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Rolling Stone (10/2/97, p.56) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...the group easily re-establishes its mastery of the genre now known as trip-hop....Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley have refined their sound to an instantly identifiable essence..."Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."Spin (11/97, p.142) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Like every brilliantly dismal act from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to the Wu-Tang Clan, Portishead tiptope across a ledge where utter seriousness is one false move away from tragic self-parody. They manage the high-wire act with brittle grace, bitter poise. And they sound as if they could break at any second..."Entertainment Weekly (10/03/97, p.84) - "...This sophomore spook-athon from chilly U.K. combo Portishead clanks across the attic, via Geoff Barrow's skeletal samples and funereal keyboards. Beth Gibbons' surgical-steel voices slices into her partner's scraps of musical meat, for an effect that's hypnotic, bloodless, and addictive..." - Rating: AQ (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Vibe (11/97, p.152) - "...Beth Gibbons shows off stark vocal mood swings as she croons and claws under a bitter moon. A 30-piece orchestra keeps you strung out on drama, while producers/bandmates Adrian Utley and Geoff Barrow snap out the beats..."The Source (11/97, p.174) - "...crafted with care and eloquence, and somehow articulating the space that exists between the emotional and the physical....Portishead succeed with aplomb on their eponymously-titled follow-up album..."Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #18 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."Melody Maker (10/4/97, p.50) - "...deep fried, delightful doom music....they're still...the original flames, the instigators, the innovators and still the only sure soundtrack to the future."Musician (11/97, p.86) - "...Gibbons' extraordinary voice has grown darker, nastier, and more spine-tingling, while the new songs vary from grim...to serene....PORTISHEAD looks over the cliff, then dives headlong into the abyss..."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #14 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #32 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (9/27/97, p.57) - 8 (out of 10) - "...if DUMMY was smoky film noir material, this is a choking Hammer Horror ho-ho-free hoedown....wavering, painfully sensitive choruses, desperately distorted soundscapes and good old-fashioned tunes..."67.95139

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, pp.79-80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (3/9/95, p.66) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Assertive rhythms and quirky production save Portishead from languishing in any coy retro groove. Instead they manage yet another--very smart--rebirth of cool..."Spin (p.134) - "[They] combined odd sample noises and instruments with haunted vocals....A perfect pop album."Spin (9/99, p.140) - Ranked #42 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (3/03, p.118) - "...Turntable wicky-wicky, film-noir theremin, hammer dulcimers, and the tearful vocals of Beth Gibbons...Entertainment Weekly (11/18/94, p.108) - "...mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-western guitars, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called `acid cabaret'....as musically compelling as it is emotionally chilling..." - Rating: A-Q (12/99, p.82) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (6/00, p.66) - Ranked #61 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (10/94, p.125) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...perhaps this year's most stunning debut album..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.116) - "...On their debut, instrumental wunderkid Geoff Barrow and torch vocalist Beth Gibbons draw on grooves from Isaac Hayes to the present to create dark, dense tracks that inspire gentle rocking instead of frantic pumping..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #14 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #35 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[S]loping beats, inventive samples and freaky melodies create an unsettling emotional topography."Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.50) - Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...A stunning, stylish first album."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...The eeriest and most original dance-music album of the year."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #29 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...An easily accessible, but still richly emotional new sound for the beginning of the '90s."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'48.48577

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, pp.79-80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (3/9/95, p.66) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Assertive rhythms and quirky production save Portishead from languishing in any coy retro groove. Instead they manage yet another--very smart--rebirth of cool..."Spin (p.134) - "[They] combined odd sample noises and instruments with haunted vocals....A perfect pop album."Spin (9/99, p.140) - Ranked #42 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (3/03, p.118) - "...Turntable wicky-wicky, film-noir theremin, hammer dulcimers, and the tearful vocals of Beth Gibbons...Entertainment Weekly (11/18/94, p.108) - "...mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-western guitars, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called `acid cabaret'....as musically compelling as it is emotionally chilling..." - Rating: A-Q (12/99, p.82) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (6/00, p.66) - Ranked #61 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (10/94, p.125) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...perhaps this year's most stunning debut album..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.116) - "...On their debut, instrumental wunderkid Geoff Barrow and torch vocalist Beth Gibbons draw on grooves from Isaac Hayes to the present to create dark, dense tracks that inspire gentle rocking instead of frantic pumping..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #14 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #35 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[S]loping beats, inventive samples and freaky melodies create an unsettling emotional topography."Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.50) - Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...A stunning, stylish first album."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...The eeriest and most original dance-music album of the year."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #29 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...An easily accessible, but still richly emotional new sound for the beginning of the '90s."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'48.48577

