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Mezzanine [2 LP]
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After a long hiatus, Massive Attack returned in 1998 with Mezzanine, a record announcing not only that the group was back, but that they can create a masterpiece as good as their debut. Here Massive Attack recruit a live band, while maintaining their trademark downtempo sound. Tracks like Angel, feature stark production accompanied by Horace Andy's beautiful vocal. Teardrop featuring Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, brings a new life and emotion to their trip hop sound. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.17 x 12.32 x 0.24 inches; 1.12 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Virgin
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : October 22, 2013
- Label : Virgin
- ASIN : B00FMF3R76
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,172 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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For months I couldn't get through a day without playing this album at least once or twice. Now, i come back to it, and it sounds new again. Beautifully rich and dark. The voices never seem to interfere with the mood, rather they become fused with it perfectly--the percussion and varied sounds, never the "thump-thump" of dancey trancy crap.
I cannot wait for Massive Attack's next album release. I hope they return to this level again: because it was lost a bit in 100th Window. Sinead O'Connors political content loaded lyrics on the Irish-English conflict totally overshadowed the musical gift of Massive Attack. The MOOD is enough to convey that and more to listeners without creating narrow, literal channels of interpretation and storytelling. The track Antistar on 100th was the strength being revealed, but still couldn't shine with the magic of Mezzanine. Storytelling/literal political agendas are not what Massive Attack's strength is: Stick with your strength: It's Mezzanine. It's ALL there. the MUSIC.
This is by far one of the best albums in history, in my honest opinion. No one else has come so close, so completely, on an entire album.
It's cool and mellow with the expected sensual ballads that Massive Attack produces with the greatest of ease, but there's a blend of new voices, including Elizabeth Fraser from the techno-pop group Cocteau Twins.
There are notable selections on this CD that will stick with you the first time you listen to them. First and foremost, the sultry tune titled "Teardrop", Elizabeth Fraser leading the way with her whispery, nymph-like vocals. Then there's the laid-back instrumental "Exchange", a electronic martini for the soul with a cut from an old Isaac Hayes tune. You lay back and literally "chill" when you listen to this tune. The brief reprisal at the end features Robert Del Naja's nasal chords and jagged vibrato, the perfect compliment to the heavy bass and whirling synthesizers. This is a highly recommended album, even for skeptical MA fans. And for those that have listened already, give it another shot. It will grow on you.
Ok so if you're not familiar with MA's music you are seriously missing out, so I highly recommend that you expose yourself to them already; I guarantee you will not be dissapointed. I suggest you start out with their Collected Album as the compilation will give you an overall sense of their sound; if not that album you can't go wrong with Mezzanine, it's their best!
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This 2017 version definitely sounds slightly different to the original, having slightly deeper, but perhaps looser dub bass and perhaps a little less slam to drums.
It plays quietly and smoothly with little surface noise, so sounds a little more refined than the original.
It's a keeper!