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Massive Attack — Angel
Album: Mezzanine
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 3295









Released: 1998
Length: 6:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You... are my angel
Come from way above
To bring me love (to bring me love)

Her eyes... she's on the dark side...
Neutralise... (every man inside) Every man inside...

Love you, love you, love you, love you,
Love you, love you, love you, love you,
Love you, love you, love you, love you...

You... are my angel
Come from way above

Love you, love you, love you, love you,
Love you, love you, love you, love you,
Love you, love you, love you, love you...
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I have been a Tricky fan since High School, but when I first heard this album I was completely blown away! 
When I first heard this I said Holly Shit. What a blast, & still is fantastico today.
This one is unlike anything else out there. Truly one of a very good kind!
 forthbrdge wrote:

Us squeamish Dr. Who fans will just skip the slide show thank you.




Don't b....
 xcranky_yankee wrote:

I first heard Massive Attack's "Just Be Thankful..." and was impressed. Original version by Curtis Mayfield? I'd look it up but try to rely on memory some days...



William DeVaughn did the original version of 
"just be thankful"
I have to be in the mood for music like this.  Apparently I am. This really hits the spot. The fat smooth groove keeps building and climaxes... I wish it would last at least twice as long.
 DigitalJer wrote:

It's not just that, although, yes that was brilliant.
The masterful part, with all credit to Bill, is how PF found a niche by creating happy music juxtaposed with depressing lyrics.

Angel is the opposite of that.


These lyrics may be darker than they appear, especially in the context of the album.

I would suggest the "love" being sung about is not a true love, but rather an unhealthy obsession. 
I just LOVE Horace Andy's voice! Everything he's done with Massive Attack is... well... massive!
 Stingray wrote:

Compare this to Floyd, folks!

Middle Ages vs. 2020! 



You're suggesting people were more interesting in the Middle Ages? 
I read an article saying this was the best song to have sex to.
When this came out, I was sunk deep into a theater seat in Takaoka, Toyama-ken, after soaking most of the day away at Aqua Palace, one of the best onsen in Japan, waiting for some movie or other to begin, and this came playing over the incredible sound system. It blew the whole place away, and of course, I had to get more. I just love how it builds and ROCKS. Thanks, RP for playing the best tunes out there!

(not my picture but) I wanna go back in time and see them in concert again! 
Massive Attack, Porcupine Tree, Radiohead. RP listeners love them. I don't get it, but I will assume there is musical greatness there beyond my reach. 
Pump up those speakers and kick back to this epic track,timeless✌️
This is one of the records I use to test studio monitors.

It is a great album in lots of ways, but from a purely technical standpoint (recording/mixing/mastering), it is solidly among the greatest of all time.
 dplant wrote:

10 points for the fade from Pink Floyd.


It's not just that, although, yes that was brilliant.
The masterful part, with all credit to Bill, is how PF found a niche by creating happy music juxtaposed with depressing lyrics.

Angel is the opposite of that.
This kicks ass!
It gets better every time I listen to it.  10/10 from the late drinking fans.
10 points for the fade from Pink Floyd.
Whoa there Tiger....Angels have Angles....Massive Mezzanines &....
Banksy and Massive Attack........the best of Brizzle.  
timeless...epic...
I first heard Massive Attack's "Just Be Thankful..." and was impressed. Original version by Curtis Mayfield? I'd look it up but try to rely on memory some days...
Outstanding Segue from "Another Brick In the Wall Pt.I&II"
Still sounds awesome!
Us squeamish Dr. Who fans will just skip the slide show thank you.
Been listening today Saturday (i think) for the last 2 hours and it keeps getting better playing my favorite artists  and now Angel...What A day this is RP has put me in a fantastic mood ...My GF keeps telling me to turn it down..NO WAY hahaha....and as im typing this RP is now playing Porcupine Tree who are another one of my Favs since early 2000s...Your the best team Thanks again RP.
I could listen to this shit all day long!
Just so damn primal.
Intense!
 Rockit9 wrote:
Have a toke, put on your headphones & float away.
 

That is the best idea I've seen in a long time.
This song and the whole album are great. a  modern music's Milestone.
I can listen it for days. Cheers from Italy ;-)
Someone needs to fix that leaky faucet. 
Still living the '90s uni life in Bristol.
Clubbing to Trip Hop sounds, 
Massive Attack, Portishead et al
its not just music, its a frame of mind, you got it or not.
 dburgher wrote:
Any chance you can take Massive Attack out of your rotation?
 
