Massive Attack
Mezzanine


4.5
superb

Review

by OrbDragon USER (34 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Massive Attack - Mezzanine

This is one of my favorite records of all time...while "Blue Lines" changed music as we speak, Mezzanine was Massive Attack at it's peak...and the Bristol sound at it's best.

01 Angel - This is one of the best opening tracks ever in my opinion. It's starts with a slow thumping bass intro and gradually builds up with the medium-slow deformed drum beat that doesn't feel like an artificial beat. The reggea singer Horace Andy doesn't sound like a reggea singer here at all...his voice is perfectly in disguise. I love it when the song whips into the guitar melody. 4.5/5

02 Risingson - This is one of the coolest tracks ever. The intro starts with the sounds of whales, immediately attacked by a bassline and some crazy slithering sound effects, then you hear some haunting overdubbed voice builds up until the beat starts. Amazing! A really cool sound effect kicks off 3D's dark vocals. Midway through his verse the overdubbed voices build up again, which is ****ing awesome. After the verse the voices say "Dream On". I love the part when the beat stops for a moment and that deformed guitar riff comes in. This track flows really well, and it's a great listen overall. 5/5

03 Teardrop - This is probably the most well known song on this record. It's a very relaxing fuzzy song built around a simplistic piano riff and layered keys. Eliza Frasers input here is amazing since her unique vocal style fits this track like a glove. A classic. 4.5/5

04 Inertia Creeps - This another great listen, the intro starts very tranquil and lullabyish...but is attacked by a menacing sample that changes the mood. The song is very dark and 3D's vocals work really well. The man has flow and can write some good lyrics too. The guitars are there, but they are more background complementary melody. 4.5/5

05 Exchange - This is a pretty repetitive little instrumental, very layback and tranquil...it's kind of an intermission more than a track. 2/5

06 Dissolved Girl - This song has another bass intro and the vocals are again dropped by Eliza Fraser. This song is much heavier and darker than "Teardrop" though. It has a similair vibe as "Angel". 3.5/5

07 Man Next Door - The vocals by Horace Andy take awhile to get used to here, but this is definately a nice listen. The beat is very heavy and there are some cool electronic samples and keyboard touched. 4/5

08 Black Milk - This song is driven by a hip-hopish beat and nice little piano touches. The female vocalist is really good. Another very relaxing track. 4/5

09 Mezzanine - Be careful with your speakers, because the bass is simply gut wrenching here. Another very dark track...lots of crazy samples. It sounds great on headphones. 4.5/5

10 Group Four - Another really good one, the female vocalist is really hypnotizing and eerie. It has strange ethnic percussion...it's very loungy. Then when the beat stops you have this crazy marching percussion building up. When the beat starts again a guitar riff comes in and when the female vocalist comes in again, the riff changes. This part is really sucks you in. Very subtlely the beat speeds up then after a few bars it slows down again, and when the song stops it's like "what the ****..where was I?" 5/5

11 (Exchange) - The second Exchange is basically the same as the first...but this time Horace Andy sings on it. That's basically it. 2.5/5

This is a great cd, great for a spin when you are having a party or just on headphones, or on your way to school. This is music you shouldn't really analyze...just absorb it for what it is. That's the only way you will appreciate what Massive Attack are trying to do.



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moderaterock222
January 9th 2004


121 Comments


i love this record. its my dads type of thing really but whenever im just doing something around the house or whatever ill put it on and its great. i completely agree with your review,,good stuff

Greendaynofx
January 23rd 2004


4 Comments


Sorry for the bump, but I want to add something.

That CD is the soundtrack for Quake 2.

Edit: Minus the vocals that is.

Greendaynofx
January 23rd 2004


4 Comments


Wait....I downloaded some Massive Attack and it sounds nothing like the stuff on the Quake 2 CD......I'm so ****ing lost.........:confused:..........

The stuff on Quake 2 is heavy.........I'll try to get host some somewhere.....

Edit: Ok, I got it on soundclick. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/9/marcsweirdstuffmusic.htm

Tell me if that is what the original "Teardrop" sounds like.

Theo
June 15th 2004


84 Comments


Great CD. The only track I dislike is Angel. Too repetitive.
Black Milk, Teardrop (amazing), Group Four and Dissolved Girl are my favorites.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 16th 2004


2125 Comments


[QUOTE=Big_Cheese]Wait....I downloaded some Massive Attack and it sounds nothing like the stuff on the Quake 2 CD......I'm so ****ing lost.........:confused:..........

The stuff on Quake 2 is heavy.........I'll try to get host some somewhere.....

Edit: Ok, I got it on soundclick. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/9/marcsweirdstuffmusic.htm

Tell me if that is what the original "Teardrop" sounds like.[/QUOTE]

Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) did that soundtrack, if I'm not mistaken.

Tomahawk
September 10th 2004


124 Comments


I'm really digging Massive Attack right now, so I'm gonna bump this.

This is a great album. I think it's their best, and I agree that it's much better than Blue Lines. It's really dark, great music to just lose yourself in.

Tapeworm
September 10th 2004


118 Comments


It's also my favourite MA album by a stretch. I love this album so incredibly much.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 10th 2004


826 Comments


I thought I'd already posted in here. Anyway, great album; the first three tracks in particular are all brilliant, which is a great opening to the album.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 10th 2004


2125 Comments


I love this album very much. This is my favourite album from MA and my favourite trip-hop record so far. My favourites are Risingson and Teardrop.

Iai
Emeritus
September 10th 2004


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It is an utterly amazing piece of work. br3ad, if you enjoy this, you'll probably enjoy Tricky's solo stuff. It's very dark intone and mood, much like this album. Tricky also does the vocals on quite a few Massive Attack tracks, notably Inertia Creeps, but his solo stuff uses a lot of other guest vocalists.

Dried Muffin Remnants
April 13th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of my favorite albums... And it is the album that got me into this relatively obscure genre: trip-hop. My favorite tracks on it are Inertia Creeps and Risingson. However, if I want to hear a beautiful song, I'll just listen to Teardrop which is a classic.

analrightstart
July 18th 2005


96 Comments


nice review, this is a great album. dissolved girl, man next door, mezzanine, inertia creeps and of course teardrop. one of the best trip hop albums out there. so good to chill out to

bassman9985
September 2nd 2005


13 Comments


Dark, cool, and smooth.. this album reminds me of obsidian. Like the monolith in Space Odyssey or something.

Everything on Mezzanine is pretty sexy, but I find Angel and Inertia Creeps to be essential lovemaking songs.

bassman9985
September 2nd 2005


13 Comments


Anyone with a remote curiosity in electronic music should have this record.

Senor_Whippy
September 21st 2005


367 Comments


Fucking Classic album (Shame about 100 Windows)

Med57
Moderator
September 21st 2005


1001 Comments


Woah, what's up with me not commenting here? Great album, and one of the defining albums of the entire genre. I'm in a minority in that I can never work out which I prefer out of this and Blue Lines, but both are just...so good.

Dried Muffin Remnants
September 22nd 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I already commented here but this is easily a 5. This is up there with Aenima and OK Computer as my favorite album.

Killtacular
October 14th 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brilliance.

Jawaharal
October 14th 2005


1832 Comments


this album is like the godiva of electronica

zyxon
October 30th 2005


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, and I'm into metal. Most of the album is pretty solid, but the very dark tracks 'Black Milk' and 'Dissolved Girl' stand out for me.



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