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Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "THIRD is an unexpected yet totally impressive return.....Portishead mix up dub, break beats, cathedral organ, Moroccan drones and even surf rock into a headphone album for sour times."Spin (p.52) - Ranked #3 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "Both taut and unhinged, THIRD turns soul music into a bare-bulb interrogation of the soul."Entertainment Weekly (p.119) - "Beth Gibbons' spectral vocals linger atop eerie, warped pulses of music to create a swirl of melancholia." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.84) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Adrian Utley proves to be the key player through much of the record....Here his playing is frequently awe-inspiring....THIRD is the most stunning, stark and superb Portishead album yet."Alternative Press (p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Listening to Portishead has always been like floating through a waking dream, but now the sleek edges have atrophied into a dusty chaos, and it's all the more beautiful and perfect for the change."Vibe (p.70) - "[Portishead] pays respect to innovators like Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Wendy Carlos, and the RZA....THIRD has the blare of revolution."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "THIRD's sole link with the past is Gibbon's voice, now less mannered and more careworn...especially on twinkling interlude 'Deep Water'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[C]onstantly beguiling....Throughout, Gibbons' singing gives musical and emotional coherence."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #11 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "Eleven years in the gestating, and totally worth the wait."Paste (magazine) (p.52) - "THIRD is far and away the best, most punk thing in the Portishead catalog: a deeply transgressive album that bears a passing similarity to its predecessors but leaves most of the baggage behind..."Clash (magazine) (p.108) - "Portishead have sidled back to express their tortured collective in more depth than most bands could ever dream off. They have subverted the natural order. Pain was never meant to feel this good."Clash (magazine) (p.67) - Ranked #15 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "THIRD emerged as an abrasive, industrial and intimidating record..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]ositively infected with spanking new ideas....The jazz, terrifyingly, near Tropicalia prog and, gulp, ukuleles of Geoff Barrow's vast and vinyl library really come to the forefront."38.98464

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Clash (magazine) - "On COVERS, the Tru Thoughts family take a plethora of well-known tracks by artists like Frank Sinatra, Portishead and Jeff Buckley and give them an exquisitely funky make-over."0.4159359

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Option (7-8/97, p.111) - "...best described as a funkier version of Portishead....Hoverphonic hasn't created anything unique in STEREOPHONIC but they've certainly given it a hell of a shot."0.4159359

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Esben And The Witch develop their literary gloom to convincing effect with this debut..."Clash (magazine) - "Layered, expansive and driven by the kind of shadowy dynamics Portishead might call their own, Esben And The Witch display an effortless aptitude for creating a sense of drama and intrigue."0.3565165

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Esben And The Witch develop their literary gloom to convincing effect with this debut..."Clash (magazine) - "Layered, expansive and driven by the kind of shadowy dynamics Portishead might call their own, Esben And The Witch display an effortless aptitude for creating a sense of drama and intrigue."0.3565165

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Q (5/99, p.108) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...firmly rooted in jazz, funk and Brit-soul....some skittery drum 'n' bass beats...samba workout...and more than a hint of Portishead...but the old-school grooves still shine brightest..."0.3565165

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Uncut (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[G]uest singers Feist and Yael Naim move the project in the direction of Portishead or Goldfrapp."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]e get equally clever guitar reveries, diaphanous electro-pop and David Sylvian doing battle with yet more music boxes -- all of it delivered with cheery elan."0.2970971

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The Wire (p.56) - "By inverting the coded and implied party line of commercial culture, WORK (WORK, WORK) is a sophisticated response to a reality paralysed by consumerism..."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Bendin' and 'Skinny' are especially affecting, adopting the clanging menace of Portishead's THIRD to their slo-core ends."0.2970971

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The Wire (p.56) - "By inverting the coded and implied party line of commercial culture, WORK (WORK, WORK) is a sophisticated response to a reality paralysed by consumerism..."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Bendin' and 'Skinny' are especially affecting, adopting the clanging menace of Portishead's THIRD to their slo-core ends."0.2970971

