Portishead – 3


The new Portishead album has been ten years in the making. I read a review that said it was “nice background listening”. It may have been written by a monkey stabbing randomly at keys until this particular sentence appeared because nothing could be further from the truth; as this track demonstrates.

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This, the fourth on the album, is the best song they have ever written. It is a thing of intense beauty.

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Throughout the record Beth Gibbons’ vocals are used sparingly above an electronic symphony. Cool, funky, orchestral but all synth driven with utterly astounding drumming. This is so good that I thought I was going to cry just listening to it on the train home from Glasgow on Thursday night.

Album of the year so far.

No question.

9 thoughts on “Portishead – 3

  1. Enjoyed yer Nick Cave review.

    This review surprises me. They seemed like a not-so-good Massive Attack 10 years ago.

    The reviews of their live gig were mixed but I haven’t heard this yet so will listen out.

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  2. Hi, I’m Olly, Gerry’s son. Found your blog a while ago when my pop was having a word war with a TV critic.

    Anyway I agree with you wholeheartedly about Third, especially The Rip – it is special.

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  3. Click my name if you want to have a peek at my blog. Set it up today, and only just figured out how to link the blog to my name in comments… I think!

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