Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Dark Night Of Trip Hop: 15 Years To Massive Attack's "Mezzanine"

After releasing Protection, it seems that Massive Attack have gained their place in the Trip-Hop hall of fame. That album was brilliantly produced and the collaboration with Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl and Tricky was excellent. Then, the expectations raised and when Mezzanine, their third studio album on 20th of April, 1998, some of the fans couldn't believe that's it's the same group. Instead of the Jazzy and Reggae sound of the earlier record, Mezzanine was kind of Ambient, Dark wave album. One of the most surprising things in that album was the collaboration with Ex-Cocteau Twins singer, Elizabeth Fraser, who sang three songs. Sadly, that was the last release with two of the founding members Andrew Vowels and Grant Marshall, who left the band soon after the release of Mezzanine, leaving last member, Robert Del Naja, as the only one left from the core founding Trio. The album is considered as the most successful and innovative album by Massive Attack since it contains a sample in each song ranging from Isaac Hayes to Led Zeppelin. It was also one of the first albums released as a MP3 file, forecasting the future change in the music industry. So here are five songs that might help you memorise why I consider it one of the greatest albums ever

Album Rating: 10/10

Angel
Black Milk
The Man Next Door
Teardrop
Risingson