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Massive Attack — Teardrop
Album: Mezzanine
Avg rating:
8.4

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Total ratings: 5680









Released: 1998
Length: 5:19
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Feathers on my breath
Gentle impulsion shakes me makes me lighter
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath

Nine nights of matter
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Feathers on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Feathers on my breath
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath

You're stumbling a little
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aaaaaAAAAAAAAAA  I L O V E T H I S S O N G
 graetering wrote:
this is not house. it is trip pop.
 

Just wow.
 drwhy wrote:
Can someone tell me who the female singer is on this song?
 

Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame
 drwhy wrote:
Can someone tell me who the female singer is on this song?
 

Elizabeth Fraser
Can someone tell me who the female singer is on this song?
 changodelaplaya wrote:
I wonder if they had any idea that they were making a "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Sergent Pepper" or "Pet Sounds", when they were recording "Mezzanine"?
 
Does anyone?
The Beatles of Bristol's "Trip Hop" sound in the 90's , Massive Attack  still sounds so cool 
A raised glass to Brizzle and the surrounding area in the nineties. Wess coass!
I wonder if they had any idea that they were making a "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Sergent Pepper" or "Pet Sounds", when they were recording "Mezzanine"?
 Lemonhead wrote:
feel I have to comment. again. this song is superb. as is the band as is Bristol 😉
 
I agree with the Bristol response; I was there alot 4 or 5 years ago for business and really enjoyed it.
feel I have to comment. again. this song is superb. as is the band as is Bristol 😉
always remembers me about House M.D.
Totally amazing band. PLEASE make more music.
Posted 3 years ago by Azrica:
...and without any doubt 10 from Montenegrian living in Lebanon...

{#Crown}

Bleyfusz wrote:

Kudos from a German Barcelona resident.


Paul_Williams wrote:

10, without question. But I'm from Bristol, so I'm biased.
 Webfoot wrote:

No, you're right, even in the US (at least the Pacific Northwest).
 
Damn you're right, from Seattle to Eugene, it's a 10 not a 9.
That's a long overdue +1 (gotta Rep the Pacific Northwest!)
Long Live RP!! (And Go Dawgs!)
Zeitloser Jahrhundertsong
just the best boys out of Bristol, or dare I say, the UK
Love this band and this track.
I also love this version too
I still remember the ripples that went through my musical world in the mid 90s when Portishead and Massive Attack brought their delicious grit and grime into play and turned my tastes in electronica and aetherea from bands like Tangerine Dream and Cocteau Twins in the direction of what would become TripHop, DnB etc. Still sublime decades later.
timeless. always a great album to listen to
this is not house. it is trip pop.
A great song and a great album. 
 codeic wrote:
It must be one of the most memorable songs I have ever heard. But, again, that may be true for all Massive Attack songs...
  I know,  whenever I hear this or a cover of it,  it's in my head for days.

It must be one of the most memorable songs I have ever heard. But, again, that may be true for all Massive Attack songs...
One of the reasons that I got a registration here long ago :-)
Massive Attack is almost always reliable producing great music....Love it. 
Great Heart Beats
This one never seems to get old. {#Music} Also, they used it in the trailer for the first Assassin's Creed game so those two things are weirdly mingled in my mind, haha.
Bloody amazing! Still so good after all these years.
 sdwright wrote:
Well if you haven't heard it until now, give a big thank you to Bill our DJ.  Maybe that was when he stumbled upon it and like we all do, overDOSED on the song.  But Massive Attack may actually be following you, I heard they did that to someone else.

Posted: Nov 07, 2017 8:27
 



 
all this fuss begs two questions then:

1. is there really a "bill"?

2. does it matter if bill is a dilbert data entry sweatshop somewhere in s.e. asia?
Is there supposed to be the LP record hissing sound?
Anything by Liz Fraiser bears listening too...but...wow...just ...wow. Words fail me!
Liz is a Mondegreen factory, ain't she?

Love love is a fire
Brown fizzy doo whir
Feel the summer bread!
 Andres-7 wrote:
Damn...there is not higher than 10.

 
There really does need to be an 11.   Just for when you need that extra... push over the cliff....  And this track merits an 11.

Damn...there is not higher than 10.
 pinto wrote:
This song was released in 1998 and 19 years later RP has given it 5 plays in the past 30 days?  Seems a little much even if it is a great song.

 
Well I listen to RP 3 out of 5 days every week 9 to 5 and I have not heard this 5 times in the month you refer to.  You see Bill has an automated system (albeit with algorithms and segues) and it plays 24/7/365 so unless you listen all day and all night every day you are unlikely to hear the multiple plays.

Either that or Massive Attack is following you - watch out its behind you!
10 x infinity
 pinto wrote:
This song was released in 1998 and 19 years later RP has given it 5 plays in the past 30 days?  Seems a little much even if it is a great song.

 
To me, godlike. A 10. A unique experience. Me too, sometimes, I don't feel like listening to a song I worship because I've heard recentky, because it's not the right time, a million reasons.
You now have TWO options for that: 'next song' and 'PSD'.

