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Cowboys4:38
All Mine3:59
Undenied4:18
Half Day Closing3:49
Over4:00
Humming6:02
Mourning Air4:11
Seven Months4:15
Only You4:59
Elysium5:54
Western Eyes3:57

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    • Evan2048's avatar
      Evan2048
      My runout Side C matches verbatim. My Runout Side A is missing "SETII HUBTB" *shrug*
      • DistriSaturn's avatar
        DistriSaturn
        Edited one year ago
        This first U.S. reissue has great dynamics and clear sound.
        • carscars's avatar
          carscars
          It’s better than the original 1xLP from MPO, especially the second half of the album.

          However it’s not as good as people make it out here. There is a lot of surface noise (beyond the albums sound) and Seven Months has a lot of sibilance.

          That said, it’s the best version I’ve heard and I would recommend purchase.

          It’s just not as good as the 2017 pressing of Third done at the same plant.
          • Somnium_Obmutum's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            This album is a tad underrated. Sure, it's songs are not so distinct, like that was the case with Dummy, and, firstly, i had a feeling, that all of it's tracks just blended together in some misty mess, but after further listenings i've started to appreciate this... A LOT. Can say for sure, that i prefer it over Dummy, which i adore too of course, but consider actually a little bit overrated.

            The tone of the 2nd album can be described as Hitchcock opera of sorts. It's consistently gloomy, tragic, desperate and tense. I think Portishead really wanted to make a point with this one. Wanted to state that they ain't gonna be lovely major league band. It surprisingly presents the first political statements by the band in songs "Cowboys" and "Western Eyes" - both are very clever, written in a not propaganda sort of way. "Cowboys" is a powerful statement about tyranny of anti-social reforms caused by ruthless politicians - the song describes how harshly they effect on average person.

            "Did you feed us tales of deceit
            Conceal the tongues who need to speak
            Subtle lies and a soiled coin
            The truth is sold, the deal is done"

            And "Western Eyes" strictly criticizes so-called westernatision process (twisted capitalistic values to be clear) - yet again, in a very poetic way, the last words spoken on this track (which the only ones to be resampled on this LP) leaves you with total devastation ("I feel so cold on hookers and gin...this mess we're in!"), but you want more! Because it's a good art! Also "Cowboys" serves as a brilliant album's opener and a closer - for "Western Eyes".

            Themes and feels of Portishead - Portishead (no pun intended) seemed to me as even more intuitive, intimate and ambivalent. In comparison with Dummy, the romance songs are completely heart-wrecking or somewhat unfitting, even relatively positive things on this release feels fake, because of the overall dreamlike audio aesthetics. The latter is one reason, why you may be consumed by this thing. Geoff Barrow used quite a studio post-proccessing, thus this LP is such a joy to listen via headphones, because there are a lot of vinyl crackles, which are geniously implemented as a part of rhytm-section. At the same time good use of auto-tune, plus thereminvox (if i am not mistaken) makes this album so surrealistic, reminds me of space-pop, but with black coat of paint. And Beth Gibbons vocals, oh man. They entirely rip your soul in this one or at least will make sure if you have one. The worries of this album are so deep, that some tracks just express something purely unexplainable, like a tough mood after a bad day in "Over" (music clip is mesmerizingly performed).

            Take you time and let this LP sink into your subconsciousness, otherwise Dummy or Third may be your cup of vodka.

            D!XI
            • ipchrist's avatar
              ipchrist
              #1199 here, so obviously more than 600. three more words
              • cnoaro's avatar
                cnoaro
                This listing is inconsistent. The photo of the rear sleeve indicates four sides, yet the format and tracklist suggests a single LP.
                • RodriRodriguez's avatar
                  Flat and heavy vinyl. Amazing dynamics and sound. Almost no noise.
                  • JATPL's avatar
                    JATPL
                    Edited one year ago
                    Contrary but not disagreeing entirely with the review below, this is a "good" pressing but I don't think it is great. It is a late 90s MPO pressing and their standards had already started to slip even then. I have heard three copies of this LP in my life and on all of them there was irritating crackly hiss at some point on the track Half Day Closing. Also the album is simply too long to be on 2 sides of vinyl-side 2 sounds squashed. The Simply Vinyl 2 disc version is absolutely beautiful and that is the version I listen to now having sold this version a few years back.
                    • luckje_mj's avatar
                      luckje_mj
                      Nach diversen Rockplatten tut es mal wieder gut, etwas Ruhigeres zu hören. Da kommt das britische Trip-Hop-Trio Portishead gerade richtig.
                      Mit ihrem Debüt „Dummy“ kratzten sie damals schon an der Höchstpunktzahl, welche sie mit dieser Platte aber leider auch nicht erreichen werden. Trotzdem kann sie überzeugen, nicht zuletzt da die Sängerin Beth Gibbons uns wieder mit ihrer zerbrechlichen Stimme verzaubert. Auch sollte man die Sampler- bzw. Scratcharbeit von Geoff Barrow nicht unerwähnt lassen. Diese kommt auch gleich beim ersten Song „Cowboys“ zum Einsatz. Die schönsten Liebeslieder entstehen durch einen Blick in einen schönen Wolkenhimmel, wie der zweite Song „All mine“ textlich beweist. Der Sound dieses Stückes kommt so zart, aber auch so gewaltig rüber, dass man dahinter eher ein Orchester vermutet als dieses Trio. Mögen Songs, wie das folgende „Undenied“, manch einen langweilen, ich rate zum genauen Zuhören: Die einzelnen Keyboardklänge am Ende sind hier das, was den Song einzigartig und damit spannend macht. Der folgende Song „Half day closing“, der dem Booklet nach durch die USA inspiriert wurde, enthält am Ende einzelne Töne, die an einen Gangsterfilm aus eben diesem Land erinnern. Bei „Over“ erklingen dann wieder Scratches, die den Song wahrlich aufpuschen. Leider plätschern dann die Songs „Humming“ und „Mourning air“ ohne wirkliche Höhepunkte dahin. In „Seven months“ macht die Stimme von Beth Gibbons einen zu angespannten Eindruck und scheint fast zu zerspringen. Bei „Only you“ lohnt es sich genau hinzuhören, damit man den Sampler aus dem Film „Inspector Closeau“ auch erkennt. Genau zuhören ist generell bei dieser Platte angesagt, die man nur in ruhigen Momenten hören sollte. Dann weiß sie ihren Zuhörer aber für gute fünfzig Minuten zu verzaubern.
                      • Nekowah's avatar
                        Nekowah
                        Have this copy and it has the correct labels and songs on each LP.

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