Massive Attack @ The Warfield
The first thing you notice on “Pray for Rain,” the opening track on Massive Attack's fifth full-length, Heligoland, is that it takes several minutes to build up. The U.K. trip-hop pioneers reintroduce themselves with a single note and anchoring sub-bass. This absence of auxiliary tones speaks volumes about a group whose last album, 2003's 100th Window, was a study in obsessive studio processing. Now, touring on this first record in seven years, Massive Attack has taken a more back-to-basics approach, while still offering studies in contrasts.
Massive Attack performs at the Warfield tonight and Wednesday with Martina Topley-Bird. (8 p.m., $47.50)
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