Protection (Massive Attack Album)
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Protection Massive Attack Album
is the second Protection studio album by English electronic music group Massive Attack, released on 26 September 1994 by Circa and Virgin Records. It was the last album to feature Tricky as a member of the group, before going solo with his album in 1995.
Reception Protection was featured in the top ten of magazine's 'Coolest Albums of All Time List', calling it "great music for when you're driving around a city at 4 am," due to the ' Rolling Stone chill out' nature of the album. Like most of Massive Attack's albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from R&B (title track and "Sly") to hip hop/rap ("Karmacoma" and "Eurochild") to reggae-tinged synthpop ("Spying Glass") to classical-influenced electronica instrumentals ("Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser"). The album follows structurally, to the point that the font used on the cover of the album is the same, Blue Lines Helvetica Heavy Italic.
Paul Evans of
gave the album three and a half of five stars calling it "Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in sampled hip-hop beats."
It is the second and last Massive Attack album listed in the book
. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die  ranked it at number 51 in its list of the "100 Best Albums of the Nineties". Rolling Stone  Tricky again appeared on the album, rapping on the tracks " Karmacoma" (whose video was directed by Jonathan Glazer, and which featured a sample from The KLF's " Dream Time in Lake Jackson" at the 2:00 minute mark) and "Eurochild" (which featured samples from Startled Insects' "Cheetah" and Liquid Liquid's "Lock Groove (In)").
DJ Mad Professor remixed the album in 1995 under the name .
As of 2010, sales in the United States have exceeded 292,000 copies, according to
Nielsen SoundScan. 
Track listing Sample credits  "Weather Storm" contains samples of "It's Time for Love", written by Curtis Harmon, James Lloyd, and Cedric Napoleon, and performed by
Pieces of a Dream. "Better Things" contains samples of "Never Can Say Goodbye", written and performed by
James Brown. "Eurochild" contains samples of "Blank Expression", written by John Bradbury, Roderick Byers, Jeremy Dammers, Lynval Golding, Terry Hall, Stephen Panter, and Neville Staples, and performed by The Specials.
Personnel Massive Attack -
producer, mixing, programming, artwork
Nellee Hooper - producer, mixing
Marius De Vries, Andy Wright, The Insects, Nick Warren - programming
Robert "3D" Del Naja, Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, Tricky, Tracey Thorn, Horace Andy, Nicolette - vocals
Craig Armstrong - piano
Chester Kamen - guitar Rob Merril -
Mark "Spike" Stent - mix engineer Jim Abbiss - mix engineer
Jeremy "Jim Bob" Wheatley - additional Engineering
Al Stone - additional engineering
Mike Marsh -
mastering Michael-Nash Assoc. - artwork
Matthew Donaldson, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Eddie Monsoon - photography
Certifications and sales
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Sullivan, Caroline (30 September 1994). "CD of the week: Massive Attack". . The Guardian
Kessler, Ted (24 September 1994). "Support for All". : 49. NME
Evans, Paul (6 April 1995). "Massive Attack: Protection". . Archived from Rolling Stone the original on 25 October 2007 . Retrieved 2014.
Kot, Greg (2004). "Massive Attack". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. . The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster. pp. 517-18. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
Hall, Matt (October 1994). "Dub Wiser". (52): 103. Select
Martin, Gavin (October 1994). "Direct hit". (128). Vox
Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
Protection (liner notes). Massive Attack. Wild Bunch Records. 1994. WBRCD 2.
"Massive Attack | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
"French album certifications - Massive Attack - Protection" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
"Dutch album certifications - Massive Attack - Protection" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Protection in the "Artiest of titel" box.
"The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Massive Attack; 'Protection')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
"British album certifications - Massive Attack - Protection". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Protection in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
"American album certifications - Massive Attack - Protection". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH .
"IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - 2004". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 2012.