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Portishead's debut isn't just one of the best albums to rise from the short-lived trip-hop movement—it's one of the best albums of the '90s, period. Combining languid breakbeats and haunting synths, the album is a downtempo spy novel, evoking dark alleys, loaded glances and sinister undercurrents. Beth Gibbons sings like a caged bird, resilient yet full of sorrow, and partner-in-crime Geoff Barrow builds beats like a cinematographer composes a frame, deftly balancing light and shadow. This thing will give you chills.

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Landmark of the 90s

Portishead's Dummy is part of my personal soundtrack to the 90s. At times cold and bleak and other times beautifully warm, even funny. Beth Gibbons vocals are amazing and she continues to amaze me over ten years later. The feel is rich and dark and it hasn't dated a bit. This is an album I will listen to for the rest of my life and you probably will too.

Beautiful

Such a good album. Sets a good mood

Love love love

I have a lot of very good memories to this album. Very sensual

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Bristol, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Portishead may not have invented trip-hop, but they were among the first to popularize it, particularly in America. Taking their cue from the slow, elastic beats that dominated Massive Attack's Blue Lines and adding elements of cool jazz, acid house, and soundtrack music, Portishead created an atmospheric, alluringly dark sound. The group wasn't as avant-garde as Tricky, nor as tied to dance traditions as Massive Attack; instead, it wrote evocative pseudo-cabaret pop songs that subverted their conventional...
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