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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release from Portishead's Beth Gibbons was recorded over 10 years and was produced with James Ford with additional production by Talk Talk's Lee Harris.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
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  1. May 29, 2024
    100
    Across 45 minutes, you will see the bottom of life’s trenches and you will taste the hues of a breaking morning; the dimensions of Gibbons’ anguish will span beyond tone-shifts and compositional glories; you will remember the ache and you will remember exactly how Beth Gibbons sings it.
  2. The Wire
    May 13, 2024
    90
    Timeless and considered, Lives Outgrown is a complete, but still complicated, portrait of the intersection of grief and life. [Jun 2024, p.50]
  3. May 17, 2024
    90
    Lives Outgrown reveals Gibbons' music is only getting richer as the years pass.
  4. May 16, 2024
    80
    On “Lives Outgrown,” Gibbons has matured without becoming complacent.
  5. May 17, 2024
    80
    By design, Lives Outgrown does not have the danceable grooves of Portishead’s music, but fans of the more experimental aspects of Gibbons’s former band should love the album. The orchestral compositions and atmospheric tension paint bleak portraits well-suited for Gibbons’s somber voice. That voice is as good as ever, able to wring drama from each utterance of her poetic tales of loss.
  6. May 17, 2024
    80
    Unlike her 2002 album with Rustin’ Man, Out of Season, she doesn’t turn to the swoop of jazz to impart longing, either. The woody timbres here are most often those of folk, but this is a modern, free ancientness that swings and tumbles (Reaching Out); on For Sale, Raven Bush’s violin looks eastwards.
  7. 70
    The record is described as Gibbons’ “most personal work to date”, dealing with experiences of grief, change, and hopelessness – and it makes for a very conceptually decisive project, with a distinctive vocabulary of motion and stasis, weight and lightness.

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