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Dummy

Portishead

1994

Dummy

Album Summary

Dummy is the debut studio album by English electronic music band Portishead, released on 22 August 1994 by Go! Beat Records.The album received critical acclaim and won the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. It is often credited with popularising the trip hop genre, and is frequently cited in lists of the best albums of the 1990s. Dummy was certified triple platinum in the UK in February 2019, and had sold 920,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of September 2020. Worldwide, the album had sold 3.6 million copies by 2008.

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Rating

3.66

Votes

5557

Genres

  • Electronica
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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Day 6 of Albums you must hear before you die.. I was initially disappointed because I looked at the name of the album and it says “Dummy” by Portishead... I thought, damn, what in the hell is a Portishead first and secondly, I thought, I wish it had been something I’m more familiar with. I look at the genre and it’s titled trip-hop, and although I don’t typically like the idea of “genres” when I listed I understood. Man... As soon as I clicked the play button on the first song, I was taken on a beautiful, sexy, smokey, spooky and one of the most sonically pleasing trips that I have ever been on.. Without tripping on acid, of course. (I’ve Never taken acid before by the way, I just could never find any). All jokes aside, this is one of those things that when I first start listening to it and start to let it sink in, I automatically want to know who in the hell produced this!? It’s AMAZING! It’s like 80’s and early 90’s hip-hop/boom bap music had a baby in a film with James Bond played by Isaac Hayes, directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s a cinematic experience that gives you chills. It’s also SO hip-hop that I almost expected Nasir or Andre 3000 to start spitting witty lyrics at certain parts of the songs. They are all crafted so well! All the samples, sound effects, record scratching, the soundtrack to this trip-hop era is so damned satisfying. The arrangements in these songs are so superbly laid out and even though the girl that seems like she’s singing in an old jazz club filled with cigarette smoke with the sweetest voice, that when certain hooks and bridges come in and out that you can only focus on the sounds. Dummy is so well produced, engineered, performed and presented on a platter of gold. Better yet, platinum. Actually four times platinum. Winner of some of the most prestigious awards in music. There’s a saying, you only need two turntables and a microphone, and that is TRUE! But.. If you’re in 1994 in England with access to so many great rhythm and blues albums and jazz records to dig through in the crates, and then be able to use the technology of the time to sample them, and THEN have the obscenely talented singer Beth Gibbons on that side of the fore mentioned microphone, crooning to the notes played from the weeping guitar of Adrian Utley.. Really, it’s a perfect blend of music that makes this album my favorite of them so far at day 6. It caught me by surprise.. Now to give you my favorite songs. I never wanted to skip a single song on all three listens that I had today. If you don’t like this album from the very start it’s not for you. Don’t like the first song? Listen to the very last one, Glory Box. It’s my favorite song and it samples black 007 Isaac Hayes (RIP KING) Now if you don’t like THAT song, we can’t be friends. CANNOT. I also like Mysterons, Numb.. Shit I like them all! I need someone to shame me for not knowing about this group for all these years!! Come at me bro! Last but not least, that producer that I wanted to know so much about, but still don’t because I just learned of Portishead (still a dumb name) yesterday, well, his name is Geoff Barrow, the DJ that you hear creating all these amazing backing tracks for this album that Beth could lyrically mold with her voice like creative hands molding wet clay. I don’t know shit about either of them as people and I want to keep it what way. I prefer the mystique I get from this record. What’s magic without mystery? Music is magic. I’m still excited to gush over some of the great music that I already know so well, after this album, a record that will stay in my rotation from here on out. I’m more excited for the rest of the 1001 albums to hear before you die that I don’t know at all. ✌️

