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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Alternative
Number of Items
1
Title
Portamento
Media
CD
BarCode
602527788364
Label
Naxos
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
602527788364
Previews

Spin (p.74) - "[W]ith chopped-up vocals, burbling synths, and cooing harmonies that should place them firmly in the sophisticated-yet-naive pop tradition of Saint Etienne..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "They only really have one kind of song and tempo, rollicking yet melancholy, but they write them very, very well."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Book Of Revelation
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Days
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What Your Were
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Money
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Hard To Love
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Don't Know How To Love
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Searching For Heaven
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Please Don t Leave
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] If He Likes It Let Him Do It
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Need A Doctor
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] In The Cold
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] How It Ended
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Book of Revelation
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Days
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What You Were
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Money
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Hard to Love
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Don't Know How to Love
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Searching for Heaven
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Please Don't Leave
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] If He Likes It Let Him Do It
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Need a Doctor
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] In the Cold
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] How It Ended
Genre
Pop / Rock
Country
Notes

Personnel: Jonny Pierce (vocals, drums); Connor Hanwick (guitar); Jacob Graham (synthesizer).
Audio Mixers: Jacob Graham; Jonny Pierce.
Recording information: Discoball Jazzfest Studio, New York, NY; Jacob's Apartment; Jonny's Apartment, New York, NY; Sunset Cottage, Woodstock, NY.
Ever since the success of their first single "Let's Go Surfing," the Drums have spent equal amounts of time tracing that song's sound and distancing themselves from it. They continue to do so on Portamento, beginning their second album with a pair of jaunty kiss-offs to religion and exes. "Book of Revelation" is the album's first and catchiest track, offering a decidedly secular take on living for the moment; "Days," meanwhile, follows in the footsteps of the band's idol Morrissey with lyrics that are so archly self-pitying that they become funny. Indeed, many of Portamento's songs are kind of miserable -- or at least they would be, if these knowing, glum lyrics weren't paired with na‹ve melodies and tempos that are too brisk to be mopey. It's hard not to read the Drums' downbeat outlook as a response to Adam Kessler's departure from the band (during their first U.S. tour, no less), and Portamento's sound reflects that change as well. The band's overt '50s and '60s pop worship is largely sublimated in favor of post-punk and synth pop, with the notable exception of "What You Were," a jangly number with a sax solo that recalls both '50s rock and the post-punk and new wave acts that resurrected that sound the first time around. At first, Portamento seems more cohesive than The Drums was, but the album's second half wanders off in several directions. The strangest is "Searching for Heaven," which begins with a symphonic synth intro that seems cribbed from Switched on Bach, then segues into a searching, heartfelt melody that stands in sharp contrast to "Book of Revelation"'s confident atheism. ~ Heather Phares

Distributor
n/a
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
The Drums
Date Released
2011-10-01 00:00:00
Artists
  1. The Drums
Duration
45m 16s
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