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    Portishead - Dummy

    Year: 1994

    The trio of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibons and Adrian Utley helped popularize the "Bristol sound" with Dummy, their 1994 debut album, and one of the key works in the trip hop cannon along with Massive Attack's 1991 masterpiece Blue Lines and Tricky's dark opus Maxinquaye (released in 1995). A stunningly cohesive, atmospheric album, Dummy saw traditional hip-hop produdction styles adapted by Barrow and Utley to serve as the backdrop for Beth Gibbons haunting, soulful voice. With only three studio albums to their name, Portishead's debut remains their best release, and a necessary listen for any hipster claiming to know anything about experimental British music from the '90s.