Por­tishead – Hum­ming To test re­fine­ment

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Darker and more dis­turbed/dis­turb­ing than de­but al­bum Dummy, Por­tishead’s epony­mous sec­ond al­bum would be hap­pier on the mor­tu­ary slab than the cof­fee ta­ble. Which, one must as­sume, is ex­actly how the band wanted it.

A dis­parate col­lec­tion

The tre­ble el­e­ments of Hum­ming aren’t all that nu­mer­ous, but each is a stern test of your sys­tem’s top-end re­fine­ment. That un­der­cur­rent of vinyl sur­face noise (plus some scratch­ing), the hi-hat that sounds like the mic is a nanome­tre from the cym­bal it­self, the key­board-de­rived theremin sound, the sibi­lants in Beth Gib­bons’ vo­cal, what sounds like some­one at­tempt­ing to tune a long-wave ra­dio – each has the po­ten­tial to veer into un­pleas­ant and un­wanted coarse­ness. How well your set-up con­trols them will im­pact sig­nif­i­cantly on the tune’s ten­sion.

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