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Song of the year: 1991 – Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy'

Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 12 October 2008

IT WAS CLEAR by the end of the 1980s that dance music was here to stay. Following the "rave" explosion of 1987, clubs all over the UK were pumping out various strains of house, hip-hop and techno to an audience that was quite prepared to dance until dawn and beyond. A lot less clear was how this passion for beat-driven tracks could be adapted for a more cerebral crowd and those who preferred to listen sitting down.

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