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Albums Turning Twenty XI: Portishead

- Saturday, September 30, 2017

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush

30 September: Portishead – Portishead

25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at Portishead, the wonderful self-titled second full length by English trip hop band Portishead…




    Portishead is undeniably beautiful. It is entrancing and encompassing. Beth Gibbons’s voice carries the listener through the depths of her turmoil and obsession. Behind her are the careful beats and perfect samples of Geoff Barrow, and the inescapably swaying bass lines and playful keys of Adrian Utley. Together, the three provide the perfect follow up to 1994’s Dummy. For me, this is the epitome of trip hop. Cowboys, All Mine, Undenied, Half Day Closing, Over, and so on — there is not a bad song on this album. I cannot even pick a favorite. Jazz, poetry, smokey nights in low lit obsession, life slowed down and grooved, and something abstract I just cannot pin down. Let it carry you around.

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