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Portamento (Exclusive Amazon MP3 Version)

September 6, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Frenchkiss Records
  • Total Length: 49:25
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B005HMR2QG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,477 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Each song is catchy in it's own way.
L. Wright
This is one of my top picks for 2011 and I can't wait to hear what these boys come up with next.
Sharron M. Von Hoene
The music is really relaxing and chill.
Tony

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
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This record blasts off the player from the first notes with "Book of Revelations" a poppy, classic New Order inflected (think Peter Hook's magnificent basswork from the Low Life period). Frontman Jonathan Pierce has a melodic baritone voice capable of sweetness, longing, and a great self absorbed snarl, which he uses half ironically, half sincerely as he tries to convince his special somebody to throw caution to the wind: "I believe that when you die you die, so let me love you tonight" he suggests, and with that magical bass going on, I think that most anyone would have a hard time saying no to him. After that sublime start, there is no where to go but down. Fortunately, The Drums completely ignore my expectation and follow song after song with wonderful harmonies, insistent beats, and that voice. The third track cribs some basswork from "Rush and a Push" or "Rusholme Ruffians", classic Smiths, and backs it up with layered vocals like Brian Wilson caught in an echochamber. How does it hang together? With sheer moxie. By the time the saxophone solo comes in while Pierce sings "Hold on, hold on, I always do what you like" I am completely under his spell. "Money" is smart-alecky fun--"I want to buy you something/but I don't have any money...if I had a car/I would trade in my car...If I had a gun/I would trade in my gun" and somehow comes off as both sweet and goofy, but Pierce may overdo it a bit. Disco keyboard bass and handclaps bring us into "Hard to Love" where an insistent bass groove and a catchy (now familiar) morissey meets Brandon Flowers vocal keeps me nodding my head and singing along. So how does it end? With what may be the best song on the record "How It Ended".Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frnzferevolution on August 11, 2013
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Certainly a good album, but the The Drums are only bettered by their original self-titled album. This album was a little less focused than the first
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denmark Jensen on April 4, 2013
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Portamento continues the Drums awesome sound with several great songs. The vinyl sounds great, unfortunately the included free downloads are low quality, so it's nice to have the cd as well. It is true that Johnny's lyrics on this albums come across as more honest on this album compared to the debut, but unfortunately, as he reveals himself to be a bit of a whiner with many of the issues typically associated with those who blame others for their problems, I find it easier to enjoy his songs when he keeps things a bit more obscure or less personal, so I do like their debut album a little better. Perhaps, I hope for his sake, someday he'll get past his father/God hangups and reach a new level of emotional maturity, but in the meantime these do provide some great angst to drive the songs, most of which I am still able to enjoy (I do skip "I Need a Doctor" when listening from a digital source).

It's really too bad that the Drums don't allow keyboardist Jacob to take a greater songwriting role. Listening to the Horseshoes ep released on Shelflife reveals Jacob to be a great songwriter, though certainly not quite as good of a singer as Johnny. If you don't have them already, track down Horseshoe tracks such as "The Imperial School" and "Believing in God" to see what I am talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Rodgers on January 8, 2012
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I originally saw this group on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and liked their music. I also liked their humbleness. As they mentioned on that broadcast, they wanted to make all of their songs sound similar. They pretty much did this is the CD and I enjoy that sound.
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I bought this album after hearing the track "money" on local college radio. All the other tracks are so good I still have the album loaded up in my car. Awesome album form start to finish. I a definetly going to buy The Drums other albums.
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By Tony on October 23, 2013
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This is a very well put together album. The music is really relaxing and chill. It's nice to listen to on long car rides.
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By ccvonlazerbeam on December 2, 2012
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Really creepy sleeve.... but awesome songs. Even better now that I have them on vinyl. Thanks Ya'll toot toot !
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By Helen on September 6, 2012
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The songs are all very similar sounding... but wonderful. Very excellent for easy-listening, driving, background music, etc. My favorites have to be "Days" and "Money" but I also enjoy "Book of Revelations."
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