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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.

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