Portishead

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Portishead's debut album, Dummy, popularized trip-hop, making its slow, narcotic rhythms, hypnotic samples, and film noir production commonplace among sophisticated, self-consciously "mature" pop fans. The group recoiled from such widespread acclaim and influence, taking three years to deliver its eponymous second album. On the surface, Portishead isn't all that dissimilar from Dummy, but its haunting, foreboding sonic textures make it clear that the group isn't interested in the crossover success of such fellow travelers as Sneaker Pimps. Upon repeated plays, the subtle differences between the two albums become clear. Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Portishead's debut album, Dummy, popularized trip-hop, making its slow, narcotic rhythms, hypnotic samples, and film noir production commonplace among sophisticated, self-consciously "mature" pop fans. The group recoiled from such widespread acclaim and influence, taking three years to deliver its eponymous second album. On the surface, Portishead isn't all that dissimilar from Dummy, but its haunting, foreboding sonic textures make it clear that the group isn't interested in the crossover success of such fellow travelers as Sneaker Pimps. Upon repeated plays, the subtle differences between the two albums become clear. Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley recorded original music that they later sampled for the backing tracks on the album, giving the record a hazy, dreamlike quality that shares many of the same signatures of Dummy, but is darker and more adventurous. Beth Gibbons has taken the opportunity to play up her tortured diva role to the hilt, emoting wildly over the tracks. Her voice is electronically phased on most of the tracks, adding layers to the claustrophobic menace of the music. The sonics on Portishead would make it an impressive follow-up, but what seals its success is the remarkable songwriting. Throughout the album, the group crafts impeccable modern-day torch songs, from the frightening, repetitive "Cowboys" to the horn-punctuated "All Mine," which justify the detailed, engrossing production. The end result is an album that reveals more with each listen and becomes more captivating and haunting each time it's played.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/1997
  • Label: London / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453918924
  • Catalog Number: 539189
  • Sales rank: 6,677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cowboys (4:38)
  2. 2 All Mine (3:59)
  3. 3 Undenied (4:18)
  4. 4 Half Day Closing (3:49)
  5. 5 Over (4:00)
  6. 6 Humming (6:02)
  7. 7 Mourning Air (4:11)
  8. 8 Seven Months (4:15)
  9. 9 Only You (4:59)
  10. 10 Elysium (5:54)
  11. 11 Western Eyes (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Portishead Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Steve Cooper Violin
Clive Deamer Drums
Nick Ingman Conductor
Ken Thorne Sampling
Adrian Utley Bass, Guitar, Piano, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Geoff Barrow Drums
John Baggot Organ, Piano
John Cornick Trombone, Horn
A. Hague Horn
Hookers & Gin Sampling
S. Atkins Vocals
B. Waghorn Horn
Technical Credits
Portishead Producer
Nick Ingman Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Adrian Utley Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dave McDonald Producer, Engineer
Geoff Barrow Producer
Beth Gibbons Producer
Trevor Curwen Engineer
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  • Posted March 14, 2015

    One of the bests trip hop albums of all the time.

    One of the bests trip hop albums of all the time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stimulating...

    This is a great cd, of course no artist can compair to a first "hit" record, Dummy was just an orgazim to the ears, and this record is the mood building up to the climax... its will put together and Beth has a voise i could only drema to have... her sound and tone and lyrics are haunting... the first time i saw them was on SNL, i was hooked... it wont ever compair to Dummy... but it isnt a let down either.. 5 stars.. great music by a great band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Beautiful

    Just like their CD 'Dummy', this one offers the same amazing beats and rhythms. Beth Gibbons has a haunting voice that gives me chills. Check out 'All Mine' 'Only You' and 'Cowboys'...these are my favs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deliciously Dark

    I feel rather gauche and obscure admitting this, but I only happened upon Portishead a handful of months ago. I’m a dight promiscuous in the realm of music – I’m pretty much always up for something different and nothing is too clashing or contradistinct so as to elude me. Enter my fresh obsession with Portishead. .............. I’m deeply impressed – dark, melancholy, a shade morose and gloomy, but also poignantly soft, subtle and all around silky-sweet … almost, dare I say, delicate. I’ve heard tell of this album being described as exuding a mellow, yet piquantly moody, sci-fi aura. I couldn’t agree more – it bleeds eerie and alien black, a delish compliment to any morbid, macabre mind, but it also endears itself quite seductively to the hopeless romantic with a weeping, prettily polished forties feel. Or, at least that is the impression I’m under. ............... Beth is absolutely fabulous juxtaposed with the beautifully heady, brooding backdrop of crisp percussion, retro brass and writhing tempo. It isn’t often, unfortunately, that we are appreciated such an eloquence, and when we are, it leaves quite the imprint, don’t you know. It is uncanny how natural a match she is to this music. Sheer brilliance. ............... It is hard finding words befitting of this album. It is so many things, but one thing it is not is dull. It is bewitchingly intelligent and a salad bar for the emotions – it is utterly soul-shattering. It is a little more strange then you’re used to, but it is a good kind of strange … the kind of strange that leaves you dazed and breathless, curiously asking yourself, “where have I been?”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *TRIP HOP AT IT'S BEST*

    Their Trip hop sound and CRAZY beats mellow me out and pump me up at the same time. Deep dark lyrics .... veryy sexyyy....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Portishead at their best

    This band is by far the most diverse and also brilliant artists of the 90's. Their work is so different to anything else out there, every song has been written without any thought of what the critics would say. In my opinion their brilliance was also there downfall. This album will sooth your soul and mend your aching heart, one of the top 10 albums of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passion with inspiration

    Their alblum definately deserves all credit. With the dark, artistic lyrics and trip-hop sound they've become a ''music'' of their own. Shy of the media, they have and will, in the end, truly succede in changing inspiration as we know it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PORTISHEAD IS BRILLIANT

    THE PERFECT BLEND OF TRIP-HOP, LIVE INSTRUMENTS, AN ANGELIC VOICE AND A TRUE POETS LYRICS. THE RANGE OF BETH GIBBONS VOCALS IS AMAZING, FROM CHILD-LIKE SERENITY TO FEMALE ANGST AND HEARTACHE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their music is dark and elegant!

    Beth Gibbons has a voice that is soft yet enchanting. This group from England is nothing I have ever heard before, at first I wasn't sure about them. After listening to them for a while you begin to understand the deeper meanings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cozy , Suffocating , and Serene

    No one can deny Portishead their Glory. The songs on this album are the soundtrack's to the conclusion of one's suffering. It's best if you listen when the sun is going down outside in a park or on a deserted pathway. Also when a party has died down.

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