Portishead - Third (THE POLL)

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Rip 13
Machine Gun 9
We Carry On 7
Magic Doors 3
Threads3
Hunter 2
Silence 2
Plastic 1
Nylon Smile 1
Deep Water 0
Small 0


van smack, Saturday, 17 May 2008 02:07 (eleven years ago) link

I'm going with "The Rip"

van smack, Saturday, 17 May 2008 02:09 (eleven years ago) link

I guess this is a good time to share a video I made for one of my classes a couple weeks ago...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm5mXG7MAs8

Bus Driver Stu, Saturday, 17 May 2008 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

"the rip" even though i love every song on this album

Professor Respect, Saturday, 17 May 2008 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

We Carry On.

chap, Saturday, 17 May 2008 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

I think my other favorites (The Rip, We Carry On, Machine Gun) will get enough votes, so I'm going with "Magic Doors" -- easily the most underrated song here.

stephen, Saturday, 17 May 2008 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

The one with the 'wuppa wuppa' and 'shk shk' sounds

seriously, though, "The Rip." The whole album is great though

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 17 May 2008 18:01 (eleven years ago) link

Nevermind, I'm actually gonna go with "Threads" - Portishead goes stoner rock and Beth Gibbons on guitar!

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 17 May 2008 18:02 (eleven years ago) link

popular choice, but yeah, "We Carry On"

Mackro Mackro, Saturday, 17 May 2008 18:09 (eleven years ago) link

My favorite song changes just about each time I listen to it, but for now it's "Silence".

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 May 2008 19:39 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

The Rip is the only track i love.

jed_, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:36 (eleven years ago) link

I like this album a lot, but I haven't really learned to separate the songs on it.

The Reverend, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

I still don't know what half of'em are called!

"Machine Gun" was my gateway, so my favorite song it will remain.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:47 (eleven years ago) link

Voted "Machine Gun", but "Silence", "We Carry On", "The Rip" all seem like good choices.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:48 (eleven years ago) link

i think The Rip is the only one where they seemed to achieve what they wanted, the rest seems either half arsed or predictable to me. a track like Nylon Smile seems particularly tossed off - the ending that's presumably supposed to sound devastating but just sounds anaemic. even The Rip doesn't achieve its potential; that way too premature fade out. We Carry On is great but it's so predictably miserable that part of me just want to laugh.

jed_, Friday, 23 May 2008 00:04 (eleven years ago) link

actually, fuck that, Machine Gun is immense.

jed_, Friday, 23 May 2008 00:17 (eleven years ago) link

Dude jed, I think you listen to "Small", "Magic Doors" and "Threads" again.

HI DERE, Friday, 23 May 2008 02:37 (eleven years ago) link

well 'Hunter' will get ignored here but it's so dreamy I'm votin it

blueski, Friday, 23 May 2008 11:15 (eleven years ago) link

Machine Gun gives the chills.

call all destroyer, Friday, 23 May 2008 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 23 May 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

Damn, still stuck between "Silence", "The Rip", and "Machine Gun".

The Reverend, Friday, 23 May 2008 23:45 (eleven years ago) link

i would have voted for The Rip had i seen this poll.

rockapads, Saturday, 24 May 2008 03:06 (eleven years ago) link

I would have voted for any of them had I heard the album before today.

Rob M v2, Saturday, 24 May 2008 10:33 (eleven years ago) link

it's taken me a long time to get round to hearing this. it's fucking immense. but still: "machine gun" would have got my vote all the same.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 24 May 2008 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

aw I should have voted for "Small"

HI DERE, Saturday, 24 May 2008 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

the rip is still so amazing

this whole album rules

Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) link

yes it does

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:12 (eight years ago) link

like sometimes "album of the year" buzz albums seem kind a diminished after the excitement wears off and stuff but i think this sounds even better now

Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:22 (eight years ago) link

The entire sequence from "We Carry On" until the end is so unimpeachably great that it obscures how great the front half of the album is (for me, anyway).

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:24 (eight years ago) link

yeah the whole thing flows so great...magic doors is gorgeous

Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:25 (eight years ago) link

YES I was saying that for weeks and I feel like people were so in love with "The Rip" and then so worn out by "We Carry On", "Machine Gun" and "Small" that "Magic Doors" didn't get the love it deserved, but in many ways I think it's the song that ties that whole second half together.

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:27 (eight years ago) link

OK fine -- I'll play this again tonight.

No pressure.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:28 (eight years ago) link

xpost -- As well you should. So should I.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:28 (eight years ago) link

It is actually kind of fascinating how qualitatively different the sound palette on this album is from Dummy and Portishead, yet listening to the three albums in succession really gives you a strong sense of the natural progression these albums go through.

