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Portamento

The DrumsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B005EKWXVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Book Of Revelation
2. Days
3. What Your 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

Editorial Reviews

Emerging from Brooklyn via Florida in 2009, The Drums initially caught the ear of the indie world with their Summertime! EP. It was an escapist collection of beach pop fantasies; tracks suffused with a wistful, longing nostalgia that never pandered to cheap sentimentality. Their rise, particularly in the UK, was meteoric. Early buzz led to a prestigious spot on the BBC Sound of 2010 shortlist, followed in short succession by a slot on the Shockwaves NME Tour in 2009, and the publication s Phillip Hall Radar Award in early 2010, well before the album s release that summer.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime pop with post punk roots, and marvellous tunes September 8, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but they've done better August 11, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice followup, not quite as good as debut album April 4, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Portamento by Drums January 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, don't pass this one up February 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD ALBUM! October 23, 2013
By Tony
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drums Album December 2, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Really creepy sleeve.... but awesome songs. Even better now that I have them on vinyl. Thanks Ya'll toot toot !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful September 6, 2012
By Helen
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ehh me think not!
its not really a great album or band
a few songs are okay
blah blah blah
they want me to write more then what i want to post this
Published 4 months ago by Paul Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete breath of fresh air...
This album is dope! There's only 2 songs i didnt care for out of 13! I have been listening to this album non stop for the past three weeks. These guys are legit.
Published 23 months ago by Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure
I had never heard of this band before now and was completely surprised by how much I LOVED the entire album. Read more
Published 23 months ago by L. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun
I bought this just based on the samples, and I'm glad I did - the entire album is fun as background music while doing other things like working, cleaning, during a party.... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by S. Niechlanski
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love
I have been listening to this non-stop for the past 5 months. Upon first listen you may think many of the songs sound similar to each other and may simply dismiss it as quirky 80's... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Sharron M. Von Hoene
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Whiny, and Repetitive
I never liked New Order, but I'd rather listen to them than listen to The Drums do a lazy imitation of New Order, which is all this record really is.
Published on February 19, 2012 by Bardamu
5.0 out of 5 stars Portamento = A Truly Solid Consistent Album!
One of the most incredible albums I ever had the pleasure of listening to. Buy this album and the other "Drums" albums. -The End
Published on January 27, 2012 by G. Renzi
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