Splitting The Atom
Label: Virgin Records
Perhaps spurred by Portishead's unexpected 2008 comeback, Massive Attack return from several years off and sound unexpectedly inspired. The organ-drenched "Splitting" features the honeyed voice of Horace Andy and sounds like Stereolab chopped 'n' screwed; "Pray for Rain" pairs TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe with waterlogged pianos, rolling toms and the kind of brooding bass that's always been Massive Attack's forte. "Psyche (Flash Treatment)" features Martina Topley Bird, and Elbow's Guy Garvey guests on "Bulletproof Love."