On the surface, Massive Attack's inaugural soundtrack effort, which was written for a Jet Li thriller scheduled to be released next April, sounds rather atypical. Orchestral strings swell and heave only to be undercut by tense excursions into electronic rock. There is even a motif, a melancholy suite that floats through "Everybody's Got a Family," "Everything About You Is New," and the title track. This being Massive Attack, however, Danny the Dog operates at a higher level than most film music. The album's 21 instrumental/incidental pieces are created by a full band led by Robert del Naja. This makes for a more supple and resonant listening experience than the hip-hop/rap-rock that decorates most modern action flicks.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.