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Editors’ Notes

Massive Attack had been away from the new-release racks for several years when Mezzanine, their third album, came out in 1998. But the tidal wave of lightweight trip-hop pretenders that had appeared in the gap hardly detracted from the set's power. On sonic terms alone, the music was often startling (for example, the layers and layers of sound on "Inertia Creeps") or unexpected (as on the instrumental "Exchange," which actually recalls Art of Noise's "Moments in Love" in its vision of ethereal, sensual electronica). Guest vocalist and former Cocteau Twin Elisabeth Fraser brings an element of light to what's often thought of as the group's darkest album, recalling English folk music with her vocal on "Teardrop." Likewise, reggae favorite Horace Andy returns; his "Man Next Door" brings to mind the qualities of a '70s Jamaican semi-classic. But Mezzanine is ultimately timeless.

Customer Reviews

Still one of the best

Still one of the best electronic albums of all time. Never gets old.


Unbelievable production. Only recently discovered this album and I was amazed to find that its almost 17 years old. “Angel” doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves. One of the best openings to an album I’ve ever heard.

Carlos Pasillas prison break

This is a good song it was also on prison break


Formed: 1987 in Bristol, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The pioneering force behind the rise of trip-hop, Massive Attack were among the most innovative and influential groups of their generation; their hypnotic sound — a darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples — set the pace for much of the dance music to emerge throughout the 1990s, paving the way for such acclaimed artists as Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Beth Orton, and Tricky, himself a Massive Attack alumnus. Their history...
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