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Portamento

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B005EKWXVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Amazon Customer VINE 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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A friend told me he read about these guys in a random magazine from Britain and that they are worth the listen... holy crap is this album good.

It's kind of a lighter indie pop sound with catchy riffs and guitar. Think Black Keyes if they became a pop band... kind of? Sorry I'm not good at describing music but I like it!
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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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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 had never heard of this band before now and was completely surprised by how much I LOVED the entire album. The comparison to New Order got me interested (I'm an 80s girl) but The Drums lyrics and melodies are unique. At first run through the songs do sound somewhat similar, but be patient, you will notice the differences. Each song is catchy in it's own way. Totally sing-along-able and fun. Typically indie bands can lull me to sleep, but this record keeps me bouncing along to the beats, feeling alive and wanting more. I can not wait until the next one!
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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 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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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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