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Massive Attack|Mezzanine (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Deluxe)

Mezzanine (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Deluxe)

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Increasingly ignored amidst the exploding trip-hop scene, 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. Obviously, the rest of the album can't compete, but there's certainly no sign of the side-two slump heard on Protection, as both Andy and Fraser return for excellent, mid-tempo tracks ("Man Next Door" and "Black Milk," respectively).
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Angel (Remastered 2019)
00:06:22

Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Massive Attack, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Andy, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Del Naja, ComposerLyricist - Horace Hinds , ComposerLyricist - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

2
Risingson (Remastered 2019)
00:04:58

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

3
Teardrop (Remastered 2019)
00:05:30

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Fraser, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Twig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

4
Inertia Creeps (Remastered 2019)
00:05:56

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

5
Exchange (Remastered 2019)
00:04:12

Mort Garson, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Hilliard, Composer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

6
Dissolved Girl (Remastered 2019)
00:06:05

Grantley Marshall, Keyboards, Samples, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Del Naja, Keyboards, Samples, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Jay Hawley, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah J. Hawley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

7
Man Next Door (Remastered 2019)
00:05:56

Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Holt, Composer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Barrett, Composer - Tyrone Evans, Composer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

8
Black Milk (Remastered 2019)
00:06:21

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Mann, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Liz Fraser, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

9
Mezzanine (Remastered 2019)
00:05:56

Grantley Marshall, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

10
Group Four (Remastered 2019)
00:08:12

Grantley Marshall, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Fraser, Composer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

11
(Exchange) (Remastered 2019)
00:04:09

Mort Garson, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Hilliard, Composer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Andy, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Hinds , Composer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Metal Banshee (Mad Prof Mix)
00:05:48

Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Severin, ComposerLyricist - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - John McKay, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Morris, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

2
Angel (Angel Dust)
00:06:03

Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Del Naja, ComposerLyricist - Horace Hinds , ComposerLyricist - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

3
Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub One)
00:06:04

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Fraser, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, ComposerLyricist - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Twig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

4
Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
00:06:05

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

5
Risingson (Setting Sun Dub Two)
00:04:53

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

6
Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
00:05:43

Mort Garson, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Hilliard, Composer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Hinds , Composer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

7
Wire (Leaping Dub)
00:05:20

Grantley Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Vowles, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah J. Hawley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

8
Group Four (Security Forces Dub)
00:08:13

Grantley Marshall, Composer - Andrew Vowles, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Gangadeen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mad Professor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Fraser, Composer - Lee Shepherd, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Kybert, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P-Dub, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Bruschini, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grantley Evan Marshall, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Virgin Records Limited

Album review

Increasingly ignored amidst the exploding trip-hop scene, 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. Obviously, the rest of the album can't compete, but there's certainly no sign of the side-two slump heard on Protection, as both Andy and Fraser return for excellent, mid-tempo tracks ("Man Next Door" and "Black Milk," respectively).
© John Bush /TiVo

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