Originally posted by rbmorris
Anybody listened yet?
What did you think?
I often listen to as many as sixteen albums a day. There's a backlog that never seems to go away. If some music doesn't have the necessary elbows, it doesn't necessarily get a second listen, especially pop-rock-etc. (unless it's by artists I know well and who I have found to make music that grows on me).
Portishead "3" is tossed onto this rather unforgiving conveyor belt and ends up getting 3 or 4 consecutive spins, and a second dose the next day, even with all this other stuff champing at the bit. It's dark and swirling, emotionally bleak, and decidedly odd in places. Some of the arrangements are exquisitely simple and sparse (reminded me of Low in that respect) and there's a real mix of textures and tones. Some very dirty, gritty sounds - some shuddering beats here and there - some very desolate lyrics and vocal lines. A musicologist in 100 years from now wouldn't be able to date it, I reckon ("er...somewhere between "1968 and 2012" perhaps"
). The overall mood makes me think of smack. Although it's also utterly beautiful in places.
Portishead's 1st album was a seminal work, most would agree. As for their 2nd, I just remember there only being a couple of tracks on it that ever earned a place on compilation tapes I used to like to make in those days. This one seems really quite uncompromising, more alternative
than its predecessors (whatever that might mean). It's less likely to enjoy commercial success. Nor is it going to feature heavily on dance floors. I'm listening to it right now as I type and I realise: 7 or 8 spins and I have not had my fill of this one yet.