Portamento (album)

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Portamento
Studio album by The Drums
Released September 2, 2011 (2011-09-02)
Recorded New York
Genre Indie pop, new wave, post-punk revival
Length 45:17
Label Moshi Moshi / Island
The Drums chronology
The Drums
(2010)
Portamento
(2011)
Singles from Portamento
  1. "Money"
    Released: August 19, 2011
  2. "How It Ended"
    Released: October 3, 2011
  3. "Days"
    Released: February 27, 2012

Portamento is the second studio album by American indie pop band The Drums. The album was released in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2011 through Moshi Moshi and Island Records and was preceded by the release of lead single "Money" on August 19.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
The Independent 2/5 stars[3]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[4]
NME 7/10[5]
The Observer 2/5 stars[6]
The Phoenix 2.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork 7.4/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
Slant 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10 stars[11]

Portamento received generally favorable reviews, with review aggregator Metacritic assigning an average critic score of 64 out of 100, based on 22 reviews.[12] Helen Clarke of musicOMH gave the album four out of five stars, saying, "With their second album The Drums are more absorbing than ever, and have created a record that will last far longer than their first."[13] Mike Williams of NME wrote, "With a little more self-censorship and less browbeating we'd be looking at one of the albums of the year," awarding the record 7/10.[14]

Singles[edit]

"Money" is the lead single taken from Portamento. The single was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2011. "How It Ended" was the second single released in the UK on 3 October 2011. "Days" was the third single from the album released in the UK on February 27, 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Book of Revelation"   3:31
2. "Days"   4:30
3. "What You Were"   3:16
4. "Money"   3:55
5. "Hard to Love"   3:54
6. "I Don't Know How to Love"   3:23
7. "Searching for Heaven"   2:50
8. "Please Don't Leave"   4:13
9. "If He Likes It Let Him Do It"   3:52
10. "I Need a Doctor"   4:17
11. "In the Cold"   3:30
12. "How It Ended"   4:19
Total length:
45:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Jonathan Pierce – Vocals, Drums
  • Jacob Graham – Synthesizers
  • Connor Hanwick – Drums
  • Myles Matheny – Guitar

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 59
Spain (PME)[16] 44
Switzerland (Swiss Albums Chart)[17] 92
UK (The Official Charts Company)[18] 44
US (Billboard Top Heatseekers)[19] 10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[20] September 2, 2011 Digital download Island Records
United Kingdom[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/money-single/id454581305
  2. ^ Rebecca Nicholson (1 September 2011). "The Drums: Portamento – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link][dead link]
  4. ^ Helen Clarke. "The Drums - Portamento". musicOMH. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Mike Williams (30 August 2011). "Album Review: The Drums - 'Portamento'". NME. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Hermione Hoby (4 September 2011). "The Drums: Portamento –review". The Observer. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Michael Marotta (7 September 2011). "The Drums – Portamento". The Phoenix. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Larry Fitzmaurice (16 September 2011). "The Drums: Portamento". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Matt James (20 September 2011). "The Drums - Portamento". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Kevin Liedel (30 August 2011). "The Drums: Portamento". Slant. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Marc Hogan. "The Drums Portamento". Spin. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Portamento - The Drums". Metacritic. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ Clarke, Helen (September 5, 2011). "The Drums - Portamento". musicOMH. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ Williams, Mike (August 30, 2011). "Album Review: The Drums - 'Portamento'". NME. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Drums - Irish AlbumsChart". 
  16. ^ "The Drums - Spain Albums Chart". 
  17. ^ "The Drums - Swiss Albums Chart". 
  18. ^ "The Drums - UK Albums Chart". 
  19. ^ "The Drums - Charts and Awards". 
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/portamento/id454701736
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/portamento/id454701736