Dummy This English duo mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-Western guitar, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called "acid cabaret." Beth Gibbons' disembodied vocals… Dummy This English duo mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-Western guitar, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called "acid cabaret." Beth Gibbons' disembodied vocals… Portishead Electronic Rock
Music Review

Music Review: 'Dummy' (1994)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Portishead; Genres: Electronic, Rock

This English duo mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-Western guitar, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called ''acid cabaret.'' 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. A-

Originally posted Nov 18, 1994 Published in issue #249 Nov 18, 1994 Order article reprints