Portishead (album)

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Portishead
Portishead - Portishead.png
Studio album by
Released16 September 1997
Recorded1996–97
StudioState of Art Studios (Bristol), Ridge Farm (Capel), Moles Studio (Bath)
GenreTrip hop
Length50:30
Label
ProducerPortishead
Portishead chronology
Glory Times
(1995)
Portishead
(1997)
Roseland NYC Live
(1998)
Singles from Portishead
  1. "All Mine"
    Released: 8 September 1997
  2. "Over"
    Released: 10 November 1997
  3. "Only You"
    Released: 2 March 1998

Portishead is the second studio album by English electronic band Portishead, released on 16 September 1997 by Go! Discs.

Music[edit]

"Only You" samples Ken Thorne's "Inspector Clouseau" and The Pharcyde's "She Said".[1] "Western Eyes" is listed as sampling "Hookers & Gin" by the Sean Atkins Experience in the album's liner notes. In reality, this song does not exist; like most of the samples on the album, it was created by the band.[2]

Release[edit]

Released in September 1997, the album reached No. 2 on the UK Album Chart[3] and No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart.[4]

On 3 December 2008, Universal Music Japan re-released Dummy and Portishead as a limited SHM-CD version.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
The Guardian5/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork8.2/10[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[12]
Spin9/10[13]
The Village VoiceB−[14]

Portishead received critical acclaim upon its release. Spin praised the record and noted that the band created a "gothic", "deadly" and "trippy" atmosphere.[13] Commenting on the textures of the music, music journalist Barry Walters observed that the group got "darker, deeper and more disturbing" in comparison to their previous effort Dummy.[13]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Melody Maker Albums of the Year 1997 18[15]
NME 1997 Critics' Poll 1997 32[15]
Q 50 Best Albums of 1997 1997 (*)[15]
Spin Top 20 Albums of the Year 1997 6[15]
Village Voice 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll 1997 14[15]

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Cowboys" (Barrow, Gibbons)4:38
2."All Mine"3:59
3."Undenied" (Barrow, Gibbons)4:18
4."Half Day Closing"3:49
5."Over"4:00
6."Humming"6:02
7."Mourning Air"4:11
8."Seven Months"4:15
9."Only You"4:59
10."Elysium"5:54
11."Western Eyes"3:57

Credits[edit]

All songs produced by Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley, Beth Gibbons and Dave McDonald.

Portishead[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Clive Deamer – drums
  • Sean Atkins – additional vocals
  • John Baggot – organ, piano
  • Andy Hague, Ben Waghorn, John Cornick – horns
  • S. Cooper – violin

Sales chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[16] 2
Austrian Album Chart[citation needed] 6
Belgian Album Chart (FL)[citation needed] 9
Belgian Album Chart (WA)[citation needed] 23
Danish Album Chart[17] 6
Dutch Album Chart[citation needed] 31
Finnish Album Chart[citation needed] 14
French Album Chart[citation needed] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 1
Norwegian Album Chart[19] 7
Swedish Album Chart[citation needed] 6
Swiss Album Chart[citation needed] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 2
US Billboard 200[4] 21

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[22] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[25] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Platinum 300,000^
United States 635,000[27]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[28] 1× Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portishead at coverinfo.de". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ Facts about Western Eyes Archived 13 June 2002 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Portishead at chartstats.com". Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Portishead | Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Portishead – Portishead". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  6. ^ Lanham, Tom (3 October 1997). "Portishead". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (3 October 1997). "Dread again". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Hochman, Steve (20 November 1997). "From Elton to Boyz to Celine to Dylan, It's an Album Bull Market". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  9. ^ Williams, Simon (27 September 1997). "Portishead – Portishead". NME. Archived from the original on 6 October 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  10. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (1 October 1997). "Portishead: Portishead". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  11. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (14 October 1997). "Portishead". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  12. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Portishead". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 646. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  13. ^ a b c Walters, Barry (November 1997). "Portishead: Portishead". Spin. 13 (8): 142. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (27 January 1998). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "australian-charts.com - Portishead - Portishead". Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Portishead at TOP20.dk". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Portishead – Portishead". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Portishead at VG.no". Lista.vg.no. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Portishead | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations - 1997 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1997". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Portishead – Portishead". Music Canada.
  24. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Portishead – Portishead". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  25. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Portishead; 'Portishead')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Portishead' (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  27. ^ Pareles, Jon (13 April 2008). "After a Decade Away, Portishead Returns". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  28. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2007". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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