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Virgin / Circa

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

$60.00

Virgin / Circa

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

$60.00

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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

Mezzanine is the third studio album by English trip hop group Massive Attack, released in 1998 by Virgin Records.

Musically, Mezzanine is a major departure from the jazzy and laidback sound of the first two albums, Blue Lines and Protection, invoking the dark undercurrents which had always been present in the collective's music. The album's textured and deep tone relies heavily on abstract and ambient sounds, as demonstrated in the song "Angel" among others.

Similar to their previous albums, several songs use one or more samples, ranging from Isaac Hayes to The Cure.

Mezzanine topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, becoming the band's most commercially successful album to date. It saw the band expanding their trip hop sound to electronica stylings, with diverse influences from rock, hip hop and dub genres.

The album received significant critical acclaim, who praised the collective's new sound.

Years after the album was released, it was placed on several best-of lists in the UK and the United States. In 2000, Q magazine placed Mezzanine at number 15 on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 412 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2013, it was placed at 215 on NME's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. - Wiki

"Darker, slicker, and more monstrous than the group’s fizzy first steps, Mezzanine relied on heavy sampling to braid together disparate threads in music’s history. Its birth was a messy one; Robert Del Naja (AKA 3D) allegedly ripped up each track again and again before he arrived at the final mixes. You can hear it, too. While Protection and Blue Lines sounded neatly composed, Mezzanine felt grown. The album blossoms in enormous space, bigger and deeper than the tight channels electronic dance music tended to fill. This was computer music aimed not at clubs but at headphones, computer music concerned less with how to engineer the future than with how to hack the past." - Consequence of Sound

Read more about the album via Factmag's excellent article "Mezzanine: the inside story of Massive Attack’s greatest album, 15 years on":

“15 years down the line, Mezzanine‘s impact rumbles on: it’s an obvious precursor to The Weeknd’s dysphoric R&B, and we’ll bet a pack of croissants that Yeezus‘ savage industrial rap wouldn’t have sounded the same without it either. Davidge, for one, is “intensely proud” of the record: “In many ways, it felt like a debut album for the band, and it certainly felt like a debut album for me – it was the first time creatively I felt like I’d really hit the nail on the head of what i was trying to achieve.” It’s worth noting that, while Mezzanine didn’t signal a halt in their commercial fortunes – the 2006 Collected anthology sold like well-marketed hot cakes – it was their last album to rank as an out-and-out critical success. Davidge concurs: “I’ll probably never listen to it again, but that’s just because if I listen to it, I’ll probably think, “Oh God, how do you beat that?” Which is what we had hanging around our necks when we got  to 100th Window and Heligoland. When you do something that does capture everything that you wanna capture at that point, how do you better that?”"

 Notes:

  • Sampled: The Cure, Velvet Underground, Isaac Hayes and John Holt.
  • Recorded at Massive Attack and Christchurch studios, Bristol.
  • Mixed at Olympic Studios, London.
  • Cut at Metropolis.

 

Item description:        

Artist:

Massive Attack

Title:

Mezzanine

Label:

Virgin / Circa

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 180g

Pressing:

UK / Europe

Release Date:

2014

Genre:

Electronica

Style:

Trip Hop, Downtempo

Catalog No:

0602537540433

Condition:

New