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ThirdPortishead return from a 10-year hiatus eager to stretch beyond the blunted ''trip-hop'' genre that the U.K. trio helped pioneer in the '90s. A few tracks...ThirdElectronicPortishead return from a 10-year hiatus eager to stretch beyond the blunted ''trip-hop'' genre that the U.K. trio helped pioneer in the '90s. A few tracks...2008-04-18
Beth Gibbons, Portishead

(Eva Vermandel)

B+

Third

Genre: Electronic; Status: In Season

Portishead return from a 10-year hiatus eager to stretch beyond the blunted ”trip-hop” genre that the U.K. trio helped pioneer in the ’90s. A few tracks on Third move at faster tempos (”Silence,” ”We Carry On”), smoky jazz samples are complemented by metallic synth riffs, and turntable scratching has been omitted entirely. As a result, Beth Gibbons’ spectral vocals linger atop eerie, warped pulses of music to create a swirl of melancholia. Third is indeed a less immediately accessible effort than Portishead’s more groove-oriented earlier work, but it’s no less gorgeous. B+
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Originally posted April 18 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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