Mezzanine

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1998
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384559922
  • Catalog Number: 45599
  • Sales rank: 3,102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel (6:19)
  2. 2 Risingson (4:58)
  3. 3 Teardrop (5:30)
  4. 4 Inertia Creeps (5:57)
  5. 5 Exchange (4:11)
  6. 6 Dissolved Girl (6:06)
  7. 7 Man Next Door (5:56)
  8. 8 Black Milk (6:21)
  9. 9 Mezzanine (5:56)
  10. 10 Group Four (8:12)
  11. 11 (Exchange) (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Massive Attack Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Jan "Stan" Kybert Digital Editing
Tim Young Cut
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mesmerizing

    This is one of the best albums I've ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it kicks!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I would totally recommend this!

    Fantasctic! Anyone who truly appreciates music will quikly fall right in love with this album.

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