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Old 02.18.2017, 10:52 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by h8kurdt
I was only thinking about them the other day. Crazy that it's nearly ten years since Third came out. Is there even any news of them doing anything new?

This is the last thing I saw:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...bute-to-jo-cox

I know Geoff Barrow has been busy with BEAK>, and doing scores for Alex Garland movies (a new one, for ANNIHILATION, based on a FUCKED UP horror book I love, will be out his year).

But it seems as though Portishead might just be over. Or, possibly, dine with new albums. They'll probably do some legacy touring at some point. But think about it, when Third came out, we'd been waiting for a new studio record for 11 goddamn years. During that time, the album went though a number of phases and gestations, and new about it was leaking as early as 2001/02.

Now it's been another decade of silence, but there's been no mention of a new album. None that I can remember. Nothing. Zip.

Fucking shame, really. Third is the gold standard for "comeback" albums. Nobody's ever done it better. I thought it would be IMPOSSIBLE for Portishead to make a viable, successful and challenging album during a period when "trip-hop" was a fucking insult. But they reduced their sound down to its basest elements and built it back up, creating something that not only met but EXCEEDED expectations.

That's right. Even though I grew up with Dummy (which was, essentially, the proto-Ok Computer, before Radiohead itself was even at Bends-level, in that it was the defining opus of British art-electronic), and had my mind blown by Portishead's wicked, wicked self-titled album, I actually think Third is better than BOTH by far.

Not even A Tribe Called Quest pulled it off so well. Not GY!BE. Not even my beloved Aphex Twin. (Sorry, SYRO, you're awesome but you're no Third.)

Sad...
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