Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #7 / 94
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Based on 643 ratings
1998 Ratings: #6
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April 20, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Trip Hop / Genres
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Truly a trip-hop, electronic spectacle to admire! Mezzanine is a wild adventure that’s futuristic in sound and stunning in overall execution. It’s a very dense record with dark electronic, post-industrial and drone influences that fluently tie into an atmospheric, haunting, but musically inspiring and beautiful album experience.

There’s also a strange, eclectic and ominous feel to this record. It’s mysterious, hypnotic and sombre, yet ... read more

Pardon my inner-stan, but I get Gorillaz VIBES anytime I hear cuts like; "Black Milk", "Exchange", or especially the title track.

Maybe trip-hop is just too good for this life.
Ummmm are yall sure this came out in 98? Not like....tomorrow?

Edit: sounds like background music for shooting heroin
This album comes eerily close to giving me an out of body experience

There aren't a lot of albums that can put me into a deep trance and keep me there for a long time, but this album does that amazingly well. The tracks really take their time to develop, and that mostly results in stunning instrumentals, like that ecstatic distorted riffs on Dissolved Girl and Group Four for example.

There's a heavy and relentless bass that rolls over every song, and it only helps to keep you down in that ... read more
Number: 49

I really liked it when their was vocals, without vocals a lot of it just felt…empty. Like Portishead but not as good. That’s not to say there isn’t some good tracks with a lot of character like the calming “Teardrop” and the chilling “Black Milk.” But over all I wasn’t ever impressed. It felt like it was atmospheric without ever choosing to develop an atmosphere.
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Track List

  1. Angel
  2. Risingson
  3. Teardrop
  4. Inertia Creeps
  5. Exchange
  6. Dissolved Girl 
  7. Man Next Door
  8. Black Milk
  9. Mezzanine
  10. Group Four
  11. (Exchange)
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