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Massive Attack — Pray for Rain
Album: Heligoland
Avg rating:
6.4

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Total ratings: 465









Released: 2010
Length: 6:33
Plays (last 30 days): 0
In deepest hollow of our minds
A system failure left behind

And their necks crane
As they turn to pray for rain
And their necks crane

Dull residue of what once was
A shattered cloud of swirling doves

And their eyes change
As they learn to see through flames
And their necks crane
As they turn to pray for rain

Their eyes change
As they learn to see through flames
And their necks crane
As they turn to pray for rain

Drops on rocks fall fast and fleeting
Hearts and wings commence to beating
What's unseen with all believing
Vision walls fall all receding

Vision walls fall all receding
Drops on rocks come fast and fleeting
Rhythm laws unleash their meaning
Usher us into the dreaming

Vision walls fall all receding
Hearts and wings commence to beating
All unending, all completing
Vision walls fall fast and fleeting

Vision walls fall all revealing
Vision walls fall all revealing
Vision walls fall all revealing
Vision walls fall all revealing

In deepest hollow of our minds
A system failure left behind
Dull residue of what once was
A shattered cloud of swirling doves

And their eyes change
As they learn to see through flames
And their necks crane
As they pray for rain
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Started with a 5 and dropped to a 3 ... it's just so monotone, repetitive.
 gatorade wrote:
Well, they should live here. It's rained nearly every day since last October. Can I change the lyrics to "Tired of Rain"?
 

 
Nope, not unless you live on Moresby Island which gets 20 feet (20FFEET!) of rain a year. I  fished around there for 20 years and it was dry 1 day in 4 on average.
 gatorade wrote:
Well, they should live here. It's rained nearly every day since last October. Can I change the lyrics to "Tired of Rain"?
 

 

Well, they should live here. It's rained nearly every day since last October. Can I change the lyrics to "Tired of Rain"?
 
great stuff... gonna get this album  for sure! {#Clap}
I absolutely LOVE this, and the rest of the album. One of the many I had to add thanks to RP :)
I like 'Prayers for rain' The Cure,  much more
This would play well with some Morphine.
 floydoftherocks wrote:
ha first i thought it sounded like elbow, then "realized" it was TVOTR..
 
I thought Elbow singer too (and possibly even Colin Hay?) — it's grown on me — 5 {#Arrow} 7

when the song started I thought it was Touch Me I'm Going to Scream... My Morning JacketEvil Urges which is a great song!
 Rooney wrote:
I dug it.  I'll pour a 9 all over it....    {#Umbrella}
 

This is some kind of cool...
I dug it.  I'll pour a 9 all over it....    {#Umbrella}
You know, I just had to upgrade this to a 7 from a 3 — it's growing on me.  It's just a little "chewy" — takes a little while to get your ears around it.
 ziggytrix wrote:
It's Tunde Adebimpe (lead singer of TV On The Radio).
 
I was wondering about the similarity to TVOTR - that' answers my question.

 perryandcaro wrote:
Is this Charlie Wilson singing? I have his HOBO album and that voice is quite distinct.
 

It's Tunde Adebimpe (lead singer of TV On The Radio).

ha first i thought it sounded like elbow, then "realized" it was TVOTR..
 ckcotton wrote:
i usually like Massive A.. but not this
 
Agreed. Heard this in the background while working and thought it was RP mixed in with audio from a Web ad. 

Bad song! No! bad! 
Love the drum-heavy section in the middle. Great tune.
Is this Charlie Wilson singing? I have his HOBO album and that voice is quite distinct.
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Yes, very catchy, with what sounds like a sample from Porcupine Tree halfway through!
 
...or from a very old Depeche Mode song....

Yes, very catchy, with what sounds like a sample from Porcupine Tree halfway through!
 Limpopoking wrote:

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Amazon we go!

(definitely a TV on the Radio sound to it!)
 

Been there, bought it, and what a stunning album it is... very fresh, very original.

Once again, thanks for the intro Bill.
I heard this ONCE and immediately had to buy it. I love these guys and this one's great :)
 crockydile wrote:
I'm really digging the weirdness of this. {#Propeller}
 
second that!

