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Another great album from Portishead
Third - Portishead
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Third - Portishead
Advantages: Haunting, atmospheric and different
Disadvantages: None for me
Third is, as the name suggests, the third album by Bristol band Portishead, released in 2008, eleven years after their self-titled second album. In some ways they stuck with the distinctive Portishead sound, and in others they sounded completely new and different.
Opening track, the ironically titled Silence, begins with a deep male voice speaking in Russian; this leads into a pulsating track with electronic beats over a steady drum. Hunter mixes speedy beats with slower guitar riffs, while Nylon Smile has a more folky atmosphere. The Rip has a slow, eerie quality, while Plastic is dominated by drums and electronic sounds. We Carry On has a relentless industrial quality, while Deep Water, the most cheerful-sounding song on the album, is almost Disney-like in its simplicity.
Machine Gun is relentlessly thudding while Small begins with a haunting, funereal quality that develops into something that sounds like the Clangers on acid, with added electric guitars at the end. Magic Doors has an exotic, hippy quality, while Threads sounds more like traditional Portishead - albeit with overlaid electronic sounds and a rousing percussion-laden chorus.
All through the album, Beth Gibbons' haunting vocals add a further layer to the tracks. The music on this album, like that of the first two, still has a cinematic quality - dark, atmospheric and almost depressing at times, it really gets into your head.
Third is a really unusual album, but a great one. I don't listen to it very often as I have to be in the mood, but when I am I am struck by how good it is. It's haunting and atmospheric. I recommend this album - give it a chance to grow on you and you might be pleasantly surprised.
3. Nylon Smile
4. The Rip
6. We Carry On
7. Deep Water
8. Machine Gun
10. Magic Doors
Summary: Third album from Portishead