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can you believe people thought this album was bad

Poll Results

OptionVotes
all mine 12
only you 8
half day closing 7
cowboys 6
elysium 2
over 2
mourning air 1
seven months 0
humming 0
undenied 0
western eyes 0


american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 June 2019 03:53 (one month ago) link

Either cowboys, half day closing, morning air, or only you

brimstead, Thursday, 27 June 2019 03:57 (one month ago) link

before Third emerged this was always my favorite. i was a bit too young to know about them until around 2000 or so but i remember not understanding the press i read around the time it was released because the progression felt right to my ears, but maybe not being there in the beginning was a factor.

anyway, feeling "half day closing" but might go for "elysium" because damn if that isn't a great wu-tang sounding beat.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:16 (one month ago) link

i feel like we have done this one already? "Cowboys" is just genius.

Bee OK, Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:36 (one month ago) link

i played this back in the day at work and the tech support guy, who was basically a faithful classic rock radio follower, said 'that sounds like an electric shaver'

j., Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:45 (one month ago) link

Cowboys is the best Portishead song

silverfish, Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:55 (one month ago) link

Definitely the least essential of the three, there's a few samey songs in the second half - couldn't tell you anything about Elysium, Humming or Seven Months. Having said that it's very tough to choose between the rest of the tracks. Cowboys or Western Eyes maybe?

I love how on Cowboys her voice suddenly switches from scary witchiness to frailty on "oh if you take these things from me".

chap, Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:16 (one month ago) link

cowboys vs half day closing, both of which have a shout at being portishead's pinnacle

imago, Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:18 (one month ago) link

All of them. Or 'Only You'.

pomenitul, Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:28 (one month ago) link

i feel like we have done this one already? "Cowboys" is just genius.

― Bee OK, Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:36 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

looked for it several times, it must have a really good joke name

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 June 2019 11:41 (one month ago) link

I've got a strong nostalgic attachment to 'All Mine' but I can't not vote for 'Elysium'.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 27 June 2019 13:00 (one month ago) link

this poll is actually extremely hard

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 00:34 (one month ago) link

this is still my fave Portishead album. "Half Day Closing" is unbelievable.

Simon H., Friday, 28 June 2019 01:04 (one month ago) link

this was my very first portishead album, and i’ve only ever owned it on vinyl, which i think i bought at hot topic in high school. it’s split across two lps and i accidentally put on side two first, so i briefly fooled myself into thinking the album started with “undenied”

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:01 (one month ago) link

every song here really feels like it has equal weight and value to me here, like differently angled photographs of the same haunted space

i guess i could say the same thing about dummy, which i recently realized is a r&b album

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

you’re all very right about “half day closing”

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:11 (one month ago) link

Wait who said this album was bad

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:24 (one month ago) link

i looked up some old ilx threads about portishead the other day, i don’t recommend it!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:27 (one month ago) link

the era of most intense disappointment with trip-hop unfortunately coincided with the youthful exuberance of ilm

j., Friday, 28 June 2019 02:48 (one month ago) link

i remember going to a dinner party back then and the hosts played dummy, it was mildly embarrassing

j., Friday, 28 June 2019 02:49 (one month ago) link

My lp is one disc, it's very long.

Mark G, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:56 (one month ago) link

i vote for the ride cymbal on this album

just last saturday i was drummin' with La L and mentioned how the ride cymbal on this album is all time.

does anyone know what it is?

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 28 June 2019 06:00 (one month ago) link

zyldjian classic V kenny clarke pro model, '93 reissue with masticated bell

budo jeru, Friday, 28 June 2019 06:09 (one month ago) link

<3

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 28 June 2019 06:22 (one month ago) link

I was 12 or 13 at the time and my dad saw the video for 'All Mine' on TV and asked me if I liked it. I said yes, so he bought the album and we listened to it together. I picked up Dummy soon after.

pomenitul, Friday, 28 June 2019 07:55 (one month ago) link

i looked up some old ilx threads about portishead the other day, i don’t recommend it!!

― american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:27 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the era of most intense disappointment with trip-hop unfortunately coincided with the youthful exuberance of ilm

― j., Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:48 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i remember going to a dinner party back then and the hosts played dummy, it was mildly embarrassing

― j., Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:49 PM

then they channeled the youthful enthusiasm into !!! and the third Portishead album

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 June 2019 10:55 (one month ago) link

I searched for "polltishead" and didn't find anything, so it doesn't seem like we've done this before!

