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Artist: Massive Attack (Performed By)

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Label: Virgin
Album: Mezzanine
# Song Title   Time
1)    Angel
2)    Risingson
3)    Teardrop
4)    Inertia Creeps
5)    Exchange
6)    Dissolved Girl
7)    Man Next Door
8)    Black Milk
9)    Mezzanine
10)    Group Four
11)    (Exchange) - (remix)

Mezzanine is the third studio album by English trip-hop group Massive Attack, originally released in 1998 on Virgin Records. The band's most successful commercial outing,'Mezzanine' went on to sell over 4 million copies, and win the Q Award for 1998's Best Album. Produced by Neil Davidge,'Mezzanine' showed once again that despite a rapidly changing trip-hop scene, Massive Attack could not be ignored. Hits like,'Angel,"Risingson' and 'Teardrop'- which make up the powerhouse beginning to the album - have been heard across a variety of media, including movies, television shows and video games. Another of 'Mezzanine"s many claims to fame include that it was the first full album available for legal download on Massive Attack's website. Massive Attack consistently pushes the envelope with their revelatory songs - myriad mixing effects, fuzzy guitars, eerie vocals - and 'Mezzanine' is a shining example of the group's enduring creativity.
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Massive Attack - Mezzanine [CD]

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Massive Attack (keyboards, programming, sampler); Elizabeth Fraser , Sara Jay, Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, Grant Marshall, Horace Andy, Robert "3D" del Naja (vocals); Angelo Bruschini (guitar); Neil Davidge (keyboards, programming, sampler); Dave Jenkins, Michael Timothy (keyboards); Bob Locke, John Mark Harris, Robert Locke, Winston Blissett, John Harris (bass guitar); Andy Gangadeen (drums); Tim Young (scratches).
  • Audio Mixer: Mark "Spike" Stent.
  • Recording information: Christchurch Studio, Bristol, England; Massive Attack Studio.
  • Photographer: Nick Knight.
  • Arrangers: Massive Attack; Neil Davidge.

Professional Reviews
Spin (1/99, p.91) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98."

Entertainment Weekly (5/15/98, pp.102-103) - "MEZZANINE is Victorian trip-hop--hulking, clangorous, and dank....It's industrial music for the turn of the century--the 19th century." - Rating: A-

Q (12/99, p.100) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."

Q (6/00, p.80) - Ranked #15 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...Sonic murk and gloom...a punk-hop record about autism..."

The Wire (1/99, p.27) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year [1998]"

Mixmag (1/99, p.49) - Included in Mixmag's "Ten Best Albums of 98" - "...Britain's coolest band..."

CMJ (1/11/99, p.7) - "...The grandfathers of trip-hop pulled off yet another wise and wily album, redefining the future shape of pop, soul and trip-hop, while inspiring another wave of artists in the process..."

Musician (7/98, pp.84-86) - " once the best and most personal album of their career....MEZZANINE shows them creating exotic, bruised backdrops for battered relationships that feel as strangely alienating as a night out with Travis Bickle..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.66) - Ranked #14 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[I]t evokes DARK SIDE OF THE MOON's epic yet intimate dread, reflected in the obliquely monochrome title..."

Producer:Massive Attack; Neil Davidge
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:12 May, 1998
Guest Artist: Elizabeth Fraser; Horace Andy

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Sam Ryder on
Mezzanine is by far, the most important trip-hop album ever released (my opinion), there are some parts on this album which puts it in more of a heavy metal direction. The musicianship here is brilliant and most of the songs have a very dark feel to it (something which makes this cd stand out from Massive Attack's entire discography). I couldn't choose a favourite song from this album, as every single track is excellent, however the last song, allways gives me a cold shiver in my spine about 20 seconds in (no idea why), so it's my favourite. Highly recommended, but if this is your first taste of massive attack, i suggest you buy blue lines first.
Matthew Morgan on
Without doubt Massive Attack's best album, in parts 'Mezzanine' sounds more metal than trip-hop. The guitars in 'Angel', 'Dissolved Girl', and 'Group Four' lend the songs are very dark, moody feel, while more electronically-driven tracks like 'Man Next Door' and 'Black Milk' achieve the same through their us of sparse, minimalist beats. This is an album that would appeal to fans of industrial music as much as it would to fans of trip-hop. A marvellous achievement.
diver dan on
This album is exactly what pretty much most of the reviews have said about it - which is thats its fantastic. It is their most accesible album apart from protection and even though it is very moody and dark in places it still has moments of melancholic beauty and joy. theres not a bad track on here so i wont name the best as their all fantastic.
D S holmes on
Mezzanine is a great album by massive attack, could be one of my favourites from them infact. it has a heap of great songs like Inertia Creeps, dissolved girl, group four, black milk and, my personal favourite, teardrop. all massive attack fans need to own this album, it really great.
Caroline Shanks on
Mezzanine is the perfect album from UK moodsters Massive Attack.
This album always gets a good thrashing on the CD player at my place and for good reason it is beautiful to listen to. I love playing this CD as I drift off to sleep. Protection and Blue Lines were also great MA albums.
I never tire of hearing TearDrop or Inertia Creeps.
Never really heard of Massive Attack? They are a UK outfit that offer a laidback sound, moody and dark hightlighted by great vocals.
Best CD that I never had to pay for :)
Brion Matthews on
Mezzanine is a phenomenally moody album with some absolute fantastic songs. Opener “Angel” starts with a fuzzy bass line, and merges into symbols, and picks up tempo into some wildly distorted guitar. “Teardrop” is a classic that everybody knows, and deservedly so. “Dissolved Girl” has the catchiest little guitar riff. The whole album in good, but the first half is excellent. This is a cd that should be in your collection.

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