The next AC night on Saturday 22nd June will feature Mezzanine is the third studio album by English electronic music duo Massive Attack, released on 20 April 1998 by Circa and Virgin Records.
Produced by Massive Attack and Neil Davidge, it saw the duo expanding their trip hop sound to electronica stylings, with diverse influences from new wave, rock, hip hop, and dub.
Mezzanine topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, becoming the group’s most commercially successful album to date. It spawned four singles: “Risingson“, “Teardrop“, “Angel“, and “Inertia Creeps“.
Mezzanine has been described as featuring trip hop and electronica, with a “dark claustrophobia” coupled with a melancholy. Musically, the album is a major departure from the jazzy and laid back sound of the first two albums, Blue Lines and Protection, invoking the dark undercurrents which had always been present in the collective’s music. The album’s textured and deep tone relies heavily on abstract and ambient sounds, as demonstrated in the song “Angel” among others.
Similar to their previous albums, several songs use one or more samples, ranging from Isaac Hayes to The Cure. In 1998, Manfred Mann sued Massive Attack for unauthorised use of a sample of the song “Tribute” used on “Black Milk”. The song has subsequently appeared as “Black Melt” on later releases and at live performances, with the sample removed. Later digital editions of Mezzanine have retained the original song, with Mann being added to the songwriting credits.
Mezzanine marked the parting of band member Vowles, due to creative conflicts. Reggae artist Horace Andy also performed several spots on the album.
Our second Bristol based act and another members choice. We hope to see lots of you there! Don’t forget, we’ll be raffling the album at the end of the night, your ticket is included in the entry fee! The album is supplied as usual by our friends at Badlands.
Badlands kindly supplies the albums for all events at cost price. Thanks guys!
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
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