Massive Attack

Mezzanine

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Bristol's original trip-hop pioneers had, on previous albums Blue Lines and Protection, fused turntable wizardry to the warmest of soul.With Mezzanine, however, the party had ended; revisiting the murky...

Bristol's original trip-hop pioneers had, on previous albums Blue Lines and Protection, fused turntable wizardry to the warmest of soul.

With Mezzanine, however, the party had ended; revisiting the murky soundscapes so favoured by former partner and fellow Bristolian Tricky, the comeback single "Rising Son" muttering edgily about "cheap beer filled with crocodile tears", over the deepest bass.

The inter band friction created some gems; "Inertia Creeps" is drenched in menace, and "Teardrop" features the ethereal vocals of Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins - both of these a benchmark not just for the band, but for the trip-hop genre.

Massive Attack's album "Mezzanine," released in 1998, is an iconic and groundbreaking masterpiece in the realm of electronic and trip-hop music. This album marked a significant evolution in the sound of Massive Attack, pushing the boundaries of the genre and solidifying their status as pioneers of the trip-hop movement. "Mezzanine" is a sonic journey that expertly blends dark, moody atmospheres with hypnotic rhythms and haunting vocals, creating an eerie yet captivating listening experience.

One of the standout tracks on the album is "Teardrop," featuring the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. This song, with its pulsating beats and Fraser's hauntingly beautiful voice, has become an iconic representation of trip-hop and remains a staple in the genre's history. "Mezzanine" as a whole is characterised by its brooding and introspective themes, exploring topics such as love, paranoia, and existentialism. The album's innovative use of samples, electronic textures, and meticulous production techniques set a high watermark for future electronic music artists and firmly established "Mezzanine" as a timeless classic in the world of electronic and alternative music.

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)"

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