Massive Attack’s Blue Lines turns 20 this month.

Massive Attack, Blue Lines

Released on April 8 1991, Blue Lines presented a brand-new pop template, one which numerous others have studied, but all have fallen short of meeting the same magic found here. If we’re talking influential albums of the year, this is my foremost pick – and with Screamadelica and Nevermind among the competition, that’s no little praise. Arguably, the Bristolians have never bettered their debut – although there are moments of 1998’s Mezzanine where they stretch into equally brilliant highs, albeit far darker ones.

My BBC review of Blue Lines can be found here.

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