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

J'ai appris grâce à cet album que je n'aimais pas du tout le trip-hop, ce genre musical ayant émergé au début des années 1990, dans la région de Bristol. Pourtant, vous savez probablement que lors d'une kermesse s'étant tenue dans mon école primaire en 2005, j'avais représenté la ville de Bristol à la toute fin du passage de ma classe avec deux amis moins talentueux. Nous étions le clou du spectacle. À la fin du numéro, j'étais censé déchirer mon T-Shirt noir préalablement découpé et maladroitement scotché à cet effet et le lancer dans la foule. Seulement au moment où la musique s'arrêta, le T-Shirt ne se déchira pas malgré mes nombreuses tentatives. Je dus l'enlever de la façon la plus standard qui soit, avant de le jeter dans une foule qui criait au scandale. Depuis ce jour, je hais la ville de Bristol ainsi que la plupart des courants musicaux qui y ont émergé.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Great album. Beth Gibbon's voice is sublime.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

There's not much else out there that sounds like Portishead. I come back to this album all of the time and never seem to get tired of it. Plus, how is it possible that Portishead was never used for a Bond movie??

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Can't recall too many households in the late 90s that didn't have a copy of this album in them. I mean, there's a reason why Glory Box was a smash. Whole album is so classy. Impeccable production. Beth Gibbons (whom I confused with Beth Orton) being a total weapon also helps.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not as good as the later album but still impressive.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

This is what music is supposed to be. Beautifully composed, edited and sung. I can see how this was the springboard for trip-hop and I thoroughly enjoyed the sampling. Overall, this is nearly a perfect album.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Classic alert! They have a pretty unique sound as a band, only problem I have with them is they never really stray from this sound. IMO this is the only portishead album you really need to listen to, the others all sound the same but worse

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Mon May 17 2021
5

a masterpiece. easily in my top ten albums of all time i listen to this album as uch as any other album i can think of.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

This album is SO good! This is the first album I got to the end and immediately started listening from the beginning again. I’ve never actually listened to Portishead, so this is a revelation. Her voice, the ambience, the emotion, it’s all so good. Favourite track: “It’s a Fire.”

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Wandering Star is the first song by Portishead I listened to and the song that hooked me. Listening to this album took me back and reminded me what I was so into their sound.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Dark, moody, understated. Lovingly arranged, wonderful restrain. Just enough negative space to allow songs to breathe. This album has outsized influence on 90s downbeat sound. If there's one criticism it's that incorporating the scratching record sounds definitely dates the record.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Like someone put 90's hip-hop and alt-rock into a blender. The gloomy mood makes it perfect rainy day music but the record scratches and samples keep the music from becoming too downbeat or melancholy. It’s a cool, druggy vibe. Favorite tracks: “Sour Times” (one of those songs I didn’t even know that I knew until it came on), “It Could Be Sweet” (that bass line!) and “Wandering Star” (love the record scratches and background layers).

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Mon Nov 16 2020
5

90's mellow

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Wed Sep 16 2020
5

i love this album!

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

Fuck yeah, this is one of my fav albums

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

amazing i love triphop also ps my mom says that this album sounds like james bond :)

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Great classic

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Incredible debut album. Glory Box is sublime

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Aye, that's a banger.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Never listened to the full album before and thats a shame because its awesome!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Duh

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Casi podría decir que está en mi top 3. Puto discazo de la puta madre. Roads a todo volumen con unos audifonos de medio pelo es la puta mamada, el bajito del final tururu rurururu tururú putamadre :')

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Fanatastic.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

This was so great! A mix of new age and 80s-90s techno sprinkled in.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Haunting and beautiful. Another one I knew quite well before this project

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

liked it. pornographic vibes

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

There is zero (0) chance that I'll be objective reviewing this. Looooved this album during my uni days, and have loved Portishead ever since. Such a moody, smokey sound. Fave track - "Glory Box" maybe? Could easily be any of 5 or 6 others though...

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Is this Portishead?

