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  • Audio CD (May 12 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006045
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 327 customer reviews
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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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By the release of 1998's Mezzanine, critics were suddenly of the understanding that Massive Attack were one of the most important bands in the world. 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. Tensions were heightened by the news that the making of Mezzanine was riven by inter-band rifts. The friction, though, seems to have create 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. Bleak, but powerfully beautiful. --Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
This is, flat out, (in my opinion) the best album ever released. Massive Attack is an utterly awesome group, and by far the best Trip-Hop band out there.
The album begins with some of the best songs ever created by any artist of any kind, starting with "Angel", sung by Massive Attack's honorary member, Horace Andy. With his wonderfully haunting voice and the song's slow beats and humming bass, the song becomes dark, desolate, and completely otherworldly.
The second song, "Risingson" is probably the best song Massive Attack has created. It's yet another dark song, filled with paranoia and doubt. I love it.
The third track, "Teardrop" is one of my personal favorites. The song is sung by guest vocalist, Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. It's Ethereal, dreamy, and utterly wonderful.
And, of course, there is "Inertia Creeps". A truly great song and one of Massive Attack's bests. Eerie, paranoid, and hypnotic: it's a great song to lose yourself in.
The rest of the album cannot quite keep up with its first four epic tracks, but none the less, it's other half beats out most albums without ever even trying. A truly wonderful album. I highly recommend it.
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This CD speaks for itself. I have listened to their other albums, and own 100th Window, but nothing compares to the musical genius of "Mezzanine". Whilst electronica, it is one of the very very few electronica, trip-hop bands where I am not constantly reminded of synthetic sounds. Richly varied in percussive qualities, with voice and other sounds blended so seamlessly, this album transports the listener onto into a quasi transcendental plane. Now that might sound corny, but there's no other way to put it.
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.
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I guess I just need to put in my two cents in this sea of reviews (most of them good, obviously) for this album. I fell in love with this album in the summer of 1998. I listened to it while reading the 4th book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. They meshed perfectly. The dark, haunting synths, downbeat droning guitar, and spine tingling vocals on this album are simply amazing. I had never heard anything quite like it before, or since. Massive's earlier works are not as dark and moody, and their later work is a little too innaccessible for most people (though I absolutely loved it!). Buy this album! Dont hesitate! Do it NOW!!! SPEND, YOU AVID CONSUMER YOU!!!!
Whew! 'Nuff said. Bye!
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Format: Audio CD
"Mezzanine" was among the top albums of 1998 among many critics, is that kind of album you just should like cause it's so diffrent from the crowd. For me however it doesn't give me anything new, half of the songs are 5 stars the rest are 0 stars so giving the album a 3 star overall seems fair to me. "Mezzanine" is not a bad album,Massive Attack gives the audience something diffrent, they invented the Trip-hop genre and surely knows how to make a spectacular recording with cool samples, haunting voices and mixing the genre's. But then again, both of their previous albums were miles better then this. It seems like Massive Attack couldn't decide wether they wanted to make soulish masterpieces with slow haunting female vocals like "Teardrop" or just plain dull, dark hip-hop influented songs with babbling male vocals like "Risingson". On other albums they have mostly made the first option, on this it's 50/50 and i could never get into the latter one. Apart from "Teardrop" i like "Angel" "Exchange" "Black Milk" and "Dissaloved girl" the depressing "Man Next Door" is pretty good too actually. The remaining 4 songs are just "skip" button for me. Not a bad album, but not to match with the previous too. Buy on own risk.
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Probably the best band under the trip-hop genre, Massive Attack outdo themselves with this terrific and hypnotic album. Certainly one of the best records of the late nineties and much likely the best trip-hop release ever, "Mezzanine" is an excellent dark album, truly captivating an intriguing end-of-the-milennium atmosphere.
Massive Attacks`s third effort is more rock-oriented than their previous ones, relying on the strenght of guitars. Still, the electronic elements play a big role as well, as the band again uses a lot of loops and samples to create and absorbing and at times claustrophobic mood. Each song is a complex and addictive moment and none of them lack distinction. This is a strong and compelling record without any filler. The opener "Angel", sung by frequent collaborator Horace Andy, starts in a smooth and subtle note to end with an amazing guitar explosion that makes for a perfect beginning to the album. Other highlights (even if it`s difficult to choose highlights here) include the gorgeous first single "Teardrop", the spooky and unsettling "Inertia Creeps", the superbly dark and nightmarish "Man Next Door" or the unusual and haunting "Group Four".
"Mezzanine" is by far Massive Attack`s best release, a multilayered and diverse record which carries an hypnotic nocturnal feel, presenting songs full of tension, mysteries and countless details. This album offers something new and unique with each listen, becoming vicious and a true must-own. It also has something for everyone, as it is difficult not to like at least one or two songs here (I think they`re all great, even the instrumental "Exchange").
One of the best records of the last decade.
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