S/T is still my favorite of theirs, the tracks with Beth's vicious spoiled milk vox are still awesome, but "Western Eyes" is such a soothing sonic balm.

GRETA GABBO (Leee), Friday, 28 June 2019 16:19 (one month ago) link

this poll is actually extremely hard

― american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:34 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm down to Cowboys, All Mine, Half Day Closing, Over... well, I haven't really narrowed it down at all.

that's not my post, Saturday, 29 June 2019 02:47 (one month ago) link

Even though the uncertainty was taking me over, I went with All Mine.

that's not my post, Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:25 (one month ago) link

I was 12 or 13 at the time and my dad saw the video for 'All Mine' on TV and asked me if I liked it. I said yes, so he bought the album and we listened to it together. I picked up Dummy soon after.

― pomenitul, Friday, June 28, 2019 3:55 AM (nineteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Love this

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 29 June 2019 03:29 (one month ago) link

voted Half Day Closing, it's a full horror movie in under four minutes

imago, Saturday, 29 June 2019 07:54 (one month ago) link

This is the best album ever that I never feel like listening to (one of my college housemates did play it 3 times a week for 2 years tho).

nashwan, Saturday, 29 June 2019 08:46 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

voted only you bc the roseland set makes it the first one that comes to mind

j., Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:46 (one month ago) link

"elysium", groundlessness & the edge of overflow occupying the same shape

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:56 (one month ago) link

Controp that "Cowboys" is not good, dwarfed by the superior "All Mine" that attempts the same height and exceeds it

Love "Over", love watching Roseland NYC and seeing that Geoff Barrow is excellent at "decks"!

I argue that this is the worst Portishead album, too "spy movie", not enough genuine suffering

I'd vote "Half Day Closing" for that crazy vocal moment, but that's not what this album is really about, this album is about pastiche, and "All Mine" is the most successful example of that, so I voted for "All Mine"

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 06:01 (one month ago) link

Half day closing was one of the first songs I learned on bass so that one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:13 (one month ago) link

Only You (more understated than the other singles + better chorus)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 14:26 (one month ago) link

you know what? i never really got on with Portishead save for a couple of songs (Glory Box, The Rip). That's sacrilege where I'm from.

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 15:10 (one month ago) link

I too like them better in theory than on practice. I have all their albums but very rarely feel like listening.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:55 (one month ago) link

Half Day Closing is one of those songs where I can remember the first time I heard it, and it seemed enticingly alien. But it's textured and weary like Happiness is a Warm Gun. That whole familiar + new thing.

bendy, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:11 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

Aw I really like Undenied and Western Eyes (think I forgot to vote though).

chap, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:39 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

somehow i never really listened to this album. and dummy totally knocked me out. all mine is much brighter than anything on dummy. only you starts like a gimmick with that trickery imitating duck noises. and it isn't very somber neither. this definitely misses a kind of profoundness i feel. half day closing does not work for me on first listen. she is trying too hard on that one.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:01 (two weeks ago) link

duck noises??????!?!?!?

j., Sunday, 11 August 2019 00:19 (one week ago) link

i think it is a kind of scratching which creates that high-pitch sound which has got a similarity to duck chatter i find. this sound is almost a trademark of portishead, they use a similar sound at the beginning of mysterons which is even more duck like.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:59 (one week ago) link

That's the one

Mark G, Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:04 (one week ago) link

How prescient of them:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/local-news/portishead-ducks-swans-wallowing-mud-1844328

pomenitul, Sunday, 11 August 2019 14:09 (one week ago) link

Only You is pretty darn sombre.

chap, Sunday, 11 August 2019 15:28 (one week ago) link

Didn't see the poll, would've voted "Over".
Never knew people thought the record was bad. Loved it when it came out and still do. I thought it was darker than Dummy.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 12 August 2019 21:04 (one week ago) link

I was a huge fan of the first album at the time and didn't care for this one immediately upon release. I was disappointed right away, and despite buying the LP, CD, and 2 different 12"s from this album, I never really played it much. Possible issues: too long between albums with very little variance in sound - lots of things sounded like a retread, there were loads of imitators who released music between the two albums, the songs just aren't as good.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 12 August 2019 22:32 (one week ago) link


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