Album: Portishead, Third (Island)
Sunday 27 April 2008
Say what you like about Portishead; you can't accuse them of being in it for the money. The easy thing to do, a decade-plus since their much-adored debut, would be to play it safe and offer up 'Dummy' redux.
Instead, 'Third' comes informed by the uncommercial music the trio have been listening to in the interim (namely avant-garde drone-rock). If you're looking for cinematic cool, it's there fleetingly in "Hunter" or "The Rip", but more often, it's a horror movie mood: Beth Gibbons sounds so traumatised and haunted it's like listening to the voice of Sadako in Hideo Nakata's 'Ring'.
Pick of the Album: Think tides rather than tears: 'The Rip'
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