Mezzanine

Mezzanine

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by Massive Attack
     
 

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On their third recording, Mezzanine, Massive Attack manage to jack it up without getting much louder. Retaining the deep, dubby bass lines that underpin most of 1991's Blue Lines and 1995's Protection, the Bristol, England, collective adds snarling guitar drones, Middle Eastern vocal accents,

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On their third recording, Mezzanine, Massive Attack manage to jack it up without getting much louder. Retaining the deep, dubby bass lines that underpin most of 1991's Blue Lines and 1995's Protection, the Bristol, England, collective adds snarling guitar drones, Middle Eastern vocal accents, and electric keyboards to their sonic landscape. The result is alluring and deliberately unobtrusive, though slightly oblique, as Elizabeth Fraser (of the Cocteau Twins) and regulars Horace Andy and Sarah Jay croon gentle tales atop this sonic concoction. "Teardrop" and "Risingson" -- which features a sample of the Velvet's "I Found a Reason" -- are among the highlights, and though they don't quite match the cool fire of Blue Lines's best track, "Unfinished Sympathy," this album is more consistent than its predecessors, and innovative throughout.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Increasingly ignored amidst the exploding trip-hop scene, Massive Attack finally returned in 1998 with Mezzanine, a record immediately announcing not only that the group was back, but that they'd recorded a set of songs just as singular and revelatory as on their debut, almost a decade back. It all begins with a stunning one-two-three-four punch: "Angel," "Risingson," "Teardrop," and "Inertia Creeps." Augmenting their samples and keyboards with a studio band, Massive Attack open with "Angel," a stark production featuring pointed beats and a distorted bassline that frames the vocal (by group regular Horace Andy) and a two-minute flame-out with raging guitars. "Risingson" is a dense, dark feature for Massive Attack themselves (on production as well as vocals), with a kitchen sink's worth of dubby effects and reverb. "Teardrop" introduces another genius collaboration -- with Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins -- from a production unit with a knack for recruiting gifted performers. The blend of earthy with ethereal shouldn't work at all, but Massive Attack pull it off in fine fashion. "Inertia Creeps" could well be the highlight, another feature for just the core threesome. With eerie atmospherics, fuzz-tone guitars, and a wealth of effects, the song could well be the best production from the best team of producers the electronic world had ever seen. Obviously, the rest of the album can't compete, but there's certainly no sign of the side-two slump heard on Protection, as both Andy and Fraser return for excellent, mid-tempo tracks ("Man Next Door" and "Black Milk," respectively).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1998
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384559922
catalogNumber:
45599
Rank:
12748

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Massive Attack   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Sampling
Horace Andy   Vocals
Winston Blissett   Bass Guitar
Angelo Bruschini   Guitar
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals
Andy Gangadeen   Drums
John Harris   Bass Guitar
Michael Timothy   Keyboards
Robert Locke   Bass Guitar
Neil Davidge   Keyboards,Sampling
Robert "3D" del Naja   Vocals
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall   Vocals
Dave Jenkins   Keyboards
Grant Marshall   Vocals
Sara Jay   Vocals
John Mark Harris   Bass Guitar
Bob Locke   Bass Guitar
Tim Young   scratching

Technical Credits

John Holt   Composer
Massive Attack   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Neil Davidge   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer,Art Direction
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Mushroom   Composer
Horace Hinds   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Sara Jay   Composer
Lee Shepherd   Engineer
Tom Hingston   Art Direction
Tim Young   Cut

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Mezzanine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Fantasctic! Anyone who truly appreciates music will quikly fall right in love with this album.
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This is one of the best albums I've ever heard.
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i love this whole album. ijust came across it casue they have the theme song for the show "house". they have the teardrop song on there it kicks!