Portishead - Dummy
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1994 Ratings: #16 / 375
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Based on 869 ratings
1994 Ratings: #5
Liked by 16 people
October 17, 1994 / Release Date
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Go! Beat / Label
Trip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Better than any album before it, Dummy merged the pinpoint-precise productions of the dance world with pop hallmarks like great songwriting and excellent vocal performances.

100
Slant Magazine

Dummy, an album which undoubtedly conjures the thought of a person, place or sour time for its every listener, sounds just as groundbreaking today as it did eight years ago.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Beth Gibbons’ disembodied vocals float over Geoff Barrow’s lush production to create a debut that is as musically compelling as it is emotionally chilly.

90
NME
This is, without question, a sublime debut album. But so very, very sad. These are avant garde ambient moonscapes of a ferociously experimental nature. In other words, seriously spooky shit.
80
Sputnikmusic
This album comes thoroughly recommended to any fans of hip-hop (that's hip-hop music, not rap vocals), female soul vocalists, or anybody unfamiliar with trip-hop and who wants to experiment. It's not the best trip-hop album ever, but it's as good an introduction as any.
80
Rolling Stone

Assertive rhythms and quirky production ... save Portishead from languishing in any coy retro groove. Instead they manage yet another — very smart — rebirth of cool.

morningsbell
82
Lana Del Rey for people who are too sad for Lana Del Rey
ThrowBackG
85
I remember my uncle giving me a 32GB USB stick full of albums for my thirteenth birthday and this album being a highlight for me. Even to this day I love this band to death. One of these days I'm going to find this on vinyl and play it start to finish at 2 in the morning. "Mysterons" is a fat mood for me.
GareBear90
100
If it wasn't for this album, there will be no stronghold for the Trip-Hop Genre. The timing of the album is right, the sound is as fresh as grass, and the whole album itself is flawless and from another world. Henceforth, "Dummy" is a Trip-Hop Masterpiece!
RakkSmells
98
Angelic and soulful female vocals over slow, jazzy hip hop influenced beats? I think I found my new religion!

I heard Dummy about a full year ago but never got to revisiting it until now, and DAMN what a fine decision that was! With an outstanding combination of; sorry, I'll just repeat what I said above; angelic and soulful female vocals over slow, jazzy hip hop influenced beats, it creates such a chilling and spooky atmosphere that is just so engrossing. Someone pass me a dark coat and a ... read more
Tielur
88
The landmark debut album from Portishead provides some of most lovely and perfectly textured trip hop songs of all time. Pioneering the way for the genre, "Dummy" blossoms more with every unique instrumental, and every angelic vocal note that Beth Gibbons hits. Your nightly "Lo-fi hip hop beats" on YouTube could never.
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Track List

  1. Mysterons 
  2. Sour Times 
  3. Strangers 
  4. It Could Be Sweet 
  5. Wandering Star 
  6. It's A Fire 
  7. Numb 
  8. Roads 
  9. Pedestal 
  10. Biscuit 
  11. Glory Box
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