Mezzanine [20th Anniversary Edition]

Mezzanine [20th Anniversary Edition]

by Massive AttackMassive Attack

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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: 08/23/2019
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0602567427551
catalogNumber: 6742755
Rank: 23064

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
Michael Timothy   Keyboards
Neil Davidge   Keyboards,Sampling
Robert "3D" del Naja   Vocals
Dave Jenkins   Keyboards
Grantley Marshall   Vocals
Sara Jay   Vocals
Jon Harris   Bass Guitar
Bob Locke   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
John Holt   Composer
Mad Professor   Remixing
Lou Reed   Composer
Massive Attack   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
John McKay   Composer
Matt Schwartz   Composer
Steven Severin   Composer
Siouxsie Sioux   Composer
Neil Davidge   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer,Art Direction,Packaging
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Horace Hinds   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Sara Jay   Composer
Lee Shepherd   Engineer
Jan "Stan" Kybert   Pro-Tools
Kenny Morris   Composer

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