Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mojo
    It's among the best albums ever made. [Nov 2002, p.92]
  2. That Out of Season leaves an imprint, and a powerfully lasting one at that, is a testament to Gibbons’ carefully sculpted lyrics and her vocal interpretation of same, combined with Webb’s unobtrusive but no less vital studio work.
  3. Out Of Season is both a remarkable record of beautiful music, and an outstanding, awe-inspiring performance inducing near-irresistible feelings and sensations. This album is a sublime example of the art of the singer, and of the art of music.
  4. Out of Season creates a dreamily sinister otherworld that's both vintage and timeless. [Amazon UK review]
  5. The icing on the cake is in the little details.
  6. Gibbons is a charismatic presence, her golden howl and misery-inflected tone recalling a cross between Billie Holiday and a demented Edith Piaf.
  7. This is adult music in the best sense of the phrase, emotionally sophisticated and uncompromising both in intent and delivery.
  8. Out Of Season makes Portishead's remarkable innovations sound like so much extra baggage to Gibbons' voice.
  9. Filter
    "Autumnal" is the word everybody wants to use to describe this record, but that's wrong.... Out of Season has much mor eto do with winter than it does with anything so tame as the fall. [#8, p.106]
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    The songwriting isn't always as artful as the renderings. Yet, like Beck's Sea Change, it cultivates a seamless, sumptuous melancholy. [Listen 2 This supplement, Dec 2002, p.32]
  11. Spin
    It's a set of torch songs to do Nico proud--some folkie, some neo-soul, all darker than your closet at midnight. [Oct 2003, p.113]
  12. On Out of Season, Gibbons' voice takes the spotlight. There's a quivery sound, similar to Billie Holiday's, which gets lost amid Portishead's stops and starts.
  13. Q Magazine
    Another like this and people will struggle to remember she was ever in another band. [Dec 2002, p.98]
  14. Uncut
    Quietly devastating. [Dec 2002, p.131]
  15. While it indeed works wonders in most places, it stumbles in a few, crossing over into an almost sickenly sweet radio-friendly territory that make me doubly wish for new Portishead material.
  16. The Wire
    Some of Out Of Season's lyrics are almost too impossibly idealistic and airy fairy to carry off. [#226, p.54]
  17. Magnet
    Gibbons' craft is making her desperate drama believable and compelling.... [But] the lack of memorable tunes is Gibbons' worst affliction. [#61, p.96]
  18. Gibbons's failure to leave the likes of "And I only hear/Only hear the rain" and "Time is but a memory" in her notebook suggests one limitation of her songcraft.
  19. Blender
    Out Of Season's usefulness as ambience almost trumps its self-importance and paucity of standout material. [Dec 2003, p.136]
  20. Urb
    Disarmingly intimate. [Dec 2003, p.87]
  21. Replace crackling vinyl and subwoofer bass with somber piano and mournful cello, and all you're left with is... well, a pretty goddamn miserable woman who happens to have a great voice.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. HeikkiH
    Sep 27, 2005
    Truly amazing.
  2. JulieD
    Oct 10, 2004
  3. crushc
    Dec 11, 2003
    while undoubtedly more listenable than most things released in the US this fall, out of season is nonetheless dull. stripped of all while undoubtedly more listenable than most things released in the US this fall, out of season is nonetheless dull. stripped of all production, gibbon's songwriting falls flat and the songs lack vitality. she handles her voice well, but the record really just fades into the background. none of the album sticks with me, despite repeated, dedicated listenings. Full Review »