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|2. All Mine|
|4. Half Day Closing|
|7. Mourning Air|
|8. Seven Months|
|9. Only You|
|11. Western Eyes|
With Dummy, their 1994 debut, Portishead not only created a classic of turntable-derived soul, but defined their sound so exhaustively as to spawn a host of imitators. So what to do for a follow-up? As it happened, the answer was simple--refine the template. This self-titled album simply ups the ante on everything that made their debut so special: the brooding sense of menace, that deep streak of romantic fatalism. Much is made of the cinematic quality of Portishead's music--and indeed, many of these tracks sound like they should be accompanying some existentialist spy flick from the mid-1960s. But ultimately, it's singer Beth Gibbons that's their greatest asset: her vocals gliding effortlessly from the furious ("Cowboys") to the forlorn ("Mourning Air"); from the exuberant ("All Mine") to the exhausted ("Only You")--and all set to the group's most ambitious and expansive arrangements to date. A majestic, damaged and frequently terrifying masterpiece. --Andrew McGuire
Awesome record. Sounds great, just like its suppose to! Love Portishead!! Also love the cover picture. Cant wait to buy Dummy next.Published 22 months ago by Hazrella
One of the best albums of the 1990's on top quality vinyl, how could you go wrong? It's not a long album and it's spread across two records, so you'll be flipping sides a lot (two... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2011 by Mattdpnt
I turn on the CD player and I am wearing a slinky black dress, my mouth rouged with blood red lipstick, a trail of cigarette smoke wafts in the stale air, and I'm shadowed by a... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Baroness Von Grim
After an album like DUMMY, it appears it would be difficult to follow up such a great album. It took the group three years to come up with this second album, and it was worth the... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Jake Z
All I can say is welcome to the "Twilight Zone". Most anyone who knows their previous album "Dummy", can pretty much expect the same thing on... Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by H3@+h
melancholic, spooky, dreamy tunes into which the mind gently melts.
Less accessible than some would expect but more enduring if you give it a chance.
Portishead just have that dark class that you can never forget and can't ignore.
When I finally sat back and listened to this album I was thoroughly impressed. Read more
I agree with the other reviewers about "Dummy"-but listening to this it is the sort of record that sets a mood and can create the mood--dark? Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Elaine