Protection + 5xBonus

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15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Protection 7:53 424,152
2 Karmacoma 5:09 406,138
3 Three 3:49 195,047
4 Weather Storm 4:57 201,453
5 Spying Glass 5:21 186,479
6 Better Things 4:13 202,031
7 Eurochild 5:08 190,187
8 Sly 5:29 259,595
9 Heat Miser 3:39 191,876
10 Light My Fire (Live) 3:15 127,144
11 Nature Boy (feat. David Bowie) 4:10 4,757
12 Games Without Frontiers (feat. Peter Gabriel) 5:19 87
13 Journey Into the Brain (feat. Pink Floyd) 4:35 48
14 Protection (feat. Portishead) 7:53 36
15 Stinkfist (feat. Tool) (Trip-Hop mix) 2:33 58

About this album

“Protection” is a album by Massive Attack. Singles from the album include Sly, Protection, and Karmacoma. It has been many times since 1994; sometimes with extra tracks included.

Like most of Massive Attack’s albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from R&B (title track, Sly) to / (Karmacoma, Eurochild) to -tinged synthpop (Spying Glass) to classical-influenced instrumentals (Weather Storm, Heat Miser). This album in particular has a heavy use of string instruments (or at least synthesizers imitating string instruments) compared to other Massive Attack albums, although certain tracks before and after have featured strings, like “Unfinished Sympathy” and “Live with Me”.

Paul Evans of Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half of five stars calling it “Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in sampled hip-hop beats.”
It is the second and last Massive Attack album listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It 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.

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.

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  • Arthurayoflight


    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    i know, they really need to think of a way to fix the naming conventions on this site...

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tiffanyska

    I just want to say I hate this new 30 second listening lastfm bullshit.... ...and the fact that they have the track listing fucked up for the regular Protection album (idk what this Protection+5x bonus shit is) All they have for the regular Protection album is a few Protection(the song) remixes. pisses me off.. grrrr

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • RadioBongo

    stinkfist remix?!?!?! never heard it 0_o

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mixplusik

    at least it has a tracklist...

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ritesofspring

    No I've never heard of Protection + 5xBonus either. Def not official...

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • no_such_thing

    Who edits these things? this version has 300 thiusand plays while the single has 3 million? plus there has never been such a "protection + 5xbonus" thing.

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • xvaleryx


    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Milehigh_7

    Tracey Thorn + Massive Attack == Love

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • canhenha


    24 Aug 2009 Reply
  • loudecibels

    damn, I don't have this version...but I want it!

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • phosgene

    Nicolette Suwoton is genius. You MUST check out her solo stuff!!!

    12 Apr 2008 Reply
  • lumolove

    Soooo good,one of the Best Songs-tracy thorne sings.

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Buttsnake


    11 Jan 2008 Reply

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