People are quick to compare singers/musicians to other more well-knowns in the business for some reason, then turn around and bash them for it as if they had a personal vendetta out for them. It really ticks me off because it doesn't allow music lovers like me to listen with discernment and an open-mind. Instead, I prejudge. Luckily, I'm not so weak-minded as to listen to the criticisms of others and allow myself to be the judge. Well, for all the folks who compare(d) Hooverphonic to Portishead, this group DOES NOT sound anything like them! In fact, after picking up the incredible "A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular" seven years later after its release, I found the sound to be just as fresh and contemporary in 2003. I absolutely loathe "dated" sounding music...it shows that the artist is just making music that appeals to "the now", and not for generations to come. Hooverphonic--along with folks like DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada, Amon Tobin, Prince and yes, Portishead, have all done masterful jobs of making music that will sound good even 20 years from now--they're called classics! Something Hooverphnic has created with "A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular!"