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The Speed of Sound
The new Portishead album is great, though I don't agree with Pitchfork reviewer Nate Patrin's assertion that the formula for it equals the band's first two records minus trip-hop. I still hear plenty of the Bristol Sound seething underneath the more diverse sonic foliage. But there's also a nod to the dubstep aesthetic that Joel and I discussed at last month's Experience Music Project conference. Some of the tracks foreground speeded-up beats which, in combination with Beth Gibbons' drawn-out vocal phrasings, give Third a tense feel different from their previous albums. "We Carry On" is the most striking example -- listen for yourself -- as well as being a candidate for the best song I've ever heard that makes me feel like my head is about to explode. To borrow from my own take on Burial, it's like Portishead are forcing us to listen for their past in the spaces vacated by the slow throb for which they were justly celebrated. Release is under erasure.

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Muse: Portishead, from the other room, masked -- fittingly -- by a fan

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: May 3rd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh my god I WANT THAT ALBUM.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'll try to bring it tonight.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: May 3rd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
!!!Awesome!! I'm going to get all kinds of awesomeness tonight! I can't wait for my necklace.
letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: May 3rd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love this album! We listened to it as we drove through the snowy sierras last month. It was perfect. Nylon Smile is my favorite track.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh, an advance copy. I avoided getting the record early, because I still fetishize the day-of-release excitement. But I was sorely tempted. Not sure what I like best, but the album is superb as a complete listening experience.
letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: May 3rd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree with waiting. I actually didn't know it was an advance copy at the time. I am way out of the loop these days. C brought it along and we listened to the whole thing as we drove. That music with the scenery was incredible.

I thought I was tired of them after listening to the first album too many times, but I'm in love again...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, that first record is associated with too much champagne drinking and Scrabble for me to remember clearly how I felt at the time. . .

:-)

I know what you mean about being out of touch. Sometimes I've ended up listening to an album before it's out without realizing it.
From: ex_benlinus Date: May 3rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for the song. Badass stuff. I love it when non-musical sounds become super-musical when placed in the right context.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. I keep thinking my phone is ringing when I hear it!
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: May 3rd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks -- GREAT song indeed. Now I'll have to get the album.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's worth it!
sisterblister83 From: sisterblister83 Date: May 3rd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I cannot get over the emotional annihilation of "Machine Gun".
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm with you there. Wow. The whole album gets better with each listen.
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