Called a fusion of electro, hip hop, soul, and reggae, the sound of Massive Attack's debut album - Blue Lines - has been described as the incepting album of what would come to be called'trip-hop.' Featuring classic hip hop hallmarks like sampling, breakbeats, and rapping, Blue Lines also incorporates live instrumentation and slower tempos than the band had previously employed.
Recorded over eight months with breaks only for Christmas and the World Cup, Blue Lines debuted in 1991 with a cover inspired by Stiff Little Fingers' Inflammable Material. Blue Lines was named by NME critic Dele Fadele as the"deadliest, most urbane, most confounding LP 1991 has yet seen," paying special attention to the band's unique fusion of disparate musical styles.
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