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Portishead's Dummy (33 1/3) Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
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RJ Wheaton is Senior Producer for PopMatters.com, where he writes and edits articles on music, film, and literature. He is a manager at Chapters/Indigo, and lives in Toronto.
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It gives you a massive and detailed insight into the backgrounds of the creators production/studio tips etc.
Two points though that I didn't really like.
One it's written rather awkwardly and quite difficult to read in places so perhaps needs another read (The juicy bits have been rightly dog eared for future reference).
Two No mention of Grave Diggaz- 6 Feet Deep LP ???? Say whut! These records both came out in 1994 and the studio techniques i.e. chopping up the beats and creating basslines to give that 'head nodding factor' are so similar that to me they are a married couple.
But all in all this book is a great eye opener to what was happening in 1994!
P.s. Oh and this book also made me listen to the 12" versions that were not on the album that are now sitting proudly on my record shelves!...
Did I say records? Yes I did! Productions like this with the intentional pops and crackles should be bought on vinyl not cd!... Just my opinion but a strong one.. Peace ;)
Reservations aside, he does manage to unpick much of what makes Dummy such an exceptional album. It's a shame that none of the key members of the group granted him an interview, but the book does well to draw quotes and insight from both archives of old interviews and new discussions with many peripheral artists involved in Dummy's creation.
In summary, I'd recommend this book to the hardcore Portishead fan but suspect that more casual listeners will quickly lose interest.
RJ Wheaton strikes a great balance between techie recording geekery and human interaction, quoting interviews with the illusive band members and personal testimonies from people that have had life experiences and grown up with Dummy as their soundtrack.
Highly recommended and a book that will make you dig out the Phead back catalogue and listen with fresh ears to the unique tremolo, crackles, beats, rhodes and Beth.
My one criticism is that the author sometimes descends into pretentious music critic wankery when he tries to describe with abstract metaphors what's so good about the music. (Not his words, but my impression of the kind of writing: "the wall of vocal dissonance dissolves behind a dancing playfulness of the guitar's wistful existence" etc.). Everything concrete and fact-based is superb, though. I actually found it quite thrilling to read quotes from the musicians and about how the album was made and produced.
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