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Entertainment Weekly (7/26/96, pp.52-54) - "...Like many other contemporary pop soundtracks, STEALING BEAUTY is a hodgepodge (Stevie Wonder to Liz Phair), but one with unerring taste and a unified theme:...romantic longing..." - Rating: B+Q (9/96, p.122) - 3 Stars - Good - "...features not music of a classical bent but mainstream...contemporary fare....[the] rollercoaster ride of emotions...are here interpreted...with musical velvet....Suitable affecting stuff."0.2587652

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Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.72) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...designs its sparse arrangements in the Tricky mold...adding snippets of bracing guitar and a little rock attitude....Using just a few stark elements, Sneaker Pimps make pop as tension-filled as an Edgar Allan Poe novel.."Entertainment Weekly (3/14/97, p.80) - "...Whether massaging the senses with smooth, seductive grooves or spacing out in the beat-happy jungle of drum-and-bass, Sneaker Pimps manage to be ominously spooky without indulging in Tricky's gothic pretension and hypnotic without lapsing into Portishead's one-note gloom." - Rating: B+0.2376776

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Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.72) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...designs its sparse arrangements in the Tricky mold...adding snippets of bracing guitar and a little rock attitude....Using just a few stark elements, Sneaker Pimps make pop as tension-filled as an Edgar Allan Poe novel.."Entertainment Weekly (3/14/97, p.80) - "...Whether massaging the senses with smooth, seductive grooves or spacing out in the beat-happy jungle of drum-and-bass, Sneaker Pimps manage to be ominously spooky without indulging in Tricky's gothic pretension and hypnotic without lapsing into Portishead's one-note gloom." - Rating: B+0.2376776

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Spin (p.72) - "[T]he Watsons consult vintage Southern styles for inspiration, incorporating touches of country and plenty of hot-blooded soul."Alternative Press (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Leigh and Chandra Watson stick spiky heels into their mellow sound with organ and rimshots out of Portishead's playbook on 'Harpeth River'..."Billboard - "[The album] displays a more assertive attitude through its confident lyrical themes....The single 'Modern Man' features the sisters' beautiful harmonies."0.2376776

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Q (Magazine) (p.q) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Like epic closer 'Sea Within A Sea,' which plunges joyously into the unknown, this euphoric phantasmagoria might just alter your reality."Pitchfork (Website) - "The Horrors' shoegazer makeover aside, the real story here is Badwan's growing confidence as a singer, and his willingness to sound more scared than scary."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The eight-minute closer, 'Sea Within A Sea,' is easily the best thing here, switching from a Silver Apples drone to something very close to Portishead's own 'The Rip,' without ever feeling overlong..."0.2376776

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Rolling Stone (9/14/00, p.178) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[She] revels in classic singer-songwriter introspection, drama, melody and tough lyricism....a rock-dance-folk studio marvel with songs as rapid as the sonics..."CMJ (8/21/00, p.22) - "...An honest and emotionally engaging document full of grit, guts, and more than a few potential pop hits..."Melody Maker (9/5/00, p.48) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[She] impressively and unapologetically changes her mind every few minutes flitting from clubby beats to traditional singer-songwriter to Portishead doing Bond themes..."0.2376776

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Spin (5/98, p.141) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Always a hippie groove band at heart, Morcheeba have responded impressively to trip-hop's AOR-ization with BIG CALM--possibly the most seamless mix of VH1 pop and DJ culture so far, and a joint that recalls the Mamas & the Papas as much as Portishead..."Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...Ross and Paul's moody blend of hip hop and twangy guitar licks, coupled with Skye's sweetly angelic vocals, seep easily into your consciousness..."NME (Magazine) (4/11/98, p.39) - 8 (out of 10) - "...A widescreen collection, it aspires more to inspirational airborne pirouetting of the Beck and Cornershop variety than floating face down in the murky pond of trip-hop....They sound like they like life."0.2079679

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Spin (5/98, p.141) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Always a hippie groove band at heart, Morcheeba have responded impressively to trip-hop's AOR-ization with BIG CALM--possibly the most seamless mix of VH1 pop and DJ culture so far, and a joint that recalls the Mamas & the Papas as much as Portishead..."Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...Ross and Paul's moody blend of hip hop and twangy guitar licks, coupled with Skye's sweetly angelic vocals, seep easily into your consciousness..."NME (Magazine) (4/11/98, p.39) - 8 (out of 10) - "...A widescreen collection, it aspires more to inspirational airborne pirouetting of the Beck and Cornershop variety than floating face down in the murky pond of trip-hop....They sound like they like life."0.2079679

