Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
skyvo-direct Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Portamento [CD]

The Drums Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
Price: 5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, 22 April? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Amazon's The Drums Store


Image of album by The Drums


Image of The Drums


The Drums - The Drums
Visit Amazon's The Drums Store
for 4 albums, photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Portamento + The Drums + Summertime! EP
Price For All Three: 15.99

Buy the selected items together
  • The Drums 5.00
  • Summertime! EP 5.00

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B005BOUY6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Book Of Revelation
2. Days
3. What You Were
4. Money
5. Hard To Love
6. I Don't Know How To Love
7. Searching For Heaven
8. Please Don't Leave
9. If He Likes It Let Him Do It
10. I Need A Doctor
11. In The Cold
12. How It Ended

Product Description

BBC Review

The Drums have got simplicity down to a fine art. When vocalist Jonathan Pierce and guitarist Jacob Graham first formed a band, they named it Goat Explosion. After temporarily going separate ways - Pierce fronted Elkland and Graham formed Horse Shoes - their 2006 reunion dropped the animal imagery for a name so effortlessly and obviously brilliant that you couldn't believe nobody had beaten them to it. Suitably attired, The Drums' newly minted blend of surf-rock and indie pop (most obviously Mancunian at heart, from The Smiths to Peter Hook basslines, with a dash of Orange Juice) was as canny as it was minimal and uncomplicated. Song titles from their self-titled debut, from Let's Go Surfing to Best Friends, were never likely to mask socio-political treatises. As The Vaccines know, sometimes route one is the only way to go.

The use of the word Portamento - the musical term for "a gradual slide from one note to another", and used here to denote change - threatens to derail this base formula. But don't worry. The change in question, namely last year's departure of co-guitarist Adam Kessler, has created an even more stripped-out sound, even when electronics are sometimes thrown into the mix. And titles such as Days, Money and In the Cold reveal The Drums are still keeping it simple.

"Devastated" by Kessler's decision, the remaining trio were clearly keen to move on, given Portamento arrives just 14 months after their debut. And it does sound rushed. Portamento is simplicity redux, to the point of composing songs that sound too alike, and too like the last album. The lyrics to Money could easily be sung over the following Hard to Love. Is the backdrop to I Don't Know How to Love much different to, say, Let's Go Surfing? True, the difference between The Beach Boys' first two albums is roughly the same. 'Progress' is perhaps overrated. And a few plays in, I Don't Know How to Love's nimble, hypnotic and archly simple beauty digs in.

Yet Portamento is richer still when it changes tack. Searching for Heaven's analogue synth burble is perfect for Pierce's languid declaration, and If He Likes It Let Him Do It (how Morrissey would kill for that title) grows in stature when a Theremin-toned synth soars through the chorus, sounding closer to the uncanny lush pop of The Associates. I Need a Doctor isn't far behind, either. Next to them, though, Days and In the Cold resemble throwaways. In other words, here's to The Drums' Pet Sounds.

--Martin Aston

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to love 9 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Drums' classification as `surfer pop' has always been pretty confusing. It's based almost entirely on `Let's Go Surfing', the breakthrough hit that through its name alone has put them in a box. The stigma also has roots in the trend towards subjects of sunshine and the beach evoked in the relatively new-fangled chillwave genre. Whilst some of the dynamics of that genre are present in the music here (the hazy, washed out, reverb heavy vibe), and musically the band do owe a debt to The Beach Boys, lyrically and melodically they evoke The Smiths and New Order more than the carefree 60s surf acts that they are more often compared with.

If their first album had at least some relevance to idyllic days spent catching a wave on golden sandy beaches, this doesn't concern itself with that kind of imagery at all. Instead, it focuses on angst, often juvenile and always romantic. This may sound unpromising, but since it's underpinned by some gorgeous melodies and the easy, innocent, wistful voice of the lead singer, the result is actually remarkably affecting. When he sings "I believe that when we die we die/so let me love you tonight" you are entranced rather than cynical. When he cries in high falsetto that "I'd like to buy you something/but I don't have any money", you feel for him rather than desiring him to man up.

Confession and self loathing is equally in vogue as the `blissed out' sounds of chillwave that influence this record. Most of the best evokers of these emotions have been in Hip Hop/RnB (The Weeknd, Drake, Kanye West), but here vulnerable looking indie poppers regain their claim to teenage angst, and most pleasingly do it in the format of the three minute indie pop song, where the light music forms a beautiful paradox to the heavy words.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surf guitars /Northern English grace.... 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
No...the Drums arent from England, but large sections of their second LP sound like they hail from Manchester not Noo Yawk. All the elements of their debut are here too, the lively surf guitar riffs and cake-tin drums but with a pulsing,goth-influenced bass guitar sound added on.

Its full of longing,of love affairs gone bad and impossible,impossible youth. The line-up changes confuse, the drummer is now the guitarist, the guitarist now plays synths but hey, it all may be mis-information.

Enjoy the sweet,sweet sound of The Drums....following on from the Summertime EP and their debut from last year
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Album 11 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit worried about hearing their new album, mostly because I loved 'The Drums' so much, and I find that subsequent albums are rarely as good as the first ones. But I was most definitely NOT DISAPPOINTED. It's more serious (less beachy) than the first album, but it still retains all of the qualities that make The Drums so good; I think it's absolutely perfect. I haven't listened to an album that flowed along so well before (apart from maybe their self-titled album!). It's fantastic, and I literally can't get enough of it. :)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what is needed today 10 Sep 2011
By Muso
Format:Audio CD
This album may not be all tastes especially those who loved the bouncy 80s indie pop of the first album. It is very different from the first album. It's darker and more contemplative than the first. The cover kind of gives that away. This record still harks back to the 80s but veers more to Joy Division and The Smiths area than Orange Juice.

the album flows as all albums should and so few do these days. It should tell a story from start to end. At the start things are a little positive 'You are a pretty thing but you're full of fear. Well, not here, no never here'. By the end things are grim 'so do you remember the old times, those were the only times. I don't know how it ended'.

Amidst all this the songs still motor along in typical Drums fashion. I love all the songs but the stand out ones for me are:

'Days' - very New Order about working so hard for someone and getting nothing back.
'Money'- could come from last album but lyrically a bit darker.
'Hard to Love' and 'I Don't Know How to Love' can be put together as the heart break songs.
'If He Likes It Let Him Do It' -cold!

The highlight of the album is 'I Need a Doctor'. Being taken in by someone who ultimately hurts you. All happy stuff!!

To sum up, completely different from first album but a bit more mature also.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category