Third full length from the UK trip hop powerhouse. It's been awhile since we last stocked this album. Here's what we had to say when we first picked the album up: I know you've all been waiting for another installment from our favorite downtempo/trip hop trio Portishead. Well, here it is! And we only had to wait like 10 years. Like many of you I'm sure, I was in middle school when Dummy came out. When I heard it I was in love. Their whole sound was so unique and unlike anything else at the time. Even still, no one really does what they do. You can put them in whatever box you want, but I think ultimately they stand alone. When I first listened to Third I guess I was expecting/hoping it to sound exactly like their other records. It doesn't. But the more I listen to it, the more I realize it has all the elements of what we already love about them, it's just presented differently. The beats are actually more sparse, but almost with an industrial/metallic sound. Not like NIN industrial, so don't freak out. It just doesn't have that certain smoothness that came with their earlier stuff. Check out "Hunter," "Rip" or "Nylon Smile" if you want start out with something familiar. But then please, branch out. Listen to the whole thing. It will grow on you.
- music label: Mercury 2008
reviewed by RikRok 04/2008