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

un tremendo 5 le doy a este trio ingles. 1.música catalogada como trip-hop que es perfecta para andar echando el toque diría facebook. 2.como esta madre no me dio álbum para el fin aproveche para escuchar sus otros 2 y también están bien sensuales. El segundo es mas lento estilo cabaret moderno y el tercero ya es otro trip de sonidos maravilloso. saludos jovenazos buen lunes inicio de semanita

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Good album!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

“It Could Be Sweet” is Ape Escape core

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Nice music

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

The best!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

similar to grimes, crystal castles, the xx and metric

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Yeah a great album, best Portishead Album (not that I have listened to many) but this one I know very well

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

5 or be exiled for crimes against Bristol!!

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

С первого трека же зацепил. Не знаю, может внутри своего поджанра (как его наречь там, трип-хоп) звук весьма обыденный, но на незамыленное ухо звучит отлично. Минималистичные, но оригинальные и аранжировки вступают в идеальный синтез с мелодичными, звонкими, во некотором образе прогрессивными вокальными партиями. Интересный подбор инструментов, при этом все на своих местах. Лучшее применение скрэтчинга, что я слышал когда-либо (если это вообще он). Доминанта эстетики – это женский вокал. Без него бы вышло мало чего, а без всего остального что-то бы, да вышло. Мотив куплетов Sour Times напоминает Scissorlips у Rishloo. В Strangers появляется какой-то душный аккомпанемент. It Could Be Sweet довольно скучная, даже по вокальной партии. Возможно, будь короче, не успевала бы надоесть. Далее идут крепкие, порой очень годные треки. Biscuit под конец снова немного душит. А Glory Box – охуенный, балджёный трек. Думаю, три проходных трека можно простить, особенно когда перевешиваются лютой годнотой. Думаю, вернусь к исполнителю. Хотя и не могу запомнить название. Ещё участники говорят, мол их творчество «не поддаётся категоризации», такие вскукареки тоже не одобряем. Но альбом хороший.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

loved it! had no idea it existed so Im very happy.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Einfach großartiger Klassiker.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

De los mejores albumes de trip hop de la historia

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

nice easy listening, really liked the xx themese to this, on my list of good albumn

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

4.5

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Top notch Portishead

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

This is an amazing album. I remember when it came out, it absolutely blew me away. It was so unique, it defied categorization. 5 stars.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

I tried to listen to this with a critical ear, as it is one of my 'go-to' albums when I want something calming but not wishy-washy to listen to, but I couldn't. I love it too much to allow myself to associate any shortcomings with it!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

VIBES

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Classic and amazing album, great starting point.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Mellow

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Solid gold

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Classical trip-hop album. Perfect lo-fi samples and like slow motion sound. Like it so much.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Absolutely beautiful, great production, vibes.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Timeless, popular for good reason. Every song is a different flavor of their alluring, melancholic sound.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Gives me goosebumps in the best possible way. A perfect northern-hemisphere October listen.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Trip Hoptastic! Still a regular on my playlist to revitalise my hazy 90s memories.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

One of the best.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

This is truly one of the greats. I remember the first time I heard it.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Trip Hop is one of my favorite genres and this is a great album.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

love the way it feels throughout the whole album !! 10/10

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Know it well!

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

This has always been the defining trip hop album to me, though I may be slightly biased, because the 1st streaming service I ever listened to in the 90s had a chill channel that may as well have been called the Portishead channel. The production is elegant and creative (some of the samples are way out there), they never stray too far from their moody, haunting sound, but the song writing is great so they don’t need to, and I never tire of Beth Gibbon's voice.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Lovely album!

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Another album I really should have already listened to but just haven't Not too far removed from a lot of the lo-fi stuff I seem to end up listening to these days while working Glory Box was already in a few playlists, but have added album to collection Stand out track: Sour Times

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Love it, one of my favorite from college

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Por favor activen el 6 como puntuación, por que un 5 es poco para este disco. Increíble de arriba a abajo. Todas y cada una de las canciones me parecen buenas y el conjunto aún mejor.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

😵‍💫

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Cool synth pop album!

