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Third

Artist: Portishead

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  A masterpiece, although it does its best not to let you know

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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.

  Yes, it's different, but it's still great.

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I concede that as some of the detractors of this album claim, it IS a noticeable departure from their previous two albums in terms of sound, but in many more ways it is the clear progression from those works, and a worthy successor. As someone else has stated; it will perhaps take a while to grow accustomed to the changes, but once your ear is adapted I don't think anyone should feel alienated by the content herein. In short; give it a go, 'cause it IS still Portishead, albeit evolved, not radicalised.

  has it lost it. yes but still amazing

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portishead, have they lost their title of music to have sex to? yeah but isnt this album just a piece of art. got to love it. anyone that thinks they have made a wrong move with this is very very wrong.

  Not the Portishead we all know, but nevertheless amazing

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After listening to this album a few times, i cant help but hear shades of Nine Inch Nails, Neurosis, Bjork, 60s Film score music and the Terminator soundtrack with Beth Gibbons vocals over it. Yeah strange comparison, but thats what it reminds me of, in many places. This is in my opinion is a rather diverse album that doesnt stick to a single Genre, and whilst it will probably alienate trip hop purists, i think its incredibly sombe and melancholy, Amazing Album, Fast becoming my favourite Portishead offering, dare i say its better than Dummy.

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  SMofSurrey will eat his/her words

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...it seems as though plenty of people have a problem with the fact that this album isn't as accessible as previous efforts. But like all great music, it takes a while to seep in before it grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you along with it.
Portishead have re-imagined themselves in much the same way Radiohead tore up their own rulebook, dropping the wailing guitar workout's for glitchy electronica and risking hordes of fans in the process. It was a risky move but was well worth the wait. This is a cracking album that demands repeated listens.

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  their 'uneasy listening album'

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'music to murder people', 'apocalypse music' and 'the soundtrack of nightmares' are just two descriptions of 'Third' that i have heard recently. people expecting 'Dummy: Pt 2' will be disappointed. this album is the sound of Portishead bludgeoning 'Dummy' to death with clubs.

opener 'Silence' is a frantic driving beast, yet melancholic and minimalist which eventually ends abruptly, giving way to 'Hunter' - the track that fully epitomises the above description 'soundtrack to nightmares' as it shifts and morphs from calm to urgent and back again and again.

'The Rip' offers seemingly some respite after the dark frantic opening trinity of tracks. a fairly straight forward acoustic based song but, before it accelerates and merges with the rest of the album.

'We Carry On' - arguably the album's finest track, is the most brutal thing Portishead have ever recorded. Beth's vocal convey a mood of urgency and impending doom. perfectly marshalled by the throbbing bass and tribal drums, the punctuations of trashy violent guitar help to usher in the Apocalypse. you will not hear this on mainstream pop radio.

although less menacing than 'We Carry On', 'Machine Gun' picks up and carries the same sense of impending doom, adding sinister rifle-burst-esque beats to the mix. its one of the more radio-friendly tracks on the album, which isnt very radio-friendly at all.

throughout proceedings, the album is punctuated with mellower moments such as 'Small' and 'Deep Water'. it varies the mood of the album, offering the listener more than just ultraviolence.

overall, i believe this album to be their best. its probably their most difficult album, but on repeated listens, patient listeners will reap the benefits. this is an album which is too brutal and uneasy to listen to as often as 'Dummy', but easily has much more depth.

  Heavy and light

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Worth the wait. After their brilliant debut "Dummy" the self-titled second album had a bit too much crackle for me. If I wanted crackly records I would not keep replacing worn vinyl with cds.
A mixture of heavy and light moments in perfect balance. Kept me listening from the first opening sample through to the deep bass at the end of "Threads".
Highlights? Every track. Favourites? Nylon Smile for the beat, The Rip for the melody, We Carry On for the synths and beats, Deep Water for it's twee charm, Machine Gun for it's ominous threatening sounds, Small as a counterpoint to Machine Gun, and finally Threads for closing the album in a very satisfying way.
The other tracks ? Loved them all. Buy it.

  Self indulgent drivle

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I am a massive Portishead fan, and no week goes by without me playing at least one of their tracks. However this is utter tripe. If you have never heard them, go and buy their first two albums right now. But this is so bad I threw it staright in the bin! Dont buy it.

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  Superb

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Deep,moody and dark...Third improves with every listen.
After all these years they have evolved to a new sound while retaining what made them 1 of the most credible bands of the 1990's.

All i can say is i was expecting to be dissapointed as i held Portishead in such high regard but i could not be happier with Third its all i hoped and more.

  yee ha!

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This is recognisably Portishead, but with a strong feel of 60's psychadelia (think White Rabbit, Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive) with more than a whiff of Enio Moricone, Exploded, squished, processed, and mashed up. The kind of experimental territory that Tricky used to inhabit at his most far out (and best!).
Strangely not for Portishead fans perhaps, but for those who relish something fresh, new, odd, disturbing, haunting, edgy, and even avant-garde, a winner.