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Massive Attack — Unfinished Sympathy
Album: Blue Lines
Avg rating:
7.7

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Total ratings: 1179









Released: 1991
Length: 5:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I know that I've been mad in love before
And how it could be with you
Really hurt me, baby, really hurt me, baby
How can you have a day without a night?
You're the book that I have opened
And now I've got to know much more
The curiousness of your potential kiss
Has got my mind and body aching
Really hurt me, baby, really hurt me, baby
How can you have a day without a night?
You're the book that I have opened
And now I've got to know much more

Like a soul without a mind in a body without a heart
I'm missing every part

Like a soul without a mind in a body without a heart
I'm missing every part
Like a soul without a mind in a body without a heart
I'm missing every part
Like a soul without a mind in a body without a heart
I'm missing every part
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I love the video to this song....
I had never heard of them & my son turned me onto this approx. 2008.  I was blown away.  
doesn't get better....
best Bristol boys ever
 Donar wrote:


Definitely and this one is a masterpiece i think.
 
Right?  Not bad for a debut album either, and wow, 1991 seems like AGES ago (my freshman year of HS)
I've been at an 8 for awhile on this one, maybe I'll go to 9 one day....not today....Long Live RP!!
This reminds me of a Prodigy song but I can't put my finger on it. Is anyone else having the same impression and can point me to the source?
During the first Gulf War of 1991 Massive Attack changed their name into Massive.

Don't no for sure...
 Alastair wrote:
One of the few bands that genuinely moved music on. You can hear their influence in so many other acts to this day.     
 

Definitely and this one is a masterpiece i think.
 ckevin63 wrote:
Sounds like Banksy.
 

We all know 3D is not Banksy.
You were ill informed if you think he is.


...No I'm not going to tell you who he is.
Always reminds me of my first time in a club.
The whole day was amazing.
rattles shakes...
One of the few bands that genuinely moved music on. You can hear their influence in so many other acts to this day.     
 ckevin63 wrote:
Sounds like Banksy.

 
Not really for me.. I'd say Banksy sounds like a mix of The Clash with Manu Chao.
Sounds like Banksy.
Sublime for ever
Still sounds so good after all these years.{#Clap}
easy 10.  Surprised my CD still plays as was played to death when this came out.
 Sjaaks wrote:
Still can see the woman walking down the street in the music video... {#Smile}
 

What a brilliant video. Memorable.
 jukes1 wrote:
Hymn Of The Big Wheel - 10

this song...? not-so-much 

 
de gustibus....
Hymn is mediocre at best for me but this is +100
{#Crown} 
always loved the arrangement on this song ! zesty
This is a great late nite tune, but I'll still take it on a Wednesday morning here in Chicago.  After all, it's late nite somewhere in the world right now.
Superb.  There's nothing wrong with Shara Nelson's solo album from that era, either.
awesome
Nice to hear this again. RP must have so many high ranking songs, please continue to play the favorites.
 The_Walrus wrote:
Just sublime, one of the best ever

 
100 percent agree! Still got goosebumps after all this years.
Just sublime, one of the best ever
 katiecopstick wrote:
If there was a God this would be his intro music
 

 
{#Clap}
I was living in Bristol in 1991.  Thank you Massive Attack for the great memories and to R.P. for bringing them back.
I'm hearing some new variety in the music, Bill...
Thanks for that!
Change is GOOD!  {#Hearteyes} 
 omersegev wrote:
Masterpiece.

Listened to the album non stop while serving the Army... 

 
US Army? Thank you for your service.

BTW, love this song...reminds me of another great album from the same era, Pet Shop Boys' "Behaviour"......wonderfully moody album.


I have always loved this song. Also the 1shot video is amazing...
Whoa.  Is this really from 1991?  

Good song, but there are much better on the album, IMO.   
Nice  Vocal
Masterpiece.

Listened to the album non stop while serving the Army... 
 Patricula wrote:
I actually checked to see if any of the browser windows I had up was playing a looping banner ad that was playing at the same time of this song. 
Holy cow was this song (checks my spelling...) cacophonous and discordant!

