365 Days of Album Recommendations – Sep 10

Portishead – Dummy

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I first heard “Sour Times” on my car radio, driving in San Francisco, in 1994. I knew immediately that whoever the band was, they were incredible.

When I sat down and first listened to this whole album, I was stunned. Staggered. Hypnotized. Dazed. It was incredible.

Desert Island disc? Absolutely. This is quite simply one of the best albums released in the last 25 years. Beyond genre. Not the best rock album, alternative album, trip-hop album, none of that. Just one of the best albums of the last 25 years. Period.

There isn’t a single misstep here. Not one.

“Glory Box” is a staggering accomplishment on every front.

This is that rare album that is exactly that—an album.

This is that rare album that rewrites the rules lyrically, vocally, instrumentally, and sonically. How many albums have done that?

If you haven’t listened to this album, you must.

If you have, I haven’t told you anything you don’t already know.


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