Thursday, 27 October 2016

Retro Single of the Week - Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy - look back

My new retro single of the week for this week is the brilliant 'Unfinished Sympathy' from Massive Attack.

Such an iconic song, and such an iconic video from a great UK band. Massive Attack are an English group, who have had their share of great songs, but for me, none reached the greatness of this one.

Massive Attack formed in 1988 and consist of members - Robert "3D" Del Naja, Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall. 'Unfinished Sympathy' also included another Brit artist - Shara Nelson on vocals.

It was the second single from their debut album Blue Lines. It was released in 1991 in the UK and reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

This song is a dance song, but with a slower tempo and featuring lots of strings, and a looped vocal background of "hey hey hey hey" which is really distinctive. It has some beautiful moments, where the gorgeous sound of the orchestra and the vocals lift up in a really satisfying peak.

Shara Nelson's vocals are perfect for this track. She also is the star of the video, which is a single shot of her walking through a City - Los Angeles no less. It is a great video, and no doubt the inspiration for the later video by The Verve with their classic 'Bitter Sweet Symphony".

This is a true classic - if you have never heard this, or just not for a while, go check it out - remind yourself how much of a tune it is, or find a new piece of music you might just fall in love with.

You can find more of my singles of the week - new and retro, plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Let me know what you think of this one :)


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