hop group Massive Attack. Of the band's original core trio, the album only features Robert Del Naja. Andrew Vowles departed shortly after the release of Mezzanine, and Grant Marshall refused to participate in the making of the record.

Released in February 2003, 100th Window was written and produced by Del Naja and Neil Davidge, and features vocals from Horace Andy and Sinéad O'Connor, as well as an imperceptible appearance by Damon Albarn. It is the first album by the band that made no use of samples, and contains none of the jazz or jazz fusion stylings of the band's earlier recordings.

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Background

Work on the album started in early 2000. Massive Attack recruited Lupine Howl (a band made up of ex-members of Spiritualized) for the new album. In a November 2001 interview, Lupine Howl's lead singer Sean Cook described the sessions as "very experimental ... that essentially consisted of kinda minimal loops and noises that were fed to our head phones from the computer up in the control room. Then we would have this sort of extended jam session playing along to them and they would do various things to do the loops. Sometimes they would drop out the loop, sometimes they would start processing it with effects and delays and stuff like that, to try and make it change in various ways and see what that would do in terms of our playing. They also had a strobe light in the live room, which they controlled from the control room. They would kind of put that on and speed it up to dictate the intensity and try to affect the way we played with the lighting. It was a really good laugh; we got some good stuff. I mean, hours and hours of stuff, which they have taken back and cut up and arranged and done their things to."[1]

In a 17 July 2002 posting to Massive Attack's forums Del Naja wrote that over the course of time, the band had become "very unhappy with the shapes being formed", and that by the beginning of 2002 they had discarded most of the material that was written up to that point. As a result, Lupine Howl is not credited with any contributions to the final album. However, one song from those sessions, "Nature of Threat", was later made available for download on Massive Attack's website.

The title of the album comes from the book "The Hundredth Window: Protecting Your Privacy and Security in the Age of the Internet"; this title is an allusion to the idea that one's security is compromised if even one window is left open. In a 2003 interview, Del Naja explained that, "There's always a way in, there's always one thing you'll leave and locks are undone, and something you've forgotten. It's a great analogy to the human psyche and the soul, and the way we're voyeuristic, we like to look at and see everything we can get our hands on, have that power and be able to look at other people and look into thoughts while closing ourselves off and keeping ourselves as private as possible."[2]

Reception

100th Window received a generally positive, though somewhat muted critical reception, many arguing that whilst Massive Attack's previous three albums had all broken significant new ground for the group, 100th Window's dark, brooding sound was merely a continuation, although in some areas, less dark, of Mezzanine.[citation needed]

Initial critical response to 100th Window was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 75, based on 25 reviews.[3]

Track listing

All tracks written by Robert "3D" Del Naja and Neil Davidge except tracks 2, 4 & 6 written by Del Naja/Davidge/O'Connor

# Title Length
1. "Future Proof" (vocals by 3D) 5:37
2. "What Your Soul Sings" (vocals by Sinéad O'Connor) 6:37
3. "Everywhen" (vocals by Horace Andy) 7:37
4. "Special Cases" (vocals by Sinéad O'Connor) 5:09
5. "Butterfly Caught" (vocals by 3D) 7:33
6. "A Prayer for England" (vocals by Sinéad O'Connor) 5:44
7. "Small Time Shot Away" (vocals by 3D, backing vocals by 2D (Damon Albarn)) 7:57
8. "Name Taken" (vocals by Horace Andy) 7:47
9. "Antistar" (vocals by 3D) 8:17
10. "hidden track" (instrumental) 11:23

Personnel

Orchestra arrangement by Craig Pruess, Neil Davidge and Robert "3D" Del Naja

References

External links

Preceded by
Simply Deep by Kelly Rowland
UK number one album
22 February 2003 – 28 February 2003
Succeeded by
Justified by Justin Timberlake

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

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100th Window is the fourth studio album from the Bristol-based trip-hop group Massive Attack. Of the band's original core people, the album only features Robert Del Naja. Andrew Vowles left shortly after the release of Mezzanine, and Grant Marshall did not want to be in the making of the record.[1]

Released in February 2003, 100th Window was written and produced by Del Naja and Neil Davidge, and features vocals from Horace Andy and Sinéad O'Connor, as well as one appearance by Damon Albarn. It is the first album by the band that made no use of samples, and contains none of the jazz or jazz fusion stylings of the Blue Lines or Protection recordings, but is less dark than Mezzanine. The album could of been released earlier, but Del Naja was arrested a few months earlier before it was released under suspicion of child pornography offences. However, he was clear.[2]

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