Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Portishead - 1994 - Dummy



I already uploaded the second, eponymous album, so I thought I'd upload the first, as its amazing also.

From this website:

"Much like Loveless is the ultimate "dreampop" album and Slanted And Enchanted is the quintessential lo-fi indie rock album, Dummy still stands as the definitive “trip-hop” album, a Bristol-based style that was first introduced on Massive Attack's Blue Lines and which gained further popularity and credibility with Tricky’s excellent Maxinquaye. Geoff Barrow is Portishead’s musical mastermind, a studio/sampling wizard who deftly and ingeniously mixes together what sounds like strange spy film effects with spare hip-hop beats, Ennio Morricone-styled Spaghetti western guitar (supplied by Adrian Utley), haunting Hammond organ, and silken string arrangements. The end result is a film noir-ish atmosphere that brings to mind cold, dimly lit lounges filled with smoke and broken dreams. Siren Beth Gibbons lends her tattered voice to these eleven moving songs (including the minor hit “Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)”), and her edgy, eerie vocals are up front and center in leading the band's delectably depressing soundscapes. Quite simply, Ms. Gibbons sounds like the saddest girl in the whole wide world, and believable lines like “nobody loves me…” and “this loneliness just won’t leave me alone” attest to her shattered worldview. Most of these languidly paced songs share a similarly shadowy vibe and contain surprisingly catchy grooves, as Portishead create dark nights of the soul where romance and lady luck have turned irredeemably sour (“Sour Times,” indeed). In addition to some highly original songs, only a couple of which fail to impress, the intentionally scratchy sound (giving the impression of a record rather than a compact disc) was a brilliant production masterstroke that made this album a one of a kind experience - at least until Portishead, that is. “Mysterons,” “Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me),” “It Could Be Sweet,” “It’s a Fire,” “Roads,” and “Glory Box” are the highlights, but to pluck individual songs from such a self-contained package is to miss the point. Once experienced in its entirety, the dramatic sound world introduced on Dummy is impossible to forget."