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Portishead

Portishead Audio CD
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1. Cowboys
2. All Mine
3. Undenied
4. Half Day Closing
5. Over
6. Humming
7. Mourning Air
8. Seven Months
9. Only You
10. Elysium
11. Western Eyes

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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

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PORTISHEAD Portishead (1997 Canadian issue 11-track CD album including the singles All Mine Over and Only You picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Oct. 13 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Awesome record. Sounds great, just like its suppose to! Love Portishead!! Also love the cover picture. Cant wait to buy Dummy next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Nov. 21 2011
Format:LP Record
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 songs on side A), not really an issue, just saying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trip hop noir March 30 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Portishead created a unique sound in their debut "Dummy," combining smoky jazz and trip-hop. So an equally good follow-up was a pretty tall order. Enter the self-titled "Portishead," which ups the eerie noir feel while not abandoning the cool electronic edge. In the months before their return, it seems appropriate to revisit their older material.

"Did you feed us tales of deceit,/Conceal the tongues who need to speak?/Subtle lies and a soiled coin,/The truth is sold, the deal is done," Beth Gibbons intones, sounding like a slightly gleeful robot. That sets the tone for "Portishead," giving it a darker tone than its predecessor -- darker songs, darker vocals, darker music.

The jazz overtones are still there, bubbling up in songs like the distant "Over" and "Seven Months," which sounds strangely like fellow trip-hop artist Emiliana Torrini. Only the downtempo "Over" and softly poppy "Western Eyes" break from this cooler sound, sounding warm and unaltered. The rest of the album is a different story.

Somehow it adds to the noir atmosphere to have darker, colder sounds woven in with the jazzy trip-hop. "Humming" includes a strange background beat that sounds exactly as you would imagine a UFO. This dark, experimental edge makes it a bit harder to get into than their debut album, but when you do get into it, it's almost frighteningly intense.

The jazzy percussion is one of the first things you notice about this, paired with horns and thick synth. It's surprisingly heady to listen to. Also cold and distant -- which seems appropriate, since the simple lyrics focus on loneliness, melancholy, sadness and loss ("Why should I forgive you,/After all that I've seen,/Quietly whisper,/When my heart wants to scream?").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second album April 6 2004
By Jake Z
Format:Audio CD
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 wait. Released in the fall of 1997, this album still gets quite a bit of airplay in my CD player. As a whole I think this album is a lot more darker than DUMMY. The music is mystical and dark, with Beth Gibbons emoted vocals, very layered. What's even more impressive about this album is the songwriting, which is stronger than on DUMMY. This isn't an album that sinks in right away, but with repeated listenings more is revealed in the intricate production. There are so many layers. Overall, it gets better with each listen, and overall a very unique and rewarding musical experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a trip. March 9 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
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 "Portishead". This is a bit darker, and there's no obvious stand-out tracks, but as a whole it's still very strong, and sets a nice mood. This is actually one of my favorites of the genre, along with "Mezzanine". "Beth Gibbons" continues to do an excellent job, and her voice really is a perfect match to the music. Overall, I'm not sure if I'd call it as good as "Dummy", but it's the next best thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mind melt Feb. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than dummy? no - but equal Jan. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
No, it isn't better than Dummy, but it is an equal achievement. This album is far, far darker and nastier than Dummy, as the staggering opening salvos of "Cowboys" and "All Mine" can attest. In spite of all the depression flung at you in Dummy, there was always a hopeful kind of feeling. There is absolutely no hope anywhere on this disc (except for possibly the last track). "Cowboys" is possibly the best song Portishead has ever written, and definitely one of their anthems.
1 Cowboys - Starts off with astoundingly echoed-out guitar, and goes from there into an extremely creepy and ugly "Twilight Zone" kind of vamp. Beth Gibbons' voice has been heavily bounced, and it makes her sound like a lounge singer on the world's worst hit of LSD. This is masterfully done.
2 All Mine - Worse and worse. Musically punchy, driven by loud horns, distorted guitar, and live drum and bass, but the lyrics are what make this song so incredibly unsettling. Gibbons has sketched out a narrative of a couple. One of the people involved has gone crashingly insane, and turns into a stalker. The stalker kidnaps his (or her) partner, ties them up, and that's how it stays "until the day I die", as Gibbons sings. Late night listening is not recommended.
3 Undenied - A soft and soothing keyboard drives this one, along with phased and looped drums. Almost like a lullaby, which is needed after "Cowboys" and "All Mine". But, rest assured, this doesn't last long. If this is already sounding like something that you wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot pole, then don't touch it. This album is not for everyone.
4 Half Day Closing - This is a truly cruel psychedelic rant against...what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets too Tortuous to Endure
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 more
Published on June 7 2004 by Baroness Von Grim
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Ass Album
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
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Shawn E. Couch
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting as a misty walk on a dark street-but you want to go
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 more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST trip hop
Don't listen to any of the other idiots giving less than 4 stars, this is what trip hop is about. Other than Massive Attack's Blue lines, no other trip hop album holds a candle to... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Eze T
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASITIC!!
This CD confirms for me that the 90s was probably the greatest decade for music in terms of freshness, creativity and just plain good music! I love this CD every bit as Dummy. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Should Be A Sound Track To A Horror Movie
I bought this because I really liked 'Solace' by Mandalay, and was led to believe that if I liked Mandalay, then I would like Portishead. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Rod Doe
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