Island is reissuing Portishead's seminal trip-hop album, 'Dummy'. Originally released in 1994, their first record is a collection of dark and sonorous electronic tunes inspired by rock music , jazz and hip-hop alike. 'Dummy' helped synthesize a new sound that became essential to the Bristol scene, coinciding with bands such as Massive Attack to put West Country trip-hop on the map. It also garnered a few hits, including "Numb".
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 March 2016
Truly a game changing record. 'Dummy' took the Bristol noir sound of Massive Attack to a new level which proved to be both inspirational and commercially successful. Beth Gibbons wracked vocals sit perfect over Geoff Barrow' loops and electronics and when you add in 60's spy film like guitar atmospherics you have a sound palette that is perfect for superbly constructed tracks like the unsurpassable 'Sour Times'. It's bleak and haunted but there are some lovely warm jazz vibes on 'It Could Be Sweet' and a few moments of drum and bass inflected electronica. Whatever Barrow is tinkering around with musically, Gibbons manages to weep gloriously over. Although it effectively invented 'trip hop' the record is varied and innovative enough to sound relatively fresh today.
10/10 Christia Portugal Customer review, 16th January 2015
This first Portishead album has the perfect combination of mellow and badass. The sound in this album is so flexible that I can listen to it if I'm feeling sad and down, or I can even punch my car's speakers and get in touch with my inner thug.
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