Monday, April 14, 2008
The new Portishead album is quite different from their previous stuff. Yet at the same time, it's unmistakably Portishead. Overall the sound is more empty, industrial and futile sounding than their previous work.

Unlike the first two albums, Third doesn't open strongly. Both Cowboys and Mysterions are immediately hummable and catchy. But Silence doesn't have a hook, or really even a clear sense of direction. The vocals don't even enter until you're over two minutes into the song.

Actually I'm too sleepy to type the rest of my thoughts on this, so I will just say that my favorite songs are Hunter, Plastic, and We Carry On. A friend also says that We Carry On is the strongest track on the album so far, so give that one a shot first.