The Deal: Brit trip-hop band releases third studio album, first in 10 years.
The Good: Portishead hasn't forgotten their past, as the new album falls in line with the others. I always remembered the group as having a sleepy vibe and that continues right from the start with "Silence." "The Rip" starts off slow before kicking in a jumped-up keyboard riff that gets it into a higher gear. There are a lot of good tracks on the album that feel just shy of being fantastic – usually an odd drumbeat or out-of-place riff would take something away or be distracting.
The Bad: Funky drum beats do little to wake you up from the sleepy singing style of Beth Gibbons. Previous singles "Glory Box" and "Sour Times" had a similar vibe, but were catchy enough to sing along to and catch the groove. There's no other way to put it – "We Carry On" has a great beat and good vibe to it, but there's a high-pitched, staccato noise in the background that makes me feel like I'm in that brainwashing scene from A Clockwork Orange.
The Verdict: Fans of the band will be thrilled with the new release. It might have been 10 years, but they took the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach on Third.