Release date
20 Apr 1998
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Angel 6:21 794,128
2 Risingson 5:00 534,058
3 Teardrop 5:32 1,162,321
4 Inertia Creeps 5:57 590,555
5 Exchange 4:11 438,518
6 Dissolved Girl 6:06 473,491
7 Man Next Door 5:56 406,735
8 Black Milk 6:21 452,481
9 Mezzanine 5:56 385,622
10 Group Four 8:12 340,686
11 (Exchange) 4:10 254,909

About this album

“Mezzanine”, released in , is the third studio album by British trip hop group Massive Attack, released on 20 April 1998. It was produced by Neil Davidge along with the group. The album was released on Virgin Records; singles from the album include; Risingson, Teardrop, Angel and Inertia Creeps.
“Mezzanine” features the talents of long-time Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy, along with guest vocalists such as Elizabeth Fraser. “Mezzanine” marked the parting of band member Andrew Vowles (aka Mushroom), due to creative conflicts. An artist notably absent is Tricky who had worked with them on their two previous albums.

Musically, Mezzanine is a major departure from the jazzy and laidback sound of the first two albums (Blue Lines and Protection), invoking the dark undercurrents which had always been present in the collective’s music. The album’s textured and deep tone relies heavily on abstract and ambient sounds, as demonstrated in the song “Mezzanine” among others. Overall, the album was highly acclaimed by many critics; rock guitars are featured on several tracks, allegedly against the wishes of founding member Andrew Vowles, who left the band shortly after the album’s release, citing creative differences.
Similar to their previous albums, the majority of the songs consists of one or more samples, ranging from Isaac Hayes to Led Zeppelin. In 1998 Manfred Mann sued Massive Attack for unauthorised use of a sample of the song “Tribute” from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s eponymous 1972 album, used in “Black Milk”. The song has subsequently appeared as “Black Melt” on later releases and at live performances, with the sample removed.

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  • kotyara33d

    best album in the world [3]

    8 Nov 10:39am Reply
  • weg0rz

    best album in the world [2]

    3 Oct 12:16pm Reply
  • AdamKadmon8


    14 Aug 3:31pm Reply
  • davecarter

    Group Four changing tack midway through is still just soooo fucking awesome

    7 Jun 8:04am Reply
  • jasminder82

    This album changed my life.

    19 May 4:56pm Reply
  • tommyhaych

    And... that's the first time I've heard this album. I'm nearly 30, British and with an eclectic taste for music. I've never bothered to listen to it. I should have my ears cut off for punishment.

    13 May 10:27am Reply
  • sweetnanda

    this album is so dark, i love it

    13 May 4:30am Reply
  • Exzart

    best album in the world

    29 Mar 12:05pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Meh, unpleasantly cold and boring. Quite a disappointment after all the hype.

    7 Feb 6:25am Reply
  • b52ohlol

    favourite album of all space and time, whenever i am listening to it i just find it stands like a colossal musical titan, almost makes other albums look, dare i say it... irreparably weak? eeeek, i said it.

    28 Jan 7:29pm Reply

    part of me says to stop listening to this so damn much and maybe try something new, the other part usually tells it to shut the fuck up.

    10 Jan 8:51pm Reply
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    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IamChaoz

    That album cover is the reason why I can't listen to this at night... *shivers* beetles...

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thaina_franca

    Why I haven't heard this record before? It's amazing!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    Inertia Creeps and Black Milk anytime.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LoadedGuns

    Silent Spring isnt in this

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sancezz

    Absolutely beautiful album.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CarloDeDonno

    This album is pure ANAL SEX.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CarloDeDonno

    It's a classic, and it's their best effort so far. Period.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    This album is pure SEX. [2]

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
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