Portishead (album)

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Portishead
Portishead - Portishead.png
Studio album by Portishead
Released 29 September 1997
Recorded 1996–1997
Genre Trip hop
Length 50:30
Language English
Label Go!/London
Producer Portishead
Portishead chronology
Dummy
(1994)
Portishead
(1997)
Third
(2008)
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 album by English band Portishead, released in September 1997.

Content[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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 9/10[13]
The Village Voice B−[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 songs written and composed by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley, except where noted. 

No. Title 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
Additional Musicians
  • 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
US Billboard 200[4] 21

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 50,000^
Europe (IFPI)[22] 1× Platinum 1,000,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Platinum 300,000^

*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
  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. ^ Kot, Greg (3 October 1997). "Portishead: Portishead (Go! Beat)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Lanham, Tom (3 October 1997). "Portishead". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  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 Media. 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. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 646. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  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 http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A1006.htm
  16. ^ "australian-charts.com - Portishead - Portishead". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Portishead at TOP20.dk". Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Portishead – Portishead". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ Portishead at VG.no
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations - 1997 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Portishead – Portishead". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2007". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Portishead' (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

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