LMFAO4R!
You keep dreaming.
awesome track on an awesome album have always felt lucky to have seen massive attack live through a big rig
This is freakishly fantastic..WONDERBAR...             10
a strong 10 to the power of 10
 Rockit999 wrote:
A Big Massive 9
 

9 2 10
       
intense crescendo in this song : I love this !!! 
MORE MASSIVE ATTACK! 
 dburgher wrote:
Any chance you can take Massive Attack out of your rotation?

 
With a rating of 8 from the RP audience I seriously doubt it. I, for one, would like to have it kept in the rotation. Crank it up!
 dburgher wrote:
Any chance you can take Massive Attack out of your rotation?

 
Nope
This group seems to be stuck in a very dark place. They could probably benefit from getting over it and moving on to greener pastures.
I love this!!!
Have a toke, put on your headphones & float away.
 Rockit9 wrote:

NOT
at all
 


Any chance you can take Massive Attack out of your rotation?
snatch
A great track which appears from nowhere, builds to a bristling peak then slips back into your subconscious.

This whole LP's great, in fact. One of my favourite LPs from the era which pairs up really well with Rhythm and Stealth by Leftfield (another quality 98/99 era release).

I remember how Dissolved Girl (also from this LP) was only audible on Neo's cans in The Matrix but its placement in the scene and plot was perfect. Props to the music super for that treatment.
SO GOOD. Still gives me chills. {#Music}
Clearly 11!
 DigitalJer wrote:
The more I listen to MA, the more I like them

 
Ditto.
 dburgher wrote:
Massively sucks.

 
NOT
The more I listen to MA, the more I like them
Massively sucks.
 woodchuk wrote:
One of those songs to listen to on a massive sound system.  Mobile phone earbuds could never do justice to that thunderous bassline! {#Bananajam}

 
{#Drummer}

100% agreed!  I've been rather lucky lately with getting the Massive Attack tracks to play while I'm driving to/fro work, while enjoying through my aftermarket truck stereo.  It's not the stereo I had in my college years, although I am amazed at the efficiency of the new all digital amps, I do miss the feeling of the "old" amps (I was running a Phoenix Gold Route 66 which POUNDED my ported sub box) - and I wish I knew of this group back in the day....that's really what I came to comment is how surprised I am by the rather high ratings for Massive Attack tracks....maybe most of us RPsters do have great sound systems and/or headphones.

Long Live RP (and sorry for my rambling posts....esp. since I'm "at work" so I have to switch back and forth from typing my comment and what I get paid for ;-))


One of those songs to listen to on a massive sound system.  Mobile phone earbuds could never do justice to that thunderous bassline! {#Bananajam}
A Big Massive 9
 jhorton wrote:
So cool, I almost dropped my bong!

 
Ah eloquence!  Great tune  {#Clap}
I attended a 'make cannabis free' demo in Stockwell Park in Brixton UK many years ago. Walking towards the park through the backstreets of Brixton, someone had set up a sound system out of a top floor house window. This track started playing when walking past the house. I had to stop until it had finished. 

I still remember, just as it does now, the shivers it gives through my entire body - such is the effect of this quite magnificent track.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Portishead followed by Massive Attack.

There's never anything wrong with that.

Regards from the Bristol office this rainy Tuesday.  Thanks RP. 

 
I've heard that was quite a cool music scene in Bristol back in the '90s, with bands like the two you mentioned.
Amazing, how popular this song was... It was played in bars from Kanazawa to Kyoto when it came out, and had a big resurgence in the Tokyo club scene mid-2000s... Still brings a visceral experience, especially if played at a good volume with legal refreshments...
So cool, I almost dropped my bong!
How tedious!
Was used really well in the movie Snatch.
Hypnotic
 VH1 wrote:
A Masterpiece! 10 from me! {#Clap}

 
yes, I am with you!
A Masterpiece! 10 from me! {#Clap}
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I love the minimumlism and restraint on this composition. Great segway after the "Wall" by P. Floyd. 8.5

 
...nice transition as well... ;-)


I saw them a few months ago. Hearing this track live was an amazing experience.
Portishead followed by Massive Attack.

There's never anything wrong with that.

Regards from the Bristol office this rainy Tuesday.  Thanks RP. 
I love the minimumlism and restraint on this composition. Great segway after the "Wall" by P. Floyd. 8.5
 Proclivities wrote:

You folks have some peculiar word usage up there.  In parts of he Southeast US, that type of headgear is called called "toboggans", which is even more strange.

 
Not peculiar at all to me. In upstate NY we always called them toques (tukes) as well. Maybe some Canadian influence I suppose.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Wool ski caps?!
They're called toques, you hoser!!

https://www.gordonmcb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/McKenzie-Photo-5a.jpg
(Pronounced "tukes" by the way. Now have a beer, eh?)

