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Portishead are a band from Bristol, England, named after the nearby town of the same name, 12 miles (19 km) west of Bristol.
The band was formed in Bristol, UK in 1991, by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. After releasing a short film (To Kill a Dead Man) and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat Records.
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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0016HNOXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Portishead's Third has been a long time coming, the result of a lengthy creative torpor following 1997's dark, distinctly underrated album Portishead. Importantly, though, they've shaken it. While the core trio of Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, and Adrian Utley remains, this is quite a different band to Portishead's 90s incarnation: gone is the slo-mo turntable scratching and smoky jazz feel, replaced by heavy, brooding rhythms, vintage-sounding electronics, and spindly guitar. Still present, though, is that sense of emotional fracture and deep gloom. "Silence" opens with a dense drum loop which suddenly falls away to reveal Gibbons' voice, cold but magnificent: "Wounded and afraid, inside my head/Falling through changes". "Nylon Smile", meanwhile, is a fine example of Third's occasional folksy edge, an acoustic song reminiscent of Leonard Cohen that, around its midpoint, lifts off on a propulsive electronic rhythm, Gibbons holding one clear, hard note as synthesisers bubble beneath. At times, it's a harsh and foreboding listen: the electronic drums of "Machine Gun" might put off the listener hoping for smooth dinner party fare. But Third is a brave and forward-thinking return, and one great enough to justify its lengthy gestation. --Louis Pattison

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Hugely anticipated 2008 from the UK Electronic outfit. It's been ten long years since PNYC and the wait is over! Third is the 2008 album from Portishead. They are a trip-hop group from Bristol, England, named after the nearby town of the same name. 11 tracks.

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255 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third April 29, 2008
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"We really wanted to sound like ourselves but not sound like ourselves. It was always going to be difficult." - Geoff Barrow, Pitchfork Media interview, Apr. 7, 2008.

Geoff Barrow and the rest of Portishead had every reason in the world to feel this way. When Dummy debuted in 1994, it didn't sound like anything else and wasn't even expected to sell 50,000 copies. It's hard to believe in this day and age, but Dummy's dark, torchy pop punctuated with hip-hop beats and swimming in a sea of bass had never before been co-opted by anyone--not even Massive Attack, who had approached trip-hop from more of a dance perspective. It blew up, sparking a trip-hop genesis in alt-rock circles looking for a viable (and similarly angst-ridden) alternative to grunge, especially in the States. Now, of course, Dummy's sound is everywhere, from the umpteen upstart trip-hop bands that subsequently appeared to spy films, cocktail parties and massage therapy commercials. So we would be forgiven for not being bowled over by Dummy today, and Portishead would be forgiven for wanting to distance themselves from it.

When last we heard from Portishead, it seemed as though they were packing it in for good, leaving us with a slightly less fresh self-titled album in 1997 and a live recording at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom in 1998 before retreating into the shadows. Always something of an enigma and quite shy of the press, it was left to us to assume that Portishead was frustrated with how their crown jewel had been assimilated and watered-down, and that they were too daunted by the challenge that Barrow mentioned above to record a third album: How do you sound like yourself and not sound like yourself? All of which makes Third--a record that wasn't even supposed to exist--such a cryptically dazzling triumph.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO "DUMMY"... May 9, 2008
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...I've waited a good solid week of listening to the new Portishead "Third" before diving into the review. That's to say, its been almost a non-stop solid listen for me...while I'm finding it be a rather difficult task to eject from the CD player...hasn't been since the release of Radiohead's "Kida" that I've found anything quite as artistically embracing and sensually orgasmic as "Third."

Nah! "Third" is no "Dummy" nor it is a replication of the self-titled release...this is a band that is too intellect to do the same thing twice and too far removed from the media to give a toss, as admitted by Geoff Barrow in a recent SG interview. For those who were expecting a "dance" album--toss that one out!!!

No, Portishead is not a dance-music making band! As "Dummy" might have helped to define "trip-hop"--it had its gleeful soulful moments, enriched with periodically sampling. Happy music?!? When has Portishead ever put out a bouncy Celion Dion whimsy of inspirational "white" fluff for the masses?

But, it's not all about the gloom on "Third," as the seductive-pulp sounding ballad "Hunter" sedates the listener with the lines: "...and if should fall will you hold me? Will you pass me?"--a brilliant love song. Likewise, "Nylon Smile" carries on writing the same sweet-heart letter that cries: "I don't know what I've done to deserve you/and don't know what I'll do without you..." "The Rip" on the other hand is a rather vibrant colorful mellow humming, creating a visual sensation like staring into a kaleidescope and slowly turning the dial as the tempo gradually glides into a colorful rose-pedal of colors--perhaps the most "upbeat" blissful moment of the album.

"Third" is by far the most studio-experimental release that Portishead has created YET.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portishead's Third - At Long Last, They're Back! April 29, 2008
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The last few years have been really good to me in terms of new music that I can listen to, but no group has been able to fill the void left by the absence of Portishead for way too long. That's why, like so many fans, I have been salivating over this album ever since I heard they were working on it. In fact I've been playing the Dummy and Portishead albums almost continuously over the past 3 days before I got a hold of this. :)

Well, I listened to teasers and clips and then when I got my paws on my copy of Third I listened to it over and over. I am very happy to be hearing Portishead again. Sure, if I was forced to compare, I would have to say that `Dummy' still has no equal among their three studio albums and their other stuff too. Still, this album is more experimental but isn't as far off as I thought it was going to be based upon the initial reviews I read. This album is a winner for me. It only took 4 listens for it to really grow on me. At least now I know that they are working on more stuff, and I have no doubt that they will continue to produce great music as long as they keep making new stuff.

They put out several teaser tracks over the past year that ended up making it on the album. `Machine Gun' is one of those tracks, and it will undoubtedly be one of the first singles. It just has a lot of mainstream appeal relative to other stuff on the album. Something about that constant machine gun background that fits so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I don't really know how to describe this album. Long time fans may be taken back by this album at first, but if you give it a chance you'll find Third to be as immensely enjoyable... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr Foss
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh...
I love Portishead's signature sounds... this cd does not capture what I fell in love with. I'm glad to have it in my collection, but this cd sucks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WiTeBoi
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and sad
I finally got this, years after release, because I listened to it then and hated it, but it's Portishead and I have everything of theirs, even the live performance DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cornelius Fortinbras III
5.0 out of 5 stars Portishead's uniqueness shines
It may not hold the catchy songs of their first album but this album is something great in its own right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice for a weekend with friends or quiet get together
Moby always lead to having a lot of friends over and enjoying a nice Huka. Seriously a classic for anyone from the last decade that just wants to hang out.
Published 3 months ago by P. Sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Your'e Losing Money if You DON'T Buy This...
This is one of the few records (that has been produced in recent years) that actually makes sense playing on vinyl. The tones on this record sound great! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grant loughran
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugly and disappointing
Since releasing Dummy in 1994, Portishead's mission statement with new material seems to be "deeper, darker. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds strangely good in slow-mo
Granted I would not recommend the whole album to most people since the style of music can be rather long drawn out and boring for most people. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zhanrui
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Sound
This release for Portishead sounds a little different than than stuff they've put out previously. Takes some listening to let it settle in, but it's great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Just plain good - if you like this group you will like this CD - mostly dark and serious music
Published 6 months ago by GEO
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