Angel (Massive Attack song)

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Single by Massive Attack
from the album Mezzanine
Released 13 July 1998
Format CD, 12", cassette
Recorded 1997–98 at Massive Attack and Christchurch Studios, Bristol
Genre Trip hop, electronica, electronic rock
Length 6:19
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Robert del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Horace Andy[nb 1]
Producer(s) Neil Davidge
Massive Attack singles chronology
"Inertia Creeps"
"Inertia Creeps"
Music video
"Angel" on YouTube

"Angel" is a song by the British trip hop group Massive Attack. It was released on 13 July 1998[1] and is the third single from their third album, Mezzanine, and the tenth single overall. The song samples The Incredible Bongo Band song, "Last Bongo in Belgium".

Background and composition[edit]

Daddy G described the song as "[starting] something we've got to finish. It was a much bigger thing than any member of the band."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Angel" features Daddy G in a car park. He is walking to the exit when Robert del Naja, Andrew Vowles and Horace Andy[clarification needed] appear behind Marshall. They gradually get closer to Marshall, causing him to feel intimidated. More people start following him, which causes him to run outside the car park until he reaches a fence and therefore cannot go any further. As he turns to face the people chasing him, they stop and face him. He then notices that they seem to be mirroring his movements, as if his body controls them. He suddenly charges towards the people that followed him, which causes them to run away.[3]

The video has had over 20 million views on YouTube.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception for the song was positive. Amy Hanson of AllMusic describes the song as "While the beat here is slow, druggy, and deep, what ultimately drives Angel is the wall of guitars that are reminiscent of a very early Cure".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Angel" 6:19
2. "Angel" (radio edit) 5:24
3. "Angel" (Blur remix) 6:21
4. "Angel" (Mad Professor remix) 6:15
5. "Group Four" (Mad Professor remix) 7:51
Total length: 32:10[1]


Massive Attack

  • Robert Del Naja – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples, art direction
  • Grantley Marshall – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples
  • Andrew Vowles – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples

Additional personnel

  • Neil Davidge – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples
  • Horace Andyvocals
  • Angelo Bruschini – guitars
  • Jon Harris, Bob Locke, Winston Blisset – bass guitars
  • Andy Gangadeen – drums
  • Dave Jenkins, Michael Timothy – additional keyboards

Recording personnel

  • Jan Kybert – Pro Tools
  • Lee Shepherd – engineer (Massive Attack and Christchurch Studios)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (Olympic Studios)
  • Jan Kybert, Paul "P-Dub" Walton – assistant mixing
  • Tim Young – editing, engineer (Metropolis Studios)

In popular culture[edit]

"Angel" has been covered by mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan, for their iTunes only EP, Plagiarism, and also by Brazilian metal band Sepultura on their EP Revolusongs and on the special edition of their 2003 album Roorback.[8] Sepultura's cover was featured in the second episode of the Fox series The Following. It has also been covered live by Australian psychedelic outfit Tame Impala.


Chart (1998) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[9] 129
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 33
UK Singles Chart[11] 30


  1. ^ a b Whalley, Matt. "Angel – Massive Attack (single review)". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Hanson, Amy. "Angel - Massive Attack". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Massive Attack. "Angel" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Music of La Femme Nikita
  5. ^ "Far Cry 2 E3 2008 Trailer". Ubisoft. 
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  7. ^ "Stay (2005) Soundtrack". Retrieved 2014-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Roorback/Special Edition: Sepultura: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Discography Massive Attack". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Massive Attack". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 


  1. ^ Horace Andy is credited by his real name, Horace Hinds, on the CD notes.