I'm really digging the weirdness of this. {#Propeller}
Been looking forward to seeing these guys since I picked up Blue Lines in a used shop about 15 years ago.  Finally, this Friday, I shall be rewarded for my patience (and my 55 bucks).  Not sure any band can live up to this kind of anticipation, but from the live stuff I've seen on the 'tube, they have a good chance of doing so.
I like this one — a nice rambling groove.
i usually like Massive A.. but not this
Massive Attack: always creative. Nice.
Pair w/ Rhythm of the Heat?

{#Stupid}
 Giselle62 wrote:

one day I thought RP was playing Can. (It was my Real Player playlist.) My mind was blowing, indeed.

 
Can on RP?

That's a thought...

This sounds spooky and ominous, they have a nice way of capturing serious, dramatic tones.


 ceviche wrote:
Reminds me of a tune from the film "Triplettes of Belleville".

 
Yes.  The theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fwM4hnsdSA

 gumbo73039 wrote:
Bits of  this drumming are so reminiscent of Jaki Leibzeit of Can, needs a mad vocalist as well
 
one day I thought RP was playing Can. (It was my Real Player playlist.) My mind was blowing, indeed.

this was interesting to come two songs after "Happy Together" —-it's pretty gloomy. I like it, but it's gloomy. Are we changing direction here?
This song always stops me in my tracks.. So good.
I have been a fan of this band since "blue lines" in 1990.  Then, I read a review of that album that observed that "America is not ready for Massive Attack."  I suspect that this is still true.  They are amazing through the years, although I did not like 13 floors (stairs?) all that much.
 badstudent wrote:
What a wildly diverse track! It felt like I just listened to three different songs glued together by the lyrics alone. I don't know what to think just yet. Might take a while to figure out where to stand on this one.
 
Me, too. I find it mildly disturbing and I kinda like it, too. 5 for now.

What a wildly diverse track! It felt like I just listened to three different songs glued together by the lyrics alone. I don't know what to think just yet. Might take a while to figure out where to stand on this one.

Bits of  this drumming are so reminiscent of Jaki Leibzeit of Can, needs a mad vocalist as well

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Amazon we go!

(definitely a TV on the Radio sound to it!)


 ick wrote:

He'd have to come back from the dead...
  Well, yeah. I was just saying.


 Jelani wrote:
I think this would be cool if the singer from Morphine was doing the vocals.
 
He'd have to come back from the dead...

I think this would be cool if the singer from Morphine was doing the vocals.
Last time I heard this I thought it was Beck.....
I like it!
Massive GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
Billiant. More of that stuff, Bill. Thank you for your really good DJaying
This is OK, but I prefer them when that lady sings.
Saw these in Brighton the other week - pretty good....!!!!!
 vandal wrote:

Feels like TV On The Radio, and that's a good thing. . .
 
It should, for Tunde Adebimpe of TVOTR is lending his excellent voice to this track!
I really like this more than most Massive Attack songs!{#Clap}

Feels like TV On The Radio, and that's a good thing. . .

 B4real wrote:
WHATSUP YA´LL? GIVE MASSIVE ATTACK THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE,WORD UP!
 
Yeah!  YEAH!  Wait, what?
Hey, B4real, why don't you BKwyet?!
 marc1980 wrote:
Just playing TV on the Radio would be far more pleasing.
man,get yourself a brain b4 u judge these SUPACOOL artists&give them the RESPECT they deserve 


WHATSUP YA´LL? GIVE MASSIVE ATTACK THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE,WORD UP!
 reindeer wrote:
Wow, this funeral dirge really bummed me out.  {#Cry}
 
baby,get yourself a brain b4 u judge these supacool artists&give them the RESPECT they deserve,word up!
Nice to hear something new from MA
Wow, this funeral dirge really bummed me out.  {#Cry}
See them live, last november. Certainly one my best concert ! If not the Best. Really awesome
As was mentioned earlier, this sounds really nice on headphones.  And I like the "jumble" mish mash....
Me like.

{#Meditate}
It's okay, but certainly doesn't capture my attention like the songs on their other albums.
Love it, even though I agree with Bill it does not sound like MA!
This is just stupid
{#Beat}
Just playing TV on the Radio would be far more pleasing.
Wow. I used to like these guys. Sounds like surprise autopsy as opposed to massive attack.
nate917 wrote:
Splitting Headache would be a better name for the album. This cut makes Morphine sound like the Archies. They say that after Syd Barrett began to freak out, he'd sometimes stand there for hours playing the same note over and over with a dazed look on his face. Also, at the zoo, a cheetah's pacing back and forth endlessly in front of its cage is said to be a sign that it has gone partially mad. This song reminds me of Syd and the cheetah. Poor things. 1 from the Notinmycollection Jury.


