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Portugal. The Man has dabbled in everything from to art-rock to indie sounds and even classic rock and soul. On its third full-length, the band explores that last genre a bit deeper, this time coloring it with unabashedly psychedelic hues. The Portland, Ore.–based band (by way of Wasilla, Alaska) seems right at home here, due mostly to John Baldwin Gourley’s incredible falsetto, morphing chameleon-like from one style to another. He has no trouble grooving like a '70s soul diva on tracks like “Salt” or on “And I,” where he starts like a somber and passionate John Lennon and ends with layers of piano, guitar, crashing cymbals, and strings pushing his spine-tingling voice to the rafters. “Never Pleased” opens with towering layers of organs and guitars—like a ’70s rock opera—and picks up steam until Gourley’s pleading vocals fade into buzzing violins (which stealthily creep into the urgent freak-out of “Sit Back and Dream”). “1989” bends synth warbles, weepy strings, and Gourley’s supple voice into a dramatic overture. The stellar first two tracks burn through several genres in eight minutes flat, with “Lay Me Back Down” being worth the admission alone.

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My Favorite Portugal. the Man album

My first experience with Portugal. the Man was their new album "In the Mountain in the Cloud", which I love, but it wasn't until listening to "Censored Colors" that I realized just how much I really dig these guys. John Gourley's wails on "Never Pleased" and his soft tone on "Created" show his range of talent off wonderfully. Listen to the album straight through, as the songs tend to flow into each other. The songs are both relaxing and exciting, lyrics both fun and thoughtful. Real highlights are "Salt" and "Never Pleased". If you're into Portugal. the Man or sort of groovy progressive rock in general, check out this album, I don't think you'll regret it.

Beautiful

This is probably their best work. Portugal. The Man have finely executed the Kid-Aesque effect of making the albums flow from song to song. This technique is essential in actually engaging the listener and making them want to listen to it as a whole.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Wasilla, AK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone — co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man (yes, there's a period in the middle of their name) grew out of the ashes of Anatomy of a Ghost, a post-hardcore band whose vocalist and guitarist — Gourley and Zach Carothers, respectively — opted to continue working together. Rounding out the new band's...
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