Massive Attack - Mezzanine

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Massive Attack - Mezzanine

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InfoDouble LP

Continuing with celebrating 40 years of disruption of the Virgin Records label, they're pressing a very limited number of the some of the labels land mark albums as single and double vinyl LPs.

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.

Side 1
1. Angel
2. Risingson
3. Teardrop
Side 2
1. Man Next Door
2. Black Milk
3. Mezzanine
Side 3
1. Inertia Creeps
2. Exchange
3. Dissolved Girl
Side 4
1. Group Four
2. (Exchange)