Release date
28 Aug 2006
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn - Protection 7:54 3,292
2 Massive Attack - Karmacoma 5:09 398,417
3 Massive Attack - Three 3:49 190,548
4 Massive Attack - Weather Storm 4:57 196,702
5 Massive Attack - Spying Glass 5:21 182,835
6 Massive Attack - Better Things 4:13 197,560
7 Massive Attack - Euro Child 5:11 17,807
8 Massive Attack - Sly 5:29 254,788
9 Massive Attack - Heat Miser 3:39 187,634
10 Massive Attack - Light My Fire (Live) 3:15 125,204

About this album

Protection (1994) is Bristol-based collective Massive Attack’s second album.

Protection was featured in the top ten of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘Coolest Albums of All Time List,’ calling it “great music for when you’re driving around a city at 4 am,” due to the ‘chill out’ nature of the album. Like most of Massive Attack’s albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from R&B (title track, Sly) to hip-hop/rap (Karmacoma, Eurochild) to reggae-tinged synthpop (Spying Glass) to classical-influenced instrumentals (Weather Storm, Heat Miser).

Paul Evans of Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half of five stars calling it “Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses , and , grounding its grace in sampled beats.”
It is the second and last Massive Attack album listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The track “Karmacoma” featured vocals from Tricky, and the video was directed by Jonathan Glazer. The song also features a sample from the track “Dream Time in Lake Jackson” by The KLF, which can be found 2:00 minutes in.
DJ Mad Professor remixed the album in 1995 under the name No Protection.

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