Portishead, “Dummy,” Go Discs/London (***1/2 ). This duo arrives as one of England’s most innovative bands. Blending the sci-fi chill of electronic ambient music with Eastern European melody and Beth Gibbon’s poignant vocals, Portishead invites you into a new world of sonic esoterica. “Dummy” is lush and rich, yet delicate and haunting.
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