Protection was featured in the top ten of
Rolling Stone magazine's 'Coolest Albums of All Time List', calling it "great music for when you're driving around a city at 4 am," due to the '
chill out' nature of the album. Like most of Massive Attack's albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from
R&B (title track and "Sly") to
hip hop/rap ("Karmacoma" and "Eurochild") to
synthpop ("Spying Glass") to classical-influenced
electronica instrumentals ("Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser"). The album follows
Blue Lines structurally, to the point that the font used on the cover of the album is the same,
Helvetica Heavy Italic.
Paul Evans of
Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half of five stars calling it "Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in sampled hip-hop beats."
It is the second and last Massive Attack album listed in the book
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Rolling Stone ranked it at number 51 in its list of the "100 Best Albums of the Nineties".
Tricky again appeared on the album, rapping on the tracks "
Karmacoma" (whose video was directed by
Jonathan Glazer, and which featured a sample from
The KLF's "
Dream Time in Lake Jackson" at the 2:00 minute mark) and "Eurochild" (which featured samples from
Startled Insects' "Cheetah" and
Liquid Liquid's "Lock Groove (In)").
remixed the album in 1995 under the name
As of 2010, sales in the United States have exceeded 292,000 copies, according to