Monday, June 10, 2013

"Dummy" (CD)

Perhaps the greatest ambassador of the trip-hop genre, the UK trio Portishead released this album in 1994 and achieved a critical and commercial success despite their reluctance to do high-profile press.

Deep, groovy, looped beats form the foundation for Beth Gibbons' vocals who uses lyrics that are sometimes to the point, and some times flit effortlessly towards nowhere at all.

The trio's unpredictable work tempo has helped to develop a cult fan base that would cling on from 1994 until their third album's release in 2008.   If most bands tried to release an album every eleven years, their efforts would be rewarded with a dismal thud.  Portishead is one of those lucky few.

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