Blue Lines

Wild Bunch Records
Release date
28 Aug 2006
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Safe From Harm 5:18 0
2 One Love 4:48 255,149
3 Blue Lines 4:21 256,551
4 Be Thankful for What You've Got 4:09 239,415
5 Five Man Army 6:04 299,852
6 Unfinished Sympathy 5:08 518,420
7 Daydreaming 5:22 235,362
8 Lately 4:26 217,565
9 Hymn Of The Big Wheel 6:36 213,197

About this album

Blue Lines is the debut album by British electronica group Massive Attack, released on April 8, 1991 by Virgin Records.

Blue Lines was generally considered the first trip hop album, though the term wasn’t coined until several years later. Blue Lines was a success in the United Kingdom, though sales were limited elsewhere. A fusion of electronic music, hip hop, dub music, ’70s soul music and reggae, the album established Massive Attack as one of the innovative British bands of the 1990s and the founder of trip hop’s Bristol Sound. Music critic Simon Reynolds stated that the album also marked a change in electronic/dance music, “a shift toward a more interior, meditational sound. The songs on Blue Lines run at ‘spliff’ tempos - from a mellow, moonwalking 90 beats per minute …down to a positively torpid 67 bpm.” The group also drew inspiration from concept albums in various genres by artists such as Pink Floyd, Public Image Ltd., Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes.

Blue Lines featured breakbeats, sampling, and rapping on a number of tracks, but the design of the album differed from traditional hip hop. Massive Attack approached the American-born hip hop movement from an underground British perspective, as well as incorporating live instruments into the mixes. It features the vocals of Shara Nelson and Horace Andy, along with the rapping of Tricky Kid. Blue Lines proved to be popular in the club scene, as well as on college radios.

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  • mutinyonark

    Revolutionary album, definitive for it's time.

    8 Mar 12:13am Reply
  • Gaffes

    Blue Lines should be considered as their best work just for the amazing ability to blend so many genres so naturally.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Azzyk

    Classic, lovely, sexy and deep. Don't compare this to anything else they've released later and just appreciate something as beautiful as Blue Lines was ever created. Great debut album.

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Le__Freak

    unbeatable in so many ways ♥

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Tricksta_P

    Great album.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
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    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    excellent album

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CountLizard

    Easily their best album.

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    "Very dull in comparison to what the group would later achieve." nice joke

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    Badass album, but I've always considered Mezzanine to be the group's peak. It was a unique example of a band being heavily influenced by an ex-member's solo work - after Tricky split and started putting out really dark solo albums, Massive Attack put out a pitch black record that out-Trickied Tricky himself.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • prokacper

    I woudn't say so.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Very dull in comparison to what the group would later achieve.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    easily the superior album.

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    i hate mezzanine. this is pretty sick.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ataraxi4

    how can this be third?

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    The genres blend well together, love it.

    11 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    Some of these songs had to grow on me, but I like them a lot now. The songs "Unfinished Sympathy," "Be Thankful for What You've Got", and "Safe From Harm" are brilliant. I really liked "Lately" and "Daydreaming" too.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Foggster

    birth of a legend

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ataraxi4

    love the late 80s vibe of it

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Count_Blah

    i always have sex to this album.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
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