Portishead (album)

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Portishead
Portishead - Portishead.png
Studio album by
Released16 September 1997
Recorded1996–1997
Studio
GenreTrip hop
Length50:30
Label
Producer
  • Portishead
  • Dave McDonald
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 music band Portishead, released on 16 September 1997 by Go! Discs. The album cover is a still image from the music video of the song "All Mine".

Music[edit]

With Portishead, the band chose to eschew sampling other records, which had been a defining feature of their debut album Dummy. Instead, they created original pieces which they weaved into the songs, resulting in a more textured sound. The only song to employ samples was "Only You", which incorporates elements of 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 Albums Chart and No. 21 on the Billboard 200.[3][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
AllMusic[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
The Guardian[7]
Los Angeles Times[8]
Music Week[9]
NME8/10[10]
Pitchfork8.2/10[11]
Rolling Stone[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[13]
Spin9/10[14]
The Village VoiceB−[15]

Portishead received critical acclaim upon its release. Spin praised the record and noted that the band created a "gothic", "deadly" and "trippy" atmosphere.[14] 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.[14]

Year-end lists[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Melody Maker Albums of the Year 1997 18[16]
NME 1997 Critics' Poll 1997 32[16]
Q 50 Best Albums of 1997 1997 (*)[16]
Spin Top 20 Albums of the Year 1997 6[16]
Village Voice 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll 1997 14[16]

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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]

  • Beth Gibbons – vocals
  • Adrian Utley – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7-10), bass (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9), synthesizer (tracks 4, 6), Rhodes piano (track 9), piano (track 11)
  • Geoff Barrow – drums (tracks 4, 5, 9), turntables, programming, samples

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Clive Deamer – drums (tracks 1, 6, 7, 11), addidional drums (track 3)
  • Shaun Atkins – additional vocals (tracks 1, 11)
  • John Baggot – organ (track 9), piano (track 10)
  • Andy Hague – horns (track 2)
  • Ben Waghorn – horns (track 2)
  • John Cornick – horns (track 2), trombone (track 7)
  • S. Cooper – violin (track 4)

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Portishead
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[38] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[39] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Platinum 300,000^
United States 635,000[44]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[45] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Lanham, Tom (3 October 1997). "Portishead". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
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  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.
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