Portishead, Third (2008)
I liked Portishead as soon as I heard the debut album. I guess timing was crucial: at university, interested in hearing about (and hearing) the music that drove other people from (potentially) different backgrounds; finding common interests. I just know that I heard a sound I liked instantly. It was – and always is – about the mood for me with Portishead music. So I didn’t care much for the second album. I mean it was okay, but it seemed like more of the same. Then there was that huge gap. Like a lot of people (I imagine) I had all but forgotten about the band. I’d play their albums from time to time but I didn’t really imagine I’d hear a third album from the band. Or that I’d care. And then there was news that a new album – more than a decade after their last – was on its way. I was intrigued. I really liked the album instantly. There were one or two songs that seemed to be there just to remind people of the old Portishead – but it was mostly a new sound. The time off had been fruitful. This was an updated sound (and it needed to be). I was sent a flash vinyl box-set that comes with an art-print, a bonus 12” single, the whole album on a white P-shaped flash-drive and the whole album on double vinyl. I still play this album quite often. There’s a lot to take in, ideas-wise here. And it’s great whenever I play it. The other day I got to interview Adrian Utley from the band – so I was listening to the album beforehand. Then I got to speak with him and he was brilliant; really, really interesting and funny and friendly and he seemed to be digging the chat. And then we were cut off. An automated voice kept repeating itself over the top of course of our conversation; drowning both of us out. He said “can you call me back?” I got half way through saying “sure, what’s your num…” and that was it. Cut off. Abruptly. Just as it was getting really good; settled back, comfortable, digging it. In the groove…Made me think of the first song on Third somewhat cosmically I guess.
Sample Track: The Rip
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