It has been been 10 years.
I was a pre-pubescent teen the last time these legends of trip-hop came out with a new album.
Since then its been mere glimpses, from their solo pursuits to covering the serge gainsbourg along the way.
With such a faint and numbing feel to them, its hard to imagine them straying too far from what has brought them such critical acclaim.
Yet, third seems to stem from a separate vein from their first 2 records dummy and portishead.
The image of trip-hop and the musical landscape, with fickle preferences of the people have evolved tremendously over the decade and i dont think you can expect any band to produce the same vibrations after such a long period of time.
Well, its not that Portishead was one to clamor for praise and hope for mainstream loving, but third has definitely shown their evolution thus far.
Portishead have never failed to produce dark, dirty, desolate imagery, with time practically coming to a standstill. Even with a decade of evolution and a different sound, they still manage to do that to me with most tracks from third.
And i applaud them for their ability to produce such an intense vibe with different strokes.
Its been a while and i’m grateful they are back.
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