Unfinished Sympathy (5:08)

Cover of Blue Lines

From Blue Lines and 51 other releases

“Unfinished Sympathy” is a song by Massive Attack. The song originally appeared on the group’s 1991 debut album Blue Lines, and was the second single released from the album on February 11, 1991 and got as high as no13 in the UK. It features Shara Nelson on lead vocals, and is generally recognized as a pioneering song in the genre.

The percussion loop is the “belly break” sampled from a Bob James’ cover Take Me to the Mardi Gras of Paul Simon’s track of the same name. The voice at the beginning of the song is a sample of John McLaughlin, whose voice was sampled without clearance.


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  • jmhbluenose

    How anyone can say Teardrop is better is just beyond me

    18 Aug 12:07pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Something 4uuuis used to love

    19 Jul 9:12pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    oh and one of the classiest music videos of all time! props to Baillie Walsh.

    8 Jul 2:48pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    v yeah, or Eskimo by Wiley or Skeng by The Bug ..or anything by Burial.

    8 Jul 2:46pm Reply
  • Angelight2012

    This should be England national anthem

    7 Jul 4:11am Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    Not even teardrop, this is their masterpiece in my opinion

    25 Jun 7:39pm Reply
  • martin1403

    massive attack is massive good !

    20 Jun 5:46am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Amazing song but it makes me sad...

    26 May 4:13pm Reply

    the crescendo of strings falling away is everything great about music.

    14 Apr 6:56pm Reply
  • janfwelker

    try to find words

    3 Feb 6:23pm Reply
  • uptherovers

    Bristolian Trip-Hop at its best

    20 Jan 5:51pm Reply
  • schtum1

    DeValanten - The video preceded Springsteen by 3 years and the Verve by 6! I think you could say they are the versions! One of those songs that will be a classic of modern music.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DeValanten

    So emotional string section presence, much dramatic shades! Piano dynamic passages from forte to pianissimo are also wonderful. By the way, video looks like an art-house version of Verve's "Bittersweet symphony" and Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia".

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • nesluchaynosti

    Pure passion

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
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  • miamigirlie

    "Here It Comes" Emeli Sandé & Rick Smith.... if you're interested in Emeli Sande (LUV this track)

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Flynner11

    This song is Emeli Sandé's career.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pinguar

    this song is so me

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sambattye

    Something about the music in this song scares me...it's kinda creepy. Fantastic song though.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • RadioheadSnob

    It amazes me how little this song has aged, it still sounds as fresh as it did when it was released. Easily one of my top ten songs, ever.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
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