Heligoland is a German Archipelago in Northern Sea. And that is how the songs of the namesake Massive Attack album (with Grant “Daddy G” Marshall back together with Robert Del Naja) sound like: autonomous sound islands scattered in a sea of ominous strings(without Craig Armstrong any more) and menacing rhythms. Definitely better than 100th Window but not a masterpiece, it leaves us without a sense of satisfaction despite the brilliant troupe of guest artists appearing: Damon Albarn (Blur), Andrew Utley (Portishead), Horace Andy, Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey (Elbow).
Suggested tracks: Splitting The Atom, Paradise Circus, Atlas Air
This review was originally published in Screw magazine - issue 15.