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 3,422
2 Massive Attack - Karmacoma 5:09 409,358
3 Massive Attack - Three 3:49 196,738
4 Massive Attack - Weather Storm 4:57 203,389
5 Massive Attack - Spying Glass 5:21 187,913
6 Massive Attack - Better Things 4:13 203,894
7 Massive Attack - Euro Child 5:11 20,575
8 Massive Attack - Sly 5:29 261,713
9 Massive Attack - Heat Miser 3:39 193,464
10 Massive Attack - Light My Fire (Live) 3:15 127,895

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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  • phosgene

    One of my favourite albums ever. I grew up on this music.

    16 May 1:03pm Reply
  • tomekkowalczyk

    My favourite album :)

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lsteamer

    Happy Birthday x2

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dandyboy73

    I'm sure I remember 3D saying around the time it came out that they deliberately wanted to stop the album from being "too perfect", and that they felt it needed something really jarring on the end. It's certainly that...

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • lsteamer

    Happy Birthday.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ScepSpec

    Godawful isn't even a strong enough word to express how badly "Light my fire" ruins the otherwise ethereal atmosphere ... Just try going to sleep or having sex to this record and you'll know what I mean

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Eurochild... what a groove!

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    i agree with opnion below

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • spreadblood4

    It would have been called Perfection, but the godawful Light My Fire cover prevents that from happening. [2] pretty much, just so out of place and unnecessary!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DenizYlmz

    By far the best album.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Juckey

    So underrated jewel.

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • arenescu

    Much more refined and consistent than Blue Lines for sure.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    It would have been called Perfection, but the godawful Light My Fire cover prevents that from happening.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Ultra_DM_

    Karmacoma, Weather Strom, Heat Miser

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Should've ended with Heat Miser. Still, fantastic album.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Lastactionzero

    real good, yea

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • dim3trodon

    Protection, Karmacoma and Eurochild: classics.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Tortiflex

    Awesome. Still their best.

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • suckinsyn

    most incredible track isn't as known as protection or karmacoma. It's weather storm, what a climate...

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
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