...I wonder if you do realize that what makes the DNA of RP is that it is playing what it wants to, rather than the current chart toppers?
I don't like being sarcastic. And this is me holding back.

Would you also like Bill to exclude other even older groups (yes, like from before 1998) like Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles (and hundreds more that make me listen to this very web-radio to start with)?
Oh, and he should also stop playing these prehistoric jazz people, Fitzgerald, Armstrong and more, who you had to listen to on the radio because vinyl records were too expensive, so anti-democratic.

I hope I won't post too much lashing-out comments like this one on this forum, which should be about what we like. Guilty as charged.
Love this song but every single day?
Just love Massive Attack !
 pinto wrote:
This song was released in 1998 and 19 years later RP has given it 5 plays in the past 30 days?  Seems a little much even if it is a great song.

 
You're right.  This is a great song.
This song was released in 1998 and 19 years later RP has given it 5 plays in the past 30 days?  Seems a little much even if it is a great song.
 Skydog wrote:
Bill ya gotta precede this with KD Lang's "So It Shall Be"
trust me on this, I did it and it works, 
they both have some sort of hopsicord thing going on (you'll see)

 
I think we're all patiently a-waiting BillG taking you up on this!  And I will say that I'm VERY surprised not only with the high overall rating (esp. considering over 4000 ratings) and the fact it gets played a lot (5 times last 30 days) still and few comments about how "overplayed" it is. 
Probably cuz this shit bumps and sounds great with headphones or awesome sound systems.

Long Live RP!


 Skid_Mark wrote:
"I've never seen a diamond in the flesh...."  {#Shifty}

 
That would be a good trick.  Lorde was probably one or two years old when this was released.  Other than the tempo, the songs don't really have that much in common to me, though they'd probably work out well if played one after the other in a club.
One of the gems to emerge from 90's music.
Bill ya gotta precede this with KD Lang's "So It Shall Be"
trust me on this, I did it and it works, 
they both have some sort of hopsicord thing going on (you'll see)
The perfect match: the angelic voiced Liz Fraser's song about her dead lover with the darkness conjured by Massive Attack.
Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word...
 legacyofrob827 wrote:
heard this once before kinda reminds me of tears for fears pale shelter but i like this better, wondering if this is a cover ...a 9
 



Now, thats'a good one!?
For something completely different, strange and beautiful, check out Voces8 modern choral cover of this....
heard this once before kinda reminds me of tears for fears pale shelter but i like this better, wondering if this is a cover ...a 9
Solid 8. Great song to start my Monday morning.
 DHandAJ wrote:
House

 
No shit. Do you actually read comments here?
To think that this nearly became a Madonna song... Liz Fraser <3
 daveinnj wrote:
Binging on House, and now  this pops up. Timing is everything.

 
Great show
House
This song most certainly is good for the ears.
Martin Gore used the same drum pattern + vinyl noise for I am you on Exciter. :)
" Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in."

...and without any doubt 10 from Montenegrian living in Lebanon...
{#Crown}

 
Bleyfusz wrote:


Kudos from a German Barcelona resident.

 
 Paul_Williams wrote:

             10, without question. But I'm from Bristol, so I'm biased. 

Webfoot wrote:

No, you're right, even in the US (at least the Pacific Northwest).

 Paul_Williams wrote:

             10, without question. But I'm from Bristol, so I'm biased. 

Webfoot wrote:

No, you're right, even in the US (at least the Pacific Northwest).

 

Kudos from a German Barcelona resident.
 kcar wrote:

group photo of members of Cocteau Twins

...The guy on the right looks like a yellow labrador retriever, wanting to eat his bangs but waiting for his master's command. 

 

Naw...it's Donald Trump when he was still into Duran Duran.

 Paul_Williams wrote:
10, without question. But I'm from Bristol, so I'm biased.

 
No, you're right, even in the US (at least the Pacific Northwest).
I love this song 😍
Binging on House, and now  this pops up. Timing is everything.

I love see ! legs is a werb too.
absolute Classic... always in my Playlist.... 
10, without question. But I'm from Bristol, so I'm biased.
It's never Lupus.
awesome stuff. no-one does it like 'Massive'
 kcar wrote:
group photo of members of Cocteau Twins

Remember the 80s? Pouffed-up hair and glassy eyes...The guy on the right looks like a yellow labrador retriever, wanting to eat his bangs but waiting for his master's command.

 
As goofy as those hairstyles seem in retrospect, are they really worse than today's popular hairstyles?
hipster lumberjack wannabe
I think not.
House showing the middle finger surreptitiously
"I've never seen a diamond in the flesh...."  {#Shifty}


No better song waking up with commuting by train to work.
School of singing. Almost any female singer wanting to make a cover of this song today would have to autotune her voice, and she still wouldn't sound 1/100th as perfect.
1998, wow.   and people think it was written for Hugh Laurie!!!  (House 2004)
Best band from England.
Superb superb s{#Cool}perb music.
9??  What was I thinking?  10 all day, every day!
Best band for trip hop ever
Great album
"Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word"

Now that's a lyric.

