Third 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… Third 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… 2008-04-29 Portishead Electronic
Music Review

Third (2008)

Beth Gibbons, Portishead | TEN YEARS AFTER Portishead return from a long hiatus with Third
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TEN YEARS AFTER Portishead return from a long hiatus with Third
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 29, 2008; Lead Performance: Portishead; Genre: Electronic

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 Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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