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Rolling Stone (4/2/98, p.74) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...a glossy finish that reflects the duo's love for setting Sixties pop to electronic beats. The Portishead comparisons are inevitable, but Mono's palette features brighter colors than that of their Bristol, England, peers..."Entertainment Weekly (4/3/98, p.97) - "...this British duo beautifully exploits trip-hop's woozy, cinematic vibe....The real treat...is Siobhan DeMare's sumptuous, seductive vocals, which pull this debut from the brink of torpor and channel Petula Clark's pop-friendly purr." - Rating: A-Magnet (3-4/98, p.71) - "Mono makes its Euro-pop gently baroque and smoke-screen lite....focuses on rococo romantic elan with danger just a twitch away. Twinkling concertinas, phase-shifting synths and flat-toned, black-chord pianos make FORMICA shine..."Option (3-4/98, p.99) - "...utterly of the moment..."Melody Maker (10/11/97, p.50) - "...A fantastic, fantastic album....simultaneously a period piece and ultra-brite modern."0.1782582

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Rolling Stone (6/10/99, p.120) - 3 1/2 out of 5 - "...the time is right for HUSH - imagine a Scottish Diana Ross smoldering over swanky beats that fall somewhere between Britney Spears and Portishead, Eurythmics and Lisa Stansfield....All sleek art and hot pop - what could be more 1999?"Q (1/00, p.87) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."Q (6/99, p.98) - 4 out of 5 stars - Excellent - "...sounds learned, rich and confident....a crowd-pleaser whose at-home breeziness and aplomb increase its urgency to entertain....Texas may prove to be as essential to pop as Manic Street Preachers are to rock."Billboard (6/5/99, p.19) - "...an assertive album that showcases the sensuous vocals of...Sharleen Spiteri and the band's ability to craft soulful, melodic, and timeless pop songs steeped in R&B influences....brims with potential..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/99, p.96) - "...All slur and slide, electronic sounds and beats subtly mingled with human softness, THE HUSH parades potential hits one after another.....founder-bassist Johnny McElhone's first solo production is a svelte masterwork."0.1782582

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Rolling Stone (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Hayes] mourns a collapsed marriage across two discs that seem to spin in slow motion as Hayes flexes masculine strength through vulnerability."Spin (p.95) - "[Hayes] played the prophet of heartbreak, delivering two platters of wistful covers wrapped in symphonic strings..."Living Blues (p.62) - "BLACK MOSES is an emotionally lush set....BLACK MOSES is probably most closely associated with its lead single, Haye's stirring version of the Jackson 5's 'Never Can Say Goodbye'..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t was a massively ambitious statement album, a collection of covers and originals that documented the collapse of Hayes' marriage. It was an enormous success..."Clash (magazine) (p.112) - "This album's spiraling grooves and lush sonic landscapes have inspired everyone from hip hop producers to Portishead..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Hayes' most heartbreakingly intimate, emotionally sincere and brave release."Uncut (magazine) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "What he brought to the '70s party, apart from sheer chutzpah...was sonic nous, the ability to play an entire studio and to integrate technical innovations like fuzztone and wah-wah guitars."0.1782582

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Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.72) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...the duo creates a startling tryst of electronic experimentation and traditional songwriting structure....Barlow's beats morph and churn like some ballet-trained monster, while Rhodes' dramatic, smoky voice sails effortlessly overhead..."Entertainment Weekly (5/16/97, p.117) - "...Her haunting whisper cuts through the mix, giving the grooves and intimacy more attuned to smoke-filled jazz clubs than open-air raves." - Rating: B+Q (12/96, pp.136-138) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...(Lamb) truly exemplify the fluctuating tensions between song form and jungle's undulating rhythms....bass guitar posing counterpoint melodies and Rhodes' dry, haunted vocal floating over the top..."Muzik (11/96, p.127) - 4.5 out of 5 - "...combines genres, sonics and emotions....this lot has got it down to an art form. You can leave those drum'n'bass Portishead comparisons back in the marketing meetings....Lamb by name. Definitely not sheep by nature."0.1782582

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Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Spin (10/99, p.158) - 9 out of 10 - "...the common thread running through FULL CLIP's 32 cuts: Swing. Head-nod. Repeat....they proved the centrality of the beat better than nearly anyone in hip-hop..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Rap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: ARap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: A0.1470555

