Angel (Massive Attack song)
|Single by Massive Attack|
|from the album Mezzanine|
|B-side||"Group Four" (Remix)|
|Released||13 July 1998|
|Studio||Massive Attack Studios and Christchurch Studios (Bristol)|
|Massive Attack singles chronology|
"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. "Angel" peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.
Background and composition
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." The song samples The Incredible Bongo Band song "Last Bongo in Belgium".
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.
The video has had almost 40 million views on YouTube (last checked on march 2021).
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.||"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|
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Featured in the 1998 episode "Off Profile" of the series La Femme Nikita.
- Used repeatedly in the 1999 film Best Laid Plans starring Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin.
- Used in commercials made by Adidas during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
- Used in 1998 film Pi when Max's landlord is interrogating him.
- Used in 1999 film Go when Ronna goes to buy Ecstasy off Todd.
- Used in the 2000 film Snatch during the caravan park fire scene.
- Featured in the 2003 episode "Commencement" of the series The West Wing.
- An instrumental track based on the song was used as the title theme in the 2004 game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
- It was used in Far Cry 2 E3 2008 trailer.
- In the 2005 psychological thriller Stay, "Angel" was used in a strip club scene.
- The song was used in the 2004 movie Flight of the Phoenix, in a tense standoff scene between the main characters and a band of smugglers.
- Used in the Pilot episode of Person of Interest, during a standoff inside an apartment building.
- Used in the opening credits of the movie "Firewall" (2006) with Harrison Ford
- Featured in the 2012 episode "Island of Dreams" of the series Grimm
- "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. Sepultura's cover was featured in the second episode of the Fox series The Following. It has also been covered live by Australian psychedelic group Tame Impala and Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous, which released their version as a single in 2019.
- Featured in the opening credits of Brazilian telenovela Verdades Secretas.
- The song was used in the E3 2018 Gameplay Trailer for Metro Exodus.
- Used in an episode of Third Watch
- Featured in first episode of Season 2 of Good Girls.
- Featured in season 7 episode 6 "All or Nothing" of Burn Notice
- Featured in the ads of Watchmen
|Australian Singles Chart||129|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||33|
|UK Singles Chart||30|
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