Riss’s Ramblings – Mezzanine

Pick #16: Massive Attack: Mezzanine

Preconceived Notions:  I’ve been meaning to listen to them for a while.  A while ago, Teardrop was played on the radio and I was like “I know this song” and then I did some digging and weirdly enough, either that week or the week after, without discussion, Lace put the video up on her blog, and I was like “ok, I should listen to these guys”.  So when Record Club came up, Blue Lines was the choice that I had down, but this works too.

After Listening:  I would definitely listen to this again, and look forward to Blue Lines.  I like that the word “atmospheric” is the best thing that I can come up with to describe the songs.  Kind of creepy, kind of intriguing and mysterious.  Like I said, I wish I had listened yesterday because I think rainy days are kind of the perfect set up for this album.  They’re certainly not songs that I’d put on to go workout to, but I couldn’t really fall asleep to them either.  It’s an odd combination, but I like it.

Favorite Track:  Teardrop (because it was the most recognizable) and for some reason “Dissolve” worked for me too.
Least Favorite Track: None of them are bad, but in all honesty, the last 3 tracks kind of blurred together for me.  Nothing made them distinct from one another, the way that other songs had found a way to stand out.

Overall: 4 stars, with room to gain on further listens.

Riss (46 Posts)

Raised in the Midwest, Marissa feels that she has absolutely no good defense for liking what she likes or nominating what she nominates. She likes it that way. With a preference for the indie music scene, there was a time before (alright a rough adolescence) filled with oldies, then country, then pop. She was an unabashed slave to Nsync, and boy bands in general, but not Backstreet Boys, god no! But that has passed. Marissa is passionate about music and about caring about music (and caring about things in general). She considers herself a stereotype, a cliche and a conundrum, all at the same time. When not listening to music Marissa enjoys watching movies, that she will sometimes review on her blog. She is an avid reader and a seasoned podcaster.

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