Angel (Massive Attack song)

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"Angel"
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Single by Massive Attack
from the album Mezzanine
B-side"Group Four" (Remix)
Released13 July 1998
Recorded1997–98
StudioMassive Attack Studios and Christchurch Studios (Bristol)
Genre
Length6:19
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Massive Attack singles chronology
"Teardrop"
(1998)
"Angel"
(1998)
"Inertia Creeps"
(1998)
Music video
"Angel" on YouTube

"Angel" is a song by English trip hop group Massive Attack, featuring the vocals and songwriting from Horace Andy, and is partially based on Andy's song "You Are My Angel". It was released as the third single from their third studio album, Mezzanine (1998), on 13 July 1998.[1] "Angel" peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

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] The song samples The Incredible Bongo Band song "Last Bongo in Belgium".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Angel", directed by Walter A. Stern, features Grant "Daddy G" Marshall in a car park. He is walking to the exit when Robert del Naja, Andrew Vowles and Horace Andy[clarification needed] appear behind him. They gradually get closer to him, 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 almost 40 million views on YouTube (last checked on march 2021).[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.TitleLength
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]

Personnel[edit]

Massive Attack

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

Additional personnel

  • Neil Davidge – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples
  • Horace Andy – vocals
  • 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]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 129
New Zealand Singles Chart[14] 33
UK Singles Chart[15] 30

References[edit]

  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.
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  13. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Discography Massive Attack". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Massive Attack". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 November 2012.