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Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Spin (10/99, p.158) - 9 out of 10 - "...the common thread running through FULL CLIP's 32 cuts: Swing. Head-nod. Repeat....they proved the centrality of the beat better than nearly anyone in hip-hop..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Rap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: ARap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: A0.1470555

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, pp.79-80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (3/9/95, p.66) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Assertive rhythms and quirky production save Portishead from languishing in any coy retro groove. Instead they manage yet another--very smart--rebirth of cool..."Spin (p.134) - "[They] combined odd sample noises and instruments with haunted vocals....A perfect pop album."Spin (9/99, p.140) - Ranked #42 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (3/03, p.118) - "...Turntable wicky-wicky, film-noir theremin, hammer dulcimers, and the tearful vocals of Beth Gibbons...Entertainment Weekly (11/18/94, p.108) - "...mixes cocktail keyboards, spaghetti-western guitars, eerie tape loops, and dub-wise rhythms into what could be called `acid cabaret'....as musically compelling as it is emotionally chilling..." - Rating: A-Q (12/99, p.82) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (6/00, p.66) - Ranked #61 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (10/94, p.125) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...perhaps this year's most stunning debut album..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.116) - "...On their debut, instrumental wunderkid Geoff Barrow and torch vocalist Beth Gibbons draw on grooves from Isaac Hayes to the present to create dark, dense tracks that inspire gentle rocking instead of frantic pumping..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #14 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #35 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[S]loping beats, inventive samples and freaky melodies create an unsettling emotional topography."Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.50) - Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...A stunning, stylish first album."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...The eeriest and most original dance-music album of the year."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #29 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...An easily accessible, but still richly emotional new sound for the beginning of the '90s."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'0.1188388

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.80) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (1/25/96, p.41) - Ranked #3 in the 1996 Critics' Poll.Rolling Stone (6/15/95, p.83) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Trip-hop is the current label being given this music, but it's no more than a cute, reasonably accurate headline. At any given time, certain pop records--more than books or movies or whatever--strike a chord...as the sound of the beyond cool. Right now, Tricky's MAXINQUAYE is it..."Spin (9/99, p.125) - Ranked #14 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (12/95, p.62) - Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'Spin (6/95, p.99) - 8 - Very Good - "...Imagine the cracked-out vibe of vintage Schoolly D generated by a black British outcast who loves Billie Holiday and PJ Harvey as much as he digs sluggish beats and singsong melodies....Their attitude is mean-spirited, but much of the aggression is directed inward..."Entertainment Weekly (6/2/95, p.56) - "...R&B for the head, MAXINQUAYE is engrossing music collage art that bumps, grinds, and simmers....singer Martine's sly phrasing--is mind-bending..." - Rating: AQ (12/99, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (2/96, p.67) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.Q (6/00, p.75) - Ranked #36 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"Q (3/95, p.104) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Tricky proves himself to be more challenging and eclectic than his peers, leapfrogging from...thick tribal beats to...sub-metal thrash...amid the more typical ambient dub....a highly inventive and intoxicating collection."Option (7-8/95, p.141) - "...street beats and turntable scratching with guitars, dub bass, industrial noise and other elements....cool subdued music....This is among the best albums of the year..."Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Tied for #1 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...sounded like the apex of an epoch. Taking cues from...Massive Attack and Portishead, and blending them with more sinister hues borrowed from John Barry's Bond themes..."Musician (6/95, p.76) - "...It's not just `bottom end,' though there's plenty of bass rumbling through these dub-wise grooves, but the music's depth of field--the way the vocals, samples and keyboard parts arrange themselves into layers of foreground and background..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #2 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Q (Magazine) (p.132) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an album of contradictions, at once restless an soothing, profane and profound....His experiments here still glow with mystery and magic."Mojo (Publisher) (p.57) - Ranked #77in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[I]t sounds like a greatest hits."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of '95 - "...the first album-length masterpiece of trip-hop..."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #1 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...foggy hip-hop track without a compass, a record where you never quite know what's going to happen next or where it's going to take you..."Clash (magazine) - "[A] dark, paranoid classic....Containing classics 'Overcome,' 'Ponderosa, 'Hell Is Round The Corner'..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MAXINQUAYE remains the British postmodern album of the 90s....'Brand New Retro' is the most driving thing here..."0.08912912

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