Massive Attack had wanted to work with Cocteau Twins' vocalist Elizabeth Fraser since the early '90s, and, after years of wrong-time, wrong-place scenarios, they finally had their chance on 1998's Mezzanine. Although Fraser co-wrote three of the album's 11 tracks and had a far more interesting impact on "Group Four," it was the sweetness of "Teardrop" that allowed the song the most commercial success. The single, released in May 1998, gave Massive Attack their first-ever Top Ten hit in the U.K. and gave Cocteau Twins' fans a chance to nearly clearly hear Frazer's lyrics. Melancholy, dreamy, and fully showcasing her patent scale-slipping vocals, the song was almost (but not quite) epic in proportion, clocking in at an unrushed five and a half minutes. The music, however, is merely an accompaniment to the vocals, staying well behind the action only to scuttle forward ever so slightly from time to time. Although it's a weak link on the album, it still remains an integral part of the overall dichotomy of sound and style that the band intended -- an interlude to soften the soul.