|I saw a saviour, a saviour come my way I thought I'd see it in the cold light of day But now I realize that I'm only for me If only I could see...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Here, the sad sounds aren't quite so soothing, but that human element of Portishead gives them a sense of comfort, just as it intensifies their sense of mystery, for it is the flaws--often quite intentional--that give this an unknowable soul and make Third utterly riveting and endlessly absorbing.
Under The RadarThird concludes with a string of stunners that feature sawing cello, improvisatory bursts of horns, and the most cathartic vocal performance Gibbons has ever set to tape, respectively. [Spring 2008, p.79]
AlanO.May 8, 2008This is a stunning album! To be frank, I am not a Portishead fan...I recognize their history and had ocasionally bumped into their brand of This is a stunning album! To be frank, I am not a Portishead fan...I recognize their history and had ocasionally bumped into their brand of Trip-Hop back in the day which mostly left me dry. This new album is something different. Fans of Jane Siberry, Stina Nordenstam, David Sylvian, Talk Talk, and Mimi Goese take note. The songs are experimental in nature but infused with warm electronics, etheral background shuffles, and stark, introspective lyrics. I have no idea what their traditional fans will make of this...might be a bit challenging. This is a record you have to get to know, spend time with, and ponder. Some definate reference points: Stina Nordenstam -"This is Stina Nordenstam," "When I was a Boy," - Jane Siberry," and "Soak" - by Mimi Goese. Candidate for album of the year hands down...… Expand
JesseShortMay 4, 2008Just keep listening to it. It's not always easy, but what is worthwhile never is.
ArtoS.Jul 29, 2008The most haunting albums of Portishead...brilliantly complicated and emotional...the combination alt-rock+electronic music has never sounded The most haunting albums of Portishead...brilliantly complicated and emotional...the combination alt-rock+electronic music has never sounded so fresh like "Third" does...… Expand
DwongK.May 4, 2008Easily one of the best albums of the year.
TimCMay 29, 2009Simply superb.
marcgApr 29, 2008Good but not great.
PatrickK.May 2, 2008Dull, dull dull! The songs go nowhere. You get a sense they could only stand each other's presence enough to throw some beats together Dull, dull dull! The songs go nowhere. You get a sense they could only stand each other's presence enough to throw some beats together and leave it at that. Where is the songcraft?… Expand
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