One of the best albums to come out of the trip-hop movement of the 90's is Portishead's 'Dummy', released in 1995. There isn't a single song on 'Dummy' that could be considered a clear miss. Some of the albums gems are 'Roads', a soft-spoken track that could arguably be one of the saddest songs ever recorded, and 'Glory box', which is a driven, deliberate love song accented by the incredibly refined, yet emotional, guitar solo. Other than those, some of the other bright spots on the album are 'Sour Times', which sounds like the opening credits to a Bond movie, 'Numb', a spacious sonic landscape, and 'Biscuit', a prototypical trip-hop track.
This album is fantastic. Its somber tone makes it -the- album for anyone in the middle of emotionally trying times, and the way it has completely hum-able songs while never getting in-your-face makes it fantastic chill-out background music. Listeners be warned though, this album can take a couple of listens to grow on you. All in all, though, it is a fantastic body of work worth the time.