4.5 A masterpiece, although it does its best not to let you know AlexLehmann | 08/07/2008 | See all AlexLehmann's reviews (11) Portishead's latest effort, Third, is probably their most impressive so far. However, it is an album that requires attention from the listeners. Its sound is not immediate, however, repeated listens will reveal layers of emotions and sound, and it sounds better on each listen. To fans of Portishead is familiar, but Portishead also manages to create a completely new sounds which makes Third unique from the rest of their discography. The album is also varied while carrying a constant thread throughout. Some of the songs drone on, with intense beats and jagged guitars. Other flow more and feel softer and very emotional. Gibbson's voice does sound a bit different from the other two albums, but to great effect, and I feel this is her best effort.It might at times be difficult to love, but repeated listens will open the album up, and continues to fascinate.