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Mezzanine [VINYL]

Massive Attack Vinyl
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Massive Attack are a collective from Bristol, England consisting of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and work with co-producers, as well as various musicians and guest vocalists. The duo are considered to be progenitors of the trip hop genre. Their début album,Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single "Unfinished Sympathy" reaching ... Read more in Amazon's Massive Attack Store

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  • Vinyl (6 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Wild Bunch
  • ASIN: B000006044
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Darkly Modern Masterpiece 10 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Massive Attack have famously evolved their style throughout their career, from the lush soul/hip-hop notes of Blue Lines to the dubbed-out smoked-out lope of Protection (getting further dubbier on the Mad Professor remix album). This time however, they have really turned things about.
I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I'd heard that they'd gone all "rock" but my first listen to the album in its entirety after hearing the chilling tones of the first single "Rising Son" took all of my (mis)preconceptions, chewed them up and spat them a very long way away. The darker, deeper vibes, briefly visited on Protection's Eurochild are prevelant throughout, with 3D and Daddy G working somber menacing tones, presumably exorcising demons of some kind (the majority of the lyrics being typically cryptic).
Horace Andy, always welcome, is on his usual fine form, his spine-tingling falsetto providing a sublime, haunting edge to "Angel" and "Man Next Door", with new girl Sara Jay showing her rather fine vocal skills on the out and out rocker "Dissolved Girl". Grant (Daddy G) makes a more noticeable appearance than previously, his deep, gruff voice suiting the new vibe perfectly, and it is only after a couple of listens that you notice the absence of Tricky (presumably a result of him having gone "a bit wierd"), though this is no bad thing here.
It is the appearance of Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins) that truly wins this album though, particularly on the astonishingly beautiful "Teardrop", a true tear inducing masterpiece (despite the lyrics being more or less incoherent!), with its lush strings and heart-beat imitating drum loops.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, dark, dark 2 Jan 2003
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was an album to which superlatives apply then this is it. Less soulful and playful then earlier outings this is nonetheless Massive Attack's finest album. From the low throb of opener angel to the last clatter of exchange this is an album to love. Dark, bruising and fractured certainly yet still swelling with a subsumed emotion that is worth a million Will Youngs.
This is an album that can aptly be described as 'difficult' without actually being difficult to listen to. Massive Attack's strange and threatening audio world is so artfully arranged that it never strikes as discordant or awkward. If a first listen beguiles, and I assure you that it will, then repeated attempts will reveal new wonders and finally will render the darkness warm and cozy and the only sane response to life.
Played at a low volume the sounds that ooze from the speakers sit sulkily lurking at the corners of the room, ripe with menace. Played loud the heavy metal thunder of Angel or Dissolved Girl will work its corrosive magic in a way that the nu-metal fraternity can only dream of. The vocalist most associated with this album is Elizabeth Frazer and its easy to see why. The distinctive style of her vocals perfectly offsets the sullen and richly textured sounds in which they are set, like diamonds in black velvet. However personally I find Sarah Jay's only track, Dissolved Girl far more effecting. Her low voice is both sexy and, like Beth Gibbons of Portishead, conveys volumes of stark emotion just veering off desperation. Horace Andy's caramelised voice adds sweetness to every track that he sings on.
Despite the various different styles and plethora of vocalists, five in total, this album still manages more coherence then more straightforwardly structured bands seem capable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Densely textured emotive trip hop 26 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Get hold of this album. Wait until about 11 in the evening. Sit in your favourite armchair in a room lit sparsely. A couple of candles, perhaps. Turn up your hi fi so the sound fills the room, but doesn't deafen. Press play. Evaporate.
This album can be seen as a logical progression from Blue Lines and Protection as the textures get more complex and the sounds more original. It's certainly my favourite of the three. With some beautiful vocals on tracks like Teardrop, and some amazing energy on tracks such as as Angel this album offers a spectrum of atmospheres to experience. Some great laid back rapping and beats to make you kneel on the floor and thank god you've got a pulse. The addition of crunching guitar in the backgorund alongside organic synths works brilliantly.
This is music you can have as background whilst doing other things, but that's missing the point. Mezzanine is music to breathe to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 23 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had heard of Massive Attack before I bought this album, but had never actually heard their music; and was it worth it? Definitely! The opening track 'Angel' is great and really sets the mood for the rest of the album. Some other favourites of mine include 'Teardrop' which is so relaxing and stunning at the same time; and 'Dissolved Girl' which is also sung by the female singer. I really recommend this album to anybody who likes Royksopp, Moby and other electronic/chill artists. In fact, I think you should desperately consider adding this to your music collection as it simply is beautiful in every single way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 3 days ago by Robert Krajca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super :)
Published 18 days ago by Maciek
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
This is simply the best cd ever - this is the third time I have had to buy it as I wear it out!
Published 5 months ago by Victoria Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars YAY
Always love Massive attack as I only brought 1 album, now I brought this album for cheap brand new from here, for my misus because she loves teardrop.
Published 6 months ago by Tel
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vinyl, poor shipping box
The vinyl on this is dead quiet, it did have a lot of factory dust from the paper inner sleeves but a quick clean on the VPI fixed that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mezzanine on vinyl is well done
This is only for the vinyl which I bought from AmazonUK.The vinyl is quiet and dynamic with great clarity-what more do you need to know?
Published 8 months ago by Vinyl fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice old school
Missed MA 1st time around .... Like the strong base line with out bouncing shit off the shelfs .Good balance throughout the cd . Would recommend
Published 10 months ago by stuart de la roch
5.0 out of 5 stars best album - worth every penny
I'd recommend it to everyone. The versions on youtube are not worth listening to.
If you want good quality music this is it...
Published 10 months ago by Dumitru Furnea
4.0 out of 5 stars A little overrated, but still excellent
Great songwriting and vocals. I particularity like the dark theme running through many of the tracks, namely Dissolved Girl, Black Milk & Man Next Door. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Will
2.0 out of 5 stars CD scratched
The cd I received was scratched/marked. Track 2 doesn't play properly but I can't be bothered to go to the trouble of requesting a replacement when it cost only 6.
Published 15 months ago by Stu
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