And the winner by a knockout in the sixth round is...
No, actually I got the idea from Amazon.com. When I bought Portishead's album Third, they suggested that others who liked Portishead bought Steve Reich's Daniel Variations. Since I had just read a review of this disc by Reich in Playback, I thought 'what the heck' and I bought it too.
So, having listened to them both, and inspired by Alan Taffel's post on Sufjan Stevens, what I want to ask:
Why is Portishead "Rock" and Steve Reich "Classical"?
As Amazon suggests (thanks to the weird and wonderful world of algorithms), these two discs have something in common. And, I think, as much in common with each other as either is like its nominal category.