CULTURE

The band that ‘reached classic status with their first album’

I became acquainted with Massive Attack through their album «Protection.» It prompted similar thoughts to when I had first heard Talking Heads back in 1991. «Music’s changed again,» I thought both times. Their sound is quite an accomplishment. Through Massive Attack, I also discovered Tricky. I was astounded when I first heard «Karma Coma,» but the song that really sent me reeling was «Eurochild.» I felt like I leaped forward to the future. Electronic music had already gone a long way by the 90s. I always liked it. I enjoy remaining informed, dancing to it, and traveling with it. However, because I’m no musical researcher but more of an ordinary traveler, I find it easier and more enjoyable when there’s a guiding force. When I was troubled by the vastness of jazz as a youngster, Chet Baker’s work helped enormously. I was initially taken with his voice, then the trumpet playing, as be-bop’s amazing world started to unfold before me. It was more or less the same with electronic music. Massive Attack may have helped music evolve globally, but what I liked most was that this group helped change song. I don’t believe it is necessary to elaborate about their discography. An amazing course. Every single guest that has either sung or played with this group until now has mesmerized. I saw them play several years ago in Thessaloniki. A disappointment – very frigid. Reliable sources, people who agreed with me on the Thessaloniki show, tell me the current tour’s show is fabulous, so it’s probably worth going this time. Massive Attack, I believe, reached classic status with their first album. It really is amazing how they’ve combined incongruent styles so well. There is no mold that matches their sound because this band strives for the intangible – pure inspiration. (1) Pavlos Pavlidis, a singer-songwriter, releases his new album, «Alli Mia Mera,» on June 12.