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Massive Attack Mezzanine 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Virgin V40 Metropolis 2014 EU

Artist: Massive Attack
Title: Mezzanine
Catalog Number: 0602537540433
Label: Virgin
Reissued by: Virgin
Barcode: 602537540433
Original release year: 1998
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 506gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: May 6, 2016
Collection: 40 Years of Virgin Music
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Formed out of the legendary The Wild Bunch Sound System the group combined elements of hip hop, funk, dub and rock into one stunning package. Mezzanine is the group's successful third full-length, a darker record than its predecessors, Massive Attack's crafty samples and ethereal keyboards are supported here by guest vocalists Sara Jay, Horace Andy, and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)

 

 

Bristol based trip hop pioneers Massive Attack are a hugely influential force in British music. Formed out of the legendary Wild Bunch Soundsystem the group combined elements of hip hop, funk, dub and rock into one stunning package. Massive Attack released the three stunning '90s albums Blue Lines (1991), Protection (1994) and Mezzanine (1998) while only producing the two albums 100th Window (2003) and Heligoland (2010) in the subsequent 15 years.

 

The Neil Davidge-produced Mezzanine is the group's third full-length and most commercially successful album to date reaching the #1 spot in the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. A darker record than its two predecessors, Massive Attack's crafty samples and ethereal keyboards are supported here wonderfully by an imaginative studio band and guest vocalists Sara Jay, Horace Andy, and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins).

 

From the opening trio of hits "Angel," "Risingson" and "Teardrop" to the mid-tempo numbers "Man Next Door" and "Black Milk," Massive Attack is in top form on Mezzanine and as uncompromising as ever.


"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)." ~ John Bush, All Music

 

 

Track Listing:

 

LP1
1. Angel
2. Risingson
3. Teardrop
4. Inertia Creeps
5. Exchange
6. Dissolved Girl

 

LP2
1. Man Next Door
2. Black Milk
3. Mezzanine
4. Group Four
5. (Exchange)

 

Click here to listen to samples on AllMusic.com

 

 


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