My rating: 10 

Oh, and that show (House) showed up on Netflix without this song in the intro - it had another song that sounded sort of vaguely similar. Apparently it's a rights thing.
 
 Poacher wrote:

That's OK, I had it turned up myself :)

 
Bill's got a global stereophonic sound system with all speakers playing Massive Attack on 11.
 Giselle62 wrote:
if you all like her vocals you have to try out some Cocteau Twins—-i like the album Treasure the best.

 
Yes! Great album. "Heaven or Las Vegas" is also wonderful and has a special treat: Elizabeth Fraser actually sings intelligible words from time to time! A revelation. 

group photo of members of Cocteau Twins

Remember the 80s? Pouffed-up hair and glassy eyes...The guy on the right looks like a yellow labrador retriever, wanting to eat his bangs but waiting for his master's command. 

Woof!

 
 Sloggydog wrote:
Can't be too loud! Sorry neighbours.
 
That's OK, I had it turned up myself :)
Can't be too loud! Sorry neighbours.
Is "House" on? Didn't they cancel that show?
if you all like her vocals you have to try out some Cocteau Twins---i like the album Treasure the best.
 xkolibuul wrote:

Not here at RP you don't.  So that's your problem, not ours.



 
May be my internet connection, but I think this is playing twice right now (with a 1/4 second delay) {#Ask}
The thing that draws my ear to this song is the growling bass line.
 Poacher wrote:
Rate Song:  11 - Wow, just wow!

 
Hehehehee.....!!  Good One!  {#Clap}  Love love love this song..  Elizabeth has the voice of an Angel.
 hikerted wrote:
I swear I hear this tune at least 2x a day. That's too much IMHO. It's not that great.{#Naughty}

 
Not here at RP you don't.  So that's your problem, not ours.


LOVE THIS  {#Hearteyes} ......turn up the volume
 rdo wrote:

Correction>>>>>>as MUSIC goes, this is as good as it gets...the Earth's finest...next
 
... agree on that one. :))
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
....... as trip hop goes this is as good as it gets and a very worthy 10 for me.

 Bristol's finest.

 
 
Correction>>>>>>as MUSIC goes, this is as good as it gets...the Earth's finest...next
i must say it's really good
....... as trip hop goes this is as good as it gets and a very worthy 10 for me.

 Bristol's finest.

 
I swear I hear this tune at least 2x a day. That's too much IMHO. It's not that great.{#Naughty}
Her vocal fluctuation sounds so foreign yet it is English.  Unique and beautiful .. 
 Spud wrote:

Agree. Beautiful voice indeed.  {#Yes}

 

Great follow up to 'Burn' by The Cure {#Bananajam}
 janac13 wrote:
Every time I hear Liz I get shivers and a reminder of how humans can make beautiful things...{#Notworthy}
 
Agree. Beautiful voice indeed.  {#Yes}
Sounds just like Goldfrapp or the other way 'round
 janac13 wrote:
Every time I hear Liz I get shivers and a reminder of how humans can make beautiful things...{#Notworthy}
 
........ agree, Godlike x 2    {#Clap}
 NeuroJoe wrote:

Wow. All 3 of us, what are the chances!

 
We should plan a reunion!
Every time I hear Liz I get shivers and a reminder of how humans can make beautiful things...{#Notworthy}
 rdo wrote:
This is quite possibly the most beautiful song human beings have ever encountered.........

 
I absolutely agree....

I am proud to hail from their neck of the woods. 
{#Bananapiano}  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm oh Yes 10+
Second 10 in a row after Wish You Were Here. Yes, I think this song is that good.
I've heard this song so often on RP now I hardly think of House anymore. Good tune.
 (Banned) wrote:

What a coincidence.  Me too!

 
Wow. All 3 of us, what are the chances!
Man. I previously gave this song a 9 and I stand by that rating.

But the last song played was "Wish You Were Here". I had previously given it a 9 as well. As good as Teardrop is, if it's a 9, WYWH should be a 14. 

Just sayin'.  
 random1 wrote:
Never fails.. every time I hear this song, I am back in Nepal.  End of a full day crossing the Cho La pass.  Leaning against a rock wall in the village of Dzongla breathing in the cold crisp air and watching the sun's last rays flare out on Ama Dablam.  This song is pure magic.

 
What a coincidence.  Me too!
this band is growing on me.....{#Dance}
Never fails.. every time I hear this song, I am back in Nepal.  End of a full day crossing the Cho La pass.  Leaning against a rock wall in the village of Dzongla breathing in the cold crisp air and watching the sun's last rays flare out on Ama Dablam.  This song is pure magic.
 Kevwedge wrote:

This reminded me of "House" too. Is it the same piece they used ? ( minus vocals of course)

 
I believe it is an edited and remixed version of this song.
This Is really a Cool, Moving, great song, and the voice is great also
 
This is quite possibly the most beautiful song human beings have ever encountered.........
 stalfnzo wrote:
This song gets better and better with time. Thanks Bill.
 
Definitely an example of Less is More. A marvellous exercise in restraint.
Excellent song.
But what is she repeating in the end? "She's totally in the dark"? 
9 --> 10.

WTF was I thinking ??