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Portishead – Third

I think this is a great album. Electronic, dark, twisted, wonderful. Certainly not like Portishead of old. That’s a good thing! There’s nothing worse than a band who releases same album after same album (unless it’s AC-DC, but that’s different). I think they’re a little too late for this to be too shocking, but it works pretty darn well. It’s an interesting and different listen from most bands today.

Portishead in the present day, has one problem.

Its vocalist.

Beth Gibbons is wonderful singer, don’t get me wrong. Numb, Glory Box are some of my favourite songs from the 90s. Her vocals just don’t gel well with the more electronic stuff on this album. The more slower, acoustic tracks are really good but when it gets really interesting, there’s something not quite right about it all. I think it would of been a smarter move for this album to mix up the vocalists. Give her tracks like “Threads”, but bring other singers on some of the other tracks. Who knows, the celebrity cameos may have given the band more exposure and made those tracks a little better.

Still worth a listen. I can’t believe I took this long to suss it out.