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Love

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

The beginning of something great. Not only that, but haunting vocals that really accompany the melody quite well.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

I love trip hop, and this is the grandaddy of all trip hop albums. Great vocals, even better sampling and sound design, just a masterpiece.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Great music

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

This isn't quite tailor-made for me, but it's in an intimate class of albums produced with absolute mastery of the sampling and composition skillsets. The atmosphere Portishead conjures is pervasive, but there are clear bits and pieces to love. Give it two tracks: That's what it took for me, and Mysterons had me considering that the hype was entirely misplaced.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Impossiblycool used to play it in the kitchen I worked in and everyone hated it which made me love it more. Great to hear it again back to a time and place.....

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Incredible. One of my favorite albums on the list so far. Way ahead of their time.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Welcome to trip-hop. I think you can have sex to any of these songs to be honest. Already know this one very well, I like almost every song on it. Definitely a Portishead fan, the way they can weave a seductively dark vibe is top. Beth is a great singer as well and I love her vocal style. I came to this pretty late unfortunately, didn't hear it until my mid 20s, but I probably wouldn't have liked it as a teenager unfortunately. Only track that isn't as good as the rest is "It's A Fire", apparently it wasn't on the original UK release and I see why, not bad just not in the same caliber. Hard to pick a favorite track, but it might be Wandering Star. I really like Mysterons, It Could Be Sweet, Roads, Glory Box as well. Overall, Dummy may still be their best work.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Absolutely iconic. I love that, in addition to some crate digging, they recorded their own music to sample and loop. Just brilliant. I'm a sucker for the downtempo beats and the general moodiness.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Love everything about this album

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

I've played this album till it was worn and grey back in the 90's. Trip Hop at its finest. There's not a bad song on this album.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Maravilloso

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

It’s always amazing to here such a vibe, consistent throughout a piece of work like this, that encapsulates an entire time period and genre.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

An album that hasn’t aged a bit since its release! A true classic!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I remember hearing Sour Times for the first time. Nothing sounded like this then. Nothing sounds like it now. I've never listened to this whole album and I was missing out. btw Wandering Star is amazing, had to listen to it twice in a row.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Love this album

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

This album had an otherworldly sound when I first heard it. Upon listening again, it didn't awe me to the extent it did the first time in 1994, but it holds up really well and remains a great top-to-bottom album. I actually never thought they matched it with subsequent releases, (admittedly they didn't want to be pigeon-holed) but they really brought trip-hop to prominence along with Massive Attack.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

This band was starting out in Bristol (England) while I was at university there. But somehow I didn’t hear about them until after I had left, some time shortly after this album came out. This, plus massive attack became my staple and around that time and I still listen to this music. Great, innovative, original band. Love it.!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

A wonderful album.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Of course, Its a defining album of our generation

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Outstanding

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Neither heard, nor heard of, Portishead until it popped up here. Really, really enjoyed it. Melodic & lyrically (& trip hoppy...). Added all three albums to collection.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

masterpiece

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Great cool 90s techno/ambient tunes. One of my all-time favorite background music albums

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

🔥

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

One of the greatest.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Brilliant album. Hauntingly atmospheric and truly unique. Easy five stars but…. ….I couldn’t really tell you what any of the songs go like.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Game-changer. Had never heard anything like this when it first came out. The musical equivalent of what I imagine drinking too much cough syrup feels like. Puts the "trip" in trip-hop. Haunting and sad but also sexy AF.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Классный альбом. Качает шикарно. Люблю рэперские штучки, типа виниловых закручиваний. Офигенно. И девушка поёт здорово.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

I love this album. Perfectly sad and awesome at the same time

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

One of my all time favorites. Album generator really hitting me with peaks and valleys. Genius album here. Music, mood, lyrics. Perfect.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

In my opinion, this album is the very definition of trip hop. I love the noir atmosphere that this album gives, I love Beth Gibbons's hypnotic vocals, I love the texture of the drums and the guitars and the beats, it's just a perfect album for me through and through.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

classique

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Excellent album, définitivement à réécouter. Nice vibe smooth, très sensuel mais dark à la fois. Je comprends pourquoi c'est un critical acclaim