 
You folks have some peculiar word usage up there.  In parts of he Southeast US, that type of headgear is called called "toboggans", which is even more strange.
From Portishead... to Massive Attack. Bristol in the nineties. Something special happening there. 

What a menacing piece of poetry. 

What's next, The Heavy?

Loving your choices Bill. 
Blended into this after Pink Floyd's Another brick in the wall. Good times :)
I'm way too old for this music but I love it anyway.  Thanks Bill
I'm really like this. Writing code and designing a GUI for a prototype of a medical product at work... Monday AM. Good accompaniment. It feels like a diesel locomotive pushing up a hill here in the Rockies: no question it will made it. Inexorable force overcomes all obstacled. Good metaphor for coding.
I thought 'Angel' played live in Istanbul was the most amazing their live performance I have seen,  
all until I seen them in Byblos (Lebanon), this song just left me breathless right there where between the sea and 8000 years old stone walls the 'Angel' was just echoing ....Still feels surreal....   
Massive Portishead?  Portishead Attack??
 Proclivities wrote:
True, but it didn't precede the ubiquitous wool ski caps.
 
Wool ski caps?!
They're called toques, you hoser!!

https://www.gordonmcb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/McKenzie-Photo-5a.jpg
(Pronounced "tukes" by the way. Now have a beer, eh?)
Whenever this comes on the iPod while I'm riding my motorcycle I have to actively stay sane.
Wow... neat album cover!
 Krakus wrote:
Hip before invention of hipster jihad beards.

 
{#Lol}True, but it didn't precede the ubiquitous wool ski caps.
One of the sickest segues ever....WOW!!!
 
Hip before invention of hipster jihad beards.
Such a sexy song.. 
bug juice
That's some badass bug, eh?
It's right behind you Tyrone! When you reverse things come from behind you!
 
 oneyet wrote:
I Heard this live some years ago!
One of the most powerful live experiences I have ever had.
I had to kind of lean towards the stage to fight the pure preassure pumping out.  

 
Ditto.  Was it the Heligoland tour?

Inertia Creeps and Teardrop (with the amazing Martina Topley-Bird on vocals) were my favorites of the night.  But really, the whole dang show pulverized me!
 Stingray wrote:
Compare this to Floyd, folks!

Middle Ages vs. 2020! 

 

You got that right
I was thinking the SAME thing...Massive Attack following Portishead! Totally hitting on all cylinders now, RP!
This is the sexiest album.
Sour Times + Angel = 8 min of sublime bliss {#Music}
Yoooouuuuu aaaarrrrreeee myyyy aaaangeeeeel … gooooodliiiike {#Music}
And this makes it 50/50 for the last 5 songs.  A fine start to my day.
Compare this to Floyd, folks!

Middle Ages vs. 2020! 
I'll have me some of that, please and thank you.{#Cowboy}
EPIC!
{#Meditate}


 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
10, next
 
Your taste i. music is impeckerable...
 
Agreed, that's why I had to buy it.
ottovonb wrote:
Just wonderfully creepy.

 


Just wonderfully creepy.
How you blended that ringing phone at the end of Another Brick In The Wall into Angel was just... divine!!!

had to retire the earbuds for this one and get the mighty phones


 perikleshokie wrote:
Portishead followed by Massive Attack!!  Triphop heaven ... {#Meditate}

 
Again a hello from us Bristol folks.  Hope this finds you well.  Thanks Mr & Mrs G for such a great station and for keeping us on your map.

Just turned up the subwoofer and it is getting a workout.

Sensurround 8.1 earthquake happening here!


7 -> 8
Bill you are a Supreme Being. 
10, next
 scott_bruce wrote:

Also used on the TV show La Femme Nikita with Peta Wilson.

 
Also used in "Snatch" when they torch the caravan.  Brilliant
This song just doesn't get old for me. 8 --> 9
Wow. Really liking this powerful groove.
Half of Led Zep I side two (3 songs) -->  Massive Attack.  Love RP today.


 linzie wrote:
Like this...where did I hear this before? A movie? Gotta be....

 
Also used on the TV show La Femme Nikita with Peta Wilson.
I recently bought this CD.  It is full of many surprises..unfortunately my wife does not like this 'new style' of music that I've been consuming.
Portishead followed by Massive Attack!!  Triphop heaven ... {#Meditate}
OH Bill you're the man. pixies then massive attack , angel. sublime stuff. be fab to hear 'live with me' by MA too.