Makes Morphine sound like the Archies....LOL!!! What a great metaphor! LOVE IT!!! {#Lol}
What a confused track.  Sum of the parts is an ugly jumble.
Not a lot of middle ground with this offering.

I like it better with headphones. Layered like a parfait and I dig the groove.

That's my two cents, which can't even buy me a piece of Bazooka bubble gum anymore.
Splitting Headache would be a better name for the album.  This cut makes Morphine sound like the Archies.  They say that after Syd Barrett began to freak out, he'd sometimes stand there for hours playing the same note over and over with a dazed look on his face.  Also, at the zoo, a cheetah's pacing back and forth endlessly in front of its cage is said to be a sign that it has gone partially mad.  This song reminds me of Syd and the cheetah.  Poor things.  1 from the Notinmycollection Jury.

{#Eek}
 shutter wrote:
ziggytrix wrote:
This sounds more like Elbow than Massive Attack.

 
hcaudill wrote:

I was going to say Peter Gabriel.

  I was going to say TV On The Radio!
 
Yup, it is the singer from TV on The Radio: Tunde Adebimpe
Fuck that shit! They have just launched a new one and did not tell me??
ziggytrix wrote:
This sounds more like Elbow than Massive Attack.

 
hcaudill wrote:

I was going to say Peter Gabriel.

  I was going to say TV On The Radio!


This is awful.
The more I hear this, the more I like it.
Cool groove.

This has been kind of on in the background, but without listening closely I just realized that it is totally creeping me out, and I'm not really sure why.
Reminds me of a tune from the film "Triplettes of Belleville".

 ziggytrix wrote:
This sounds more like Elbow than Massive Attack.
 
I was going to say Peter Gabriel.

{#Stop} Pray for the Rain to end....

 Marley wrote:
The record was produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, which could account for the different sound.
 
This sounds more like Elbow than Massive Attack.

Massive Elbow?  Elbow Attack?

It's not bad, but I don't hear what I associate with Massive Attack here. <pretend I put a shrugging emoticon here>

Wow!   ihadn't guessed that this was MA,  I like it..and give it an immediate 6...but usually I have to digest their stuff slowly over repeated listenings...this will probably climb. 
I like this one, makes me interested in checking out this new album. Didn't quite like the last album ("100th Window") as much, a little too electronic and directionless. This song sounds like they kept a little of that sound as seasoning, but then went back and did something in the style of the "Protection" album. If the rest of the album is like this, I can see myself keeping this one on rotation for a while.
Like it, nice mood. In my experience the more textural MA tracks are the most long-lived on my playlist.

Vocalist sounds like Terry Callier, who also featured on Live With Me from the Greatest Hits collection.
This is the singer from TVotR. The record was produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, which could account for the different sound. Guy sings on a song too. Can we hear that one, Bill? Please?


This is the second Massive Attack tune today, and I am intrigued.  This has such an ominous feel thanks to all the minor chords.  I like it.
It's all right
nothing exciting...
Not very impressive
...totally reminiscent of chemical brothers...


Yeah!!!, all the new EP is great  , huges from Colombia
{#Dancingbanana_2}
IMHO this is much better than the other song (Splitting The Atom) from this album that was played on RP yesterday. But I have to agree with Bill, I also never would have guessed that this is Massive Attack. Then again, it's been a long time since their last studio album, 6 years to be exact.

just caught the end of this but I think I want to buy this track. sounds excellent
 fantomas wrote:
this is new? i feel a tv on the radio shadow{#Meditate}
 
Is it the singer from TVotR?

This is groovy.  This could go on for hours as far as I'm concerned.    {#Meditate}
 unclehud wrote:
By the way, Darlington is not in Columbia, although both are in South Carolina.
 

True, Darlington is just down the road a piece....
By the way, Darlington is not in Columbia, although both are in South Carolina.

I think this EP is a preview track of their upcoming full length CD. Could be wrong about that, though...
Now for something completely different ...

this is new? i feel a tv on the radio shadow{#Meditate}