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Fri May 27 2022
5

9.5/10

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I could listen to this album everyday. This puts in in this super chill mood and every track is magical.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Wow, loved the lofi jazz feel here. You can see this band influenced phantogram a lot which is one of my faves.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Aiiiiiii, dakle ovo je vrh trip-hopa, ako nikad ovaj album nisi slušao u mračnoj atmosferi...ne znam šta čekaš? Ili onako općenito...Toliko dobrih, odličnih stvari, iako mnogim ljudima nije u top 3 ma skoro ni u top 5 sa albuma, meni je It Could Be Sweet najdražće. Nije mi savršen album, ne mog reć, ali je blizu i stoga ovoliko zvjezdica.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

I heard this album before and I really like Portishead exectly. I like how everyday sounds integrate into music and make beautiful album. 5\5

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

A solid gold epic of an album

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

If this is electronic music, then I guess I'm starting to admire it. Portishead is definitely tops in this genre. What makes it great is the combination of electronic beats and authentic instrumentation. Plus the lead vocals are haunting and captivating. Sour Times is my jam, but Glory Box is permanently in the rotation now!

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

+++

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Really enjoyed the mellow vibes

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Easy.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

This album is no1 in my list.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

amazing best ever

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Great sound

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

I did a list of my top 10 albums of all time. This was not on it. What an oversight. Dummy has always taken me somewhere special. I think it always will.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

28 years later and this album still holds up. Fantastically atmospheric and moody, with an ever present throbbing running through the whole album. 90s electronica is such a fantastic treasure trove

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Cities have this ever present dull roar. After having always lived in the country or the suburbs, I remember my first few nights living in an apartment in the city. Getting used to that roar took some time. The city is a living thing. So many people and vehicles and things going on. And yet among it all its easy to feel isolated and alienated from it. People people everywhere, but no one to connect to. This album has an ever present bass and sub bass component. That dull roar*. On top of it, the mid range and high end are very sparsely populated. Anything that lives in that space is delicate and vulnerable. The vocalist isn't singing along to chords. There is no accompaniment. The vocals stand completely on their own. And it really sells the feeling of loneliness, the kind of loneliness borne of a desire to make new connections, and the creeping doubt as to whether that's even possible anymore. The sense conveyed is that I used to have relationships, and I used to understand my surroundings, and it used to be so easy to make friends. The nostalgic elements to the music sell this too. The dirty vinyl sounds, the cimbalom, the theramin, all evoke the past. While the delicate vocals represent the present. Why can't it be easy like it used to be? I'm surrounded by all these people. Is something wrong with me? Or is something wrong with everything else? How can it feel, this wrong From this moment How can it feel, this wrong 'Cause a child, roses light Tried to reveal, what I could feel I can't understand myself Anymore 'Cause, I'm still feelin' lonely Feelin' so unholy Who am I, what and why 'Cause all I have left is my memories of yesterday Oh these sour times 'Cause nobody loves me, it's true Not like you do I don't believe its sad or mournful. This isn't a funeral. It hasn't given up. Not yet. There's just this desire for something, and the question as to whether its even a valid desire anymore. "Did you really want?" On the path toward alienation, but not quite there yet. "Give me a reason to love you." Prove my desires are worth having. Please. Because I've about given up on them. * I just wanted to point out how much the bass of Wandering Star sounds just like distant air brakes from a truck, something you'd hear lying in your bed in the city, but I have no idea how to fit it in.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Now we're cooking. Quite simply one of the greatest albums ever produced. Transports you to another world and leaves you there. Totally unique when it was released (was it really that long ago?) I have never stopped playing this album. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Awesome album, perfect late-night listening!