 
It seems like a pretty standard "trip-hop" kind of dance tune with some sampling added.  I don't hear any specific cacophony or discord, but I guess it depends on one's definitions of those words.
Very Moby-ish.
If there was a God this would be his intro music
 
Hymn Of The Big Wheel - 10

this song...? not-so-much 

I may have said this before, but, man, my little tube amp loves this.....
People rating this sucko-barfo....you have "ishoos"...try to deal with 'em...huh?
One of those songs that sound great when are listened early in the morning.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Still amazing! Love those strings with the trip hop beat.{#Music}
 

Groovy still.
Very good stuff. I like this.

Sounds like Sophie B Hawkins is back...
The two, Unfinished Symphony and Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover could be bookends ...
Amazon link should help RP overhead...


Ouch.
 Patricula wrote:
I actually checked to see if any of the browser windows I had up was playing a looping banner ad that was playing at the same time of this song. 
Holy cow was this song (checks my spelling...) cacophonous and discordant!
 
I checked my iTunes to see if it had hiccuped and was playing one of the (not very good) songs I occasionally download only because they're free.
Since I'm listening with just one ear bud (left ear), this sounds quite odd.....
Are they sampling a Jon Bonham drum line (cut short) from L.Z.III = Immigration Song... no can't be.

I don't want to like it, but I can't help myself. Some depth here.
obligatory to show up on this decade 90's revival
Way ahead of their time.
 Lumpy13 wrote:
This was 1992, people!  This rest of the sheeple in our country were listening to Right Said Fred.
 

They both could easily fit in the same format. This is really bad. Not Massive Attack, I usually like them, but this song.... Oy vay!!{#Puke}

I never really got this. It was on several best of the decade lists, but I always found it a bit "meh!"
This song is just brilliant - turn the volume up
This song is the Bohiemn Raposdy of Dance music.  Simply fantastic and timeless

A Master piece 
Every time this tune comes up on my playlist, I think "How did Moby get into here??".  Definitely not my favorite from this album.
This was 1992, people!  This rest of the sheeple in our country were listening to Right Said Fred.
A classic of the early 90's.
Thank you, Bill, wherever you are!
 Bridieboo wrote:
Fantastic!!  I wish all the guys in Massive Attack were still recording.  Great video for this song.

They are see  https://massiveattack.com/
Wonderful! Probably my favourite song of the 90s. Love Massive Attack - also more Shara Nelson please Bill!

Still can see the woman walking down the street in the music video... {#Smile}

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Still amazing! Love those strings with the trip hop beat.{#Music}
 

me, pareil
 ZedLeppelin wrote:

It's Shara Nelson.

 
It's Yucky.  Too squeaky and missing subtle tones.

 Patricula wrote:
I actually checked to see if any of the browser windows I had up was playing a looping banner ad that was playing at the same time of this song. 
Holy cow was this song (checks my spelling...) cacophonous and discordant!
 
Well....it is unfinished. {#Wink}
This gets a pass since its Massive Attack, but I can't say I really care for it.
Fantastic!!  I wish all the guys in Massive Attack were still recording.  Great video for this song.

I actually checked to see if any of the browser windows I had up was playing a looping banner ad that was playing at the same time of this song. 
Holy cow was this song (checks my spelling...) cacophonous and discordant!

...widely considered to be progenitors of the genre known as trip hop
 bam23 wrote:
The drumming rather distracts, for me. Maybe rock does not always need a drum kit working away all the time. Just maybe.

 
In 1991 this drumtrack pattern has been absolutely hip. ;) Ok nowadays it sounds a bit "outmoded". But its still a massive track though.


 newwavegurly wrote:
Who is the female vocalist in this one? Does anyone know?
 
It's Shara Nelson.

Ugh. This is hideous!
Who is the female vocalist in this one? Does anyone know?
 mblake wrote:
The track Unfinished Symphony is from the album Blue Lines, not Protection.
 

Yep...this is the song that really got me into Massive Attack way back in the day. Have never grown tired of this one...
_always_ glad to hear the Massive
great set!
Still amazing! Love those strings with the trip hop beat.{#Music}
I usually like Massive Attack fairly well, but this is sorta lame. I agree with the comment that the drum machine is annoying.
The track Unfinished Symphony is from the album Blue Lines, not Protection.
The drumming rather distracts, for me. Maybe rock does not always need a drum kit working away all the time. Just maybe.