Massive Attack

Teardrop

Composed by Robert del Naja / Elizabeth Fraser / Grantley Marshall / Mushroom

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mezzanine 1998 Virgin 5:30
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Virgin
The Best Album in the World...Ever! Vol. 7 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:39
MTV Most Wanted 1998
Various Artists
WEA International 3:26
Singles 90/98 1998 Circa 6:45
Absolute '98: The Best of 1998 1998
Various Artists
Eva 4:39
Now That's What I Call Music! 40 [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:38
Q 1998: Best Tracks from the Best Albums of 1998 1998
Various Artists
5:30
Teardrop [CD EP Single] 1998 Virgin / Circa 6:44
Chill out Album: Soft Mixes 1999
Various Artists
Warner Music / WEA / East West
Moods Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 4:10
Chillout Mix 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1999
Academy: Celebrate the True Anthems 2000
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 5:30
Cafe Mambo '99 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:52
Best of British [Sony] 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:29
Chilled Ibiza 2000
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:14
Chillout Mix, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
BMG
The Classic Chillout Album 2001
Various Artists
Tbc / Sony Music Distribution 0:00
The Chillout [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Breakdown: The Very Best Euphoric Chillout Mixes 2001
Various Artists
BMG 3:21
Deca Dance Chillout 2001
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 0:00
The Chillout Session [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 5:14
Indie: The Anthems 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Classic Chillout Album [1 Disc] 2002
Various Artists
Epic 4:03
Chillout 2002: The Ultimate Chillout 2002
Various Artists
Nettwerk America / Nettwerk 6:05
Electrical Lovers Presents: Chillout Lovers 2002
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Blue Lines/Protection/Mezzanine 2002 Virgin / Wild Bunch 5:30
Best of Chillout Past and Present 2004
Various Artists
Nettwerk America / Nettwerk 6:03
Digital Love 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Digital Love [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Toshiba
Kabul 107.9 Aniversario 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Alternative Love Songs 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:27
Collected 2006 Virgin 5:28
No Image 2006 Virgin 5:28
Le Bar: Plaza Athenee, Paris 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:50
In the Mind of Nitin Sawhney 2007 District 6 5:14
House, M.D. 2007
Original Television Soundtrack
Nettwerk 5:31
Songs [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:51
101 Indie Classics 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:51
Hottest 100 of All Time 2009
Various Artists
Triple J 5:27
No Image EMI / EMI Music Distribution 6:45
No Image
Various Artists
Eva