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Well it's just lovely. Unlike everything since, it has a grounding in old soul melody, which gives everything a wintry pop feel. It's gorgeous. Don't get me wrong, it's still very depressing in all the best ways. It's just misery you can sing along to - something which, despite two more great albums, they never achieve again. The best tracks are the obvious ones (Numb, Sour Times, Glory Box) but everything in between is solid too. Lovely broken beats, swooping orchestras and gorgeous vocals.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Very good

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Cool.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Loved it, great to hear it again

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Cheating a bit by saying I have this one, as what I own is actually the Live at Rosemount (?) recording. One of the few live albums that I love, and might even be better than this one, from what I hear. Regardless, phenomenal vocal performance and hypnotic bass beats make Portishead un incontournable du movement and an instant time machine to adolescence. I HAVE THIS ON VINYL!

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Like it. Always liked Portishead

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Seminal trip hop album. Bought it not really knowing what to expect and what a pleasant surprise it was!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

issa mastahpeez

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

How have I never heard this before? It's great. Very atmospheric. I really like it.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Great album. Perfect from beginning to end.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Great mellow album

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Brilliant from start to finish. What an incredible atmosphere the band creates…

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Oh, este disco es una maravilla. 10/10. 5 estrellas. Un 7.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

I'm not sure which I love the most here - the sparse, atmospheric beats, or Beth Gibbons' haunted vocals. I could listen t both in isolation; put them together and you have a really, really great album. It sounds like autumn with the swirling moog building up in the background. One of the great debuts.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

One of THE great albums. Loved it at the time and I still love it now,. The voice, the sparse arrangements, the mood. There is a lot in here, from the heavy dub of Numb to the lounge stylings of It Could Be Sweet, but it is all so well put together, and no element overstays its welcome to keep the listener on their toes. Wonderful.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

They hit something pretty special with this one.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Love this album. Sultry, moody music that makes me feel like I’m sitting in the corner booth in a darkened bar with live music playing and dim lighting reflecting off of dark red curtains hung around the bar.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

The album that got me into Trip Hop. A sublime, complex, chilled out collection of atmospheric songs with haunting vocals Stand out tracks - Mysterons - Sour Times - Roads - Glory Box

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Banger

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Stórkostleg plata, mikil mystique, seiðandi rödd, nostalgía.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Ethereal, driving, brilliant, haunting.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

I love it. This album is a Gem!!

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

This album holds a special place in my heart, and I'm immediately transported back to 16 years old and all the yearning and heart aches of that time. I could basically list the whole album as standout tracks, but I'm going to restrain myself: - Mysterons - Glory Box - Roads Honestly I don't think this sounds aged at all...or maybe it because Bristol bands are reigniting these sounds at the moment as part of the 90's and Y2K revival. either way, I'M HERE FOR IT.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Wonderfully evocative album. Reminiscent of after club "back to mine's" in the early to mid 90s. Absolute classic.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

One of the best albums of the 90s for me. Relentlessly brilliant track after track and sounds like it could have been made now.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Sublime. Must check out Beak> properly.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

This album took a while to grow on me honestly, but now I can't imagine why there was any reason I had mixed feelings. It's a bit depressing, but those beats just freakin' KICK. And great lyrics. Yup, love this one.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Love this album. Such a great sound and atmosphere to this album up there with my all time’s favourites. Absolute masterpiece up there with the greatest debut albums.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

One of the 50 most beautiful albums ever and absolutely the best trip hop record of all time (this is not an opinion). Such a wonderful experience!

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Stand-outs: "It's A Fire," "Roads"

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

I remember getting "Three" a while back and being kind of "meh" about it. I enjoyed this record quite a bit more. Reminds me of being in a smoky, sophisticated cocktail bar while a singer in a gorgeous dress preforms. Favorite tracks: "Strangers", "Wandering Star"

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

nice chill a bit depressing

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

enjoyable, didn't finish

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

classic

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

I've heard this a bit before. This one is interesting, because I'm fairly certain I LimeWired just the song Pedestal by Portishead; don't know what led me to do that, but that song in particular is very stirring to me. I'll give 4 stars, this one's a fun listen.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Incredible and moody.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

I love this album Holds up great some 30 years later too! Want to give it a five since it’s not a 4 but it’s not gonna be my first 5 Wish there was a 4.5 rating

