Mezzanine

Label
Circa
Release date
20 Apr 1998
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
63:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Angel 6:21 804,257
2 Risingson 5:00 539,780
3 Teardrop 5:32 1,178,779
4 Inertia Creeps 5:57 597,212
5 Exchange 4:11 443,285
6 Dissolved Girl 6:06 479,328
7 Man Next Door 5:56 412,112
8 Black Milk 6:21 460,203
9 Mezzanine 5:56 389,965
10 Group Four 8:12 344,531
11 (Exchange) 4:10 258,257

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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  • Krupek13

    Ultimate soundtrack for passionate lovemaking. BTW can you recommend any other albums with similar feel and vibe?

    28 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • Soroll88

    Best. Album. Ever.

    31 Jan 12:47am Reply
  • phosgene

    This album changed my life back in 2000. It's one of those records that helped me define myself.

    16 Jan 11:04pm Reply
  • SimonWoerner

    perfection.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kotyara33d

    best album in the world [3]

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • weg0rz

    best album in the world [2]

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AdamKadmon8

    masterpiece

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • davecarter

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

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jasminder82

    This album changed my life.

    19 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • sweetnanda

    this album is so dark, i love it

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Exzart

    best album in the world

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

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

    7 Feb 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    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 2014 Reply
  • DenizYlmz

    Goddamn.

    29 Dec 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
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