Dummy

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Portishead's album debut is a brilliant, surprisingly natural synthesis of claustrophobic spy soundtracks, dark breakbeats inspired by frontman Geoff Barrow's love of hip-hop, and a vocalist Beth Gibbons in the classic confessional singer/songwriter mold. Beginning with the otherworldly theremin and martial beats of "Mysterons," Dummy hits an early high with "Sour Times," a post-modern torch song driven by a Lalo Schifrin sample. The chilling atmospheres conjured by Adrian Utley's excellent guitar work and Barrow's turntables and keyboards prove the perfect foil for Gibbons, who balances sultriness and melancholia in equal measure. Occasionally reminiscent of a torchier ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Portishead's album debut is a brilliant, surprisingly natural synthesis of claustrophobic spy soundtracks, dark breakbeats inspired by frontman Geoff Barrow's love of hip-hop, and a vocalist Beth Gibbons in the classic confessional singer/songwriter mold. Beginning with the otherworldly theremin and martial beats of "Mysterons," Dummy hits an early high with "Sour Times," a post-modern torch song driven by a Lalo Schifrin sample. The chilling atmospheres conjured by Adrian Utley's excellent guitar work and Barrow's turntables and keyboards prove the perfect foil for Gibbons, who balances sultriness and melancholia in equal measure. Occasionally reminiscent of a torchier version of Sade, Gibbons provides a clear focus for these songs, with Barrow and company behind her laying down one of the best full-length productions ever heard in the dance world. Where previous acts like Massive Attack had attracted dance heads in the main, Portishead crossed over to an American, alternative audience, connecting with the legion of angst-ridden indie fans as well. Better than any album before it, Dummy merged the pinpoint-precise productions of the dance world with pop hallmarks like great songwriting and excellent vocal performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282855329
  • Catalog Number: 828553
  • Sales rank: 12,112

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mysterons (5:02)
  2. 2 Sour Times (4:11)
  3. 3 Strangers (3:55)
  4. 4 It Could Be Sweet (4:16)
  5. 5 Wandering Star (4:51)
  6. 6 It's a Fire (3:48)
  7. 7 Numb (3:54)
  8. 8 Roads (5:02)
  9. 9 Pedestal (3:39)
  10. 10 Biscuit (5:01)
  11. 11 Glory Box (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Portishead Primary Artist, Group
Clive Deamer Drums
Andy Hague Trumpet
Adrian Utley Bass, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Theremin
Dave McDonald nose flute
Gary Baldwin Hammond Organ
Geoff Barrow Drums, fender rhodes
Beth Gibbons Vocals
Neil Solman Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Portishead Producer
Richard Newell Programming, drum programming
Adrian Utley Composer, Producer
Dave McDonald Engineer
Geoff Barrow Programming
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Quite a good album.

    This album is very unique and very mysterious. It seems dark but fun at the same time. It's weird. Standout tracks for me are; "Mysterons," "Sour Times," "Roads," and "Glory Box." There were only two tracks that i didn't particularly care for, which were; "It's A Fire" and "Numb."

    Track by Track Rating:

    Mysterons - 5/5
    Sour Times - 5/5
    Strangers - 4/5
    It Could Be Sweet - 4/5
    Wandering Star - 5/5
    It's A Fire - 2/5
    Numb - 3/5
    Roads - 5/5
    Pedestal - 4/5
    Biscuit - 4/5
    Glory Box - 5/5

    Overall - 4/5

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Boooooooo to B&N on Shipping

    I ordered 5 CDs from BN, which were supposed to be shipped and delivered via express mail. I was told Friday, at the latest. Next thing you know, it took an EXTRA WEEK!!!
    The CD itself was, as I had expected, GREAT. But I will NEVER purchase anything from BN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...

    This is an AMAZING album! Beth gibbons (vocals) has the most amazing voice that is captivating, haunting, sad,and so much more to the person listening. I love this CD and definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    Absolutely amazing. Hard to stop listening to. Love it. It's sexy, beautiful, serious. The album is almost overwhelming. The vocals are haunting and hypnotic; the music draws you in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who's The Dumb One?

    Provacative and dark, Portishead has always been a group to be thinking in mechanics that always move forward. This is some of the most innovative trip-hop around, not to mention dark. Drenched in emotions and pain, "Dummy" is everything but dumb: intelligent, thought provoking and futuristic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible

    heavy spy beats, beautiful vocals, great songwriting, and incredible guitar work all combine for the best trip hop album ever and one of the best ever in any genre. Ambient, heavy, soft, beautiful, disturbing- all in one cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This is one of those Cd's that you could just listen to no matter what mood you're in and you just feel great when it's over..Are you tired of cd's that have one or two good tracks?..this one is great from start to finish..Beth Gibbons has the voice of an angel..she really takes my breath away...you know music is good when it gives you goosebumps... :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What More Could You Ask For?

    Portishead is music for every mood. It is sexy, soothing, melancholy, & beautiful all at the same time. Put it on & enjoy the trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    This album is absolutely the best. I can listen to the entire cd over and over and I will never get tired of it. It's just so absolutely brilliant that everyone should go out and get a copy because it will definitely raise your standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So delicate and beautiful..

    It feels so good to listen to it when you feel like to be soothed...Her voice is so charming and kind of warm...It is one of the best album i've ever heard..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Habit Forming!!!!!!

    This CD was given to me as a birthday gift. It has started a new music revelation for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    One of the best cds out there. Beth's range is truly astounding. Trip-Hop at its best!! No doubt a classic!

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