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Old 10-14-2021, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Massive Attack - Mezzanine (1998)

Sometimes when I hear an album, I say to myself, well, ****, I guess I have to follow everything this artist has ever done and ever will do. From the moment I first heard Mezzanine, this was one of those.

There was a lot of internal band tension during its making apparently. You can hear why, it’s such a clear shift away from the urban souly vibe of the previous albums towards a dark, atmospheric sound. If you put all of trip-hop bar this album on one side, and Mezzanine on the other, saving only one side wouldn’t be the easy choice it should be.

While it has the sonic connective thread of dark basslines across every song, each song changes genre, intensity, tempo and tone of vocals. It really benefits from having three main very different sounding vocals, from Horace Andy’s soulful but haunting cries on Angel, Man Next Door and (Exchange) to Elisabeth Frazer’s weird way of singing where you don’t know where one word ends and the next begins on Black Milk, Group Four and Teardrop to finally Massive Attack’s own style of whisper rapping lyrics. If those 3 vocalists weren’t enough, Sarah Jay also contributes another style of sensual vocals to Dissolved Girl.

Not too much else to say on this, just a perfect album where every song is the best version of what it’s trying to be. Atmospheric, dark, intense, sensual and always interesting. If someone had to pick 100 albums from history that showcases the range of humanity's auditory creativity, this objectively would have to be chosen.

Fav Tracks: Inertia Creeps, Dissolved Girl, Teardrop, Angel
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