Portishead - Dummy
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1994 Ratings: #42 / 390
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1994 Ratings: #5
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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.

95
Pitchfork
Portishead’s 1994 debut is a masterwork of downbeat and desperation. They invented their own kind of virtuosity, one that encompassed musicianship, technology, and aura.
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

JacksonLerner
99

portishead’s debut, ‘Dummy’, is a seminal collection of beth gibbons’ gorgeous voice and geoff barrow’s programming. he uses string arrangements with jazzy hip hop, and this helps utley’s work withbass.

‘dummy’ is the definitive trip-hop album.

during the recording process, geoff barrow taught sampling to adrian utley, whom taught gibbons and barrow fun things like the theramin and cimbaloms.

‘dummy’ is some of the best music ever ... read more

Craigold
100

Amish life is not easy, but it's even more difficult when you have outsiders trying to ruin your day. I was going about, like a normal Amish citizen, harvesting some grain, when a goose-faced, wisecracking, suited old egg rattled his shaky bones from out of the forest, and over my way. I thought "Oh wonderous, another disturbed wrinkle suit halting my harvest." The old slobber-nut claimed to be a politician from out of state, which immediately sparked my disinterest. You see, here in ... read more

progressivehead
87

Portishead is a very important, that is very well known in the music industry. Dummy was released on the 22nd of August in 1994, for that time this album was very innovative and new. It's still regarded as one of the best debut albums of all time. It opens up with Mysterons witch is such a chilling song, it just gives you the nerves man, it kinda describes the whole record, it has like this scary vibe to it, that's very special. Sour Times is also a very good song. Strangers is such a crazy ... read more

patcampbell
90

One of my favorite albums

raggedfollower
100

god damn

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Track List

1Mysterons
5:05
96
2Sour Times
4:12
95
3Strangers
3:57
94
4It Could Be Sweet
4:17
90
5Wandering Star
4:53
92
6It's a Fire
3:46
90
7Numb
3:55
88
8Roads
5:03
95
9Pedestal
3:40
89
10Biscuit
5:02
90
11Glory Box
5:08
98
Total Length: 49 minutes
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