Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #7 / 100
User Score
Based on 871 ratings
1998 Ratings: #7
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April 20, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Neil Davidge, Massive Attack / Producer
Trip Hop / Genres
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[SJO Counter: 49]


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
After less than half a decade of life, the main catalysts to the term trip-hop were already trying to shake the confines of the genre off. Portishead had shifted their sound into something far more menacing on their sophomore album and Tricky had ventured out into something even more abrasive than his debut Maxinquaye. That left the pioneers themselves, Massive Attack, to be the ones to put the final nail in the coffin of trip-hop by changing their sound drastically and embracing new territory. ... 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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