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Real spooky, perfect for an overcast and moody Friday. Very mysterious. Deep down dark almost on the 90s rave spectrum somewhere but not really. Would need several listens to get the full experience, headphones are a must.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Held up quite well. I remembered this, but was never into it deeply. It’s worth going back to revisit.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Muy buen disco, fácil cuatro excelentes rolas que sigo escuchando hasta la fecha.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Wow couldn’t believe how much I liked this album. Beats were great and I could hear where a lot of artists sampled their work from.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Chillwave. Electronic but relaxed. Some songs remind me of the relaxing songs in Baby Driver. I looked and found that BOGA is who is in Baby Driver but they credit Portishead as starting the genre.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album! the lead singer's voice kind of has this breathy, Billie Holiday feel to it, and the music itself is damn good! well worth a few listen-to's, "Strangers" is definitely the best song on the album

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Ну мне нравится это альбом и я его только недавно переслушивал, ближе к 5

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Genial, pero plano.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

exquisito...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Finally a female vocalist! Though I'm not super blown away by this album. I've heard of the band before but not specifically listened to them. Because I heard the Sneaker Pimps first that's all I can think of when I listen to the album.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

buh

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

A nice album to relax and innovative for its time

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Classic!

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Toffe muziek, genre kende ik nog niet en is heel eigen. Het nummer Glory Box komt me heel bekend voor en is echt tof.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Chill beats

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Wed May 05 2021
4

4/5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

easy on the ears, nice album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Always liked it, not quite in the right mood yesterday.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I do remember listening to this album and a few songs in particular in the past, but it's not the sort of thing I would usually listen to. Really enjoyed the journey this time around though. Needs a certain mood I think, as with most music I suppose. Weird "spacey" kind of vibes, as expected. Very impessive production. Strangers was my standout despite the obvious big hitters on here. Though lots of interesting tracks with cool little interludes and different instruments coming in. It's a Fire and Roads are both lovely.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

The classics you all remember, and some other whispering moody vocals with sample-able groovy backing

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Mon May 17 2021
4

☠💌🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🦐

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

yay

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Great album as good as i remember it

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

4.5/5 very good album, kudos!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

More Soul and R&B influenced than I thought. Good, mellow trip-hop. Absolutely need to listen to this again, just not on a Monday. Direct link b/w this and burial

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

ну кстати самая годнота из пока что представленного чилла. томное настроение, интересные партии голоса, атмосферные мелодии. работа со звуком опять же. не заметил, как прозалипал весь день на повторе за работой. приятно, 8/10

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Rainy Sunday mood music <3

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

nice

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Me gusto mucho voz y sonido

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Had some absolute bangers in them

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Roads 👍

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Pretty 50/50 mix on mood; but, generally this album's good for a good cry. I skipped a few songs but also favorited a few. Great use of minimalism and sparse songwriting. Could be a David Lynch soundtrack.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Beautiful vocals carry intense emotions throughout the whole album. A bit slow for my tastes but I enjoyed it all.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Fantastic album, some real highlights and well know "hits" deffo have to be in a certain mood to listen to this but we'll worth it

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Fri May 07 2021
4

so about this album, def a nice one, roads is my favourite song of the album (and the one I already new), 2nd favourite is the first song (Mysterons). I do think the album got a bit same-y after a while (and most of their best songs are on another album imo)

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Pretty cool. Nice beats, sounds brand new. It could be sweet was fav

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Fri May 14 2021
4

ta golfo muy de xill

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

I knew and really liked some of the songs, others were a little whiny but not bad

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Much better than the previous Portishead album I had reviewers! Cool spy movie soundtrack vibes mixed with electronica hip hop jazz.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

J'ai adoré cet album, pas trop le temps de commenter en ce moment, ne m'en tenez pas rigueur, les Jeux Olympiques sont extremement intenses en ce moment, et j'ai egalement besoin de prendre un peu mes distances avec rob pour reevaluer notre relation.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Cool electronic music!

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

chill and funky.

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