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:31 (eight years ago) link

(by which I mean, a lot of the shock tied to the experience of listening to this album is lessened if you go back to "Cowboys" or "Humming")

(not that anything they've done really sounds like "Machine Gun")

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:35 (eight years ago) link

Definitely agree that this is an album that has got even better over time. It's the album I still listen to the most from 2008 and easily my favourite album of the theirs.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:35 (eight years ago) link

btw can I just

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HdIuusx2l0

I would like to have this band follow me around and be my theme music

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:39 (eight years ago) link

yes this album is pretty fantastic

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:40 (eight years ago) link

yeah i was so wrong about this record, it's fantastic. although i was correct that the rip should go on for another 3 minutes at least.

jed_, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:45 (eight years ago) link

I have come to adore the little mood oasis that is "Deep Water"

also I think I've played "Small" more than any other song on this album, largely because I'm still trying to figure out that incredibly dissonant harmony part

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:47 (eight years ago) link

also I'd forgotten about this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCGTCUBKeos&feature=related

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:49 (eight years ago) link

My attachment to this album is purely for its formal qualities; Portishead's ethos leaves me cold. It's the most assured realization of that ethos to date.

I was reminded last night when I played Marsha Ambrosius' version of "Sour Times" how much the older material just sounds bleh.

YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT NOW

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:53 (eight years ago) link

I WILL TOTALLY VIRTUALFIGHT YOU OVER THIS BAND

also this version isn't very good, the song doesn't really work on a more assured voice

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:53 (eight years ago) link

I mean, the day I find this to be bleh is the day that I die:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP_yHOPt7U4&feature=related

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:57 (eight years ago) link

wait that was a weird edit, I should have listened before I posted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPHKGtVLBM8

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 22:59 (eight years ago) link

I love this album, didn't really appreciate it completely when it was released.

Deep Water btw is a ripoff (actually a hommage since they admit it) of Tonight You Belong to Me (made famous by Steve Martin in The Jerk)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8NuFAETMQ

Moka, Thursday, 7 April 2011 09:34 (eight years ago) link

Tricky covered the "If you lika me" song from Man With Two Brains. Bristolian trip hoppers love Steve Martin.

Pop is superior to all other genres (DL), Thursday, 7 April 2011 09:45 (eight years ago) link

I mean, you are, but.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:36 (seven years ago) link

aiming "Machine Gun" effects at you

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:38 (seven years ago) link

I can't imagine the vocals being done any other way. The way Beth switches from fragile to cute to strained desperation to fury, all within a piano to mezzo-piano dynamic range, is breathtaking to me as a singer; the fact that she finds so many different shades, colors and emotions in her voice without ever really getting loud is mad impressive.

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:40 (seven years ago) link

you know far more about range than I do, and I don't disagree with that. It's me: I have less patience for croakings of despair these days.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:44 (seven years ago) link

YOU ARE SO NOT GOTH wait you never were one never mind

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:49 (seven years ago) link

I love this album, Beth is a champ. Prefer the Beak> record.

nedless summer (Ówen P.), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:30 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

The only time anyone has ever asked me to turn down my headphones was when Third came out and I listening to it on the bus in to work. No one seemed to be bothered until Machine Gun came on. Then I got a tap on my shoulder from a little old lady.

how's life, Friday, 31 May 2013 11:29 (six years ago) link

I dug out the nice Big Box edition of this, the other day.

How great this is.

Mark G, Friday, 31 May 2013 11:37 (six years ago) link

I forgot to mention, I still ride that bus, but I'm at the end of the line now, so after a sufficient number of people had cleared out this morning, I blasted Machine Gun again.

how's life, Friday, 31 May 2013 12:23 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

Small 0

this is still an incredible travesty

imago, Monday, 11 November 2013 21:56 (six years ago) link

yeah i don't understand that at all

call all destroyer, Monday, 11 November 2013 22:18 (six years ago) link

that's madness

smoking, drinking, cracking and showing the MIDDLE FINGER (DJP), Monday, 11 November 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

like, it might be their best song, give or take a strangers or a cowboys

imago, Monday, 11 November 2013 23:26 (six years ago) link

or in certain (cheerful, uplifting) moods a half-day closing

imago, Monday, 11 November 2013 23:26 (six years ago) link

god it seems like this came out YESTERDAY

rip van wanko, Monday, 11 November 2013 23:35 (six years ago) link

I never bothered with this after being so disappointed by the second album (that I was so looking forward to, dummy was soooo much my album of 95). I did not trust my friend when he was raving about 3rd when it came out (he shared many stoned listens of dummy with me in our bedrooms and morocco among other places- that was the glastonbury year) but after reading this thread, I will investigate.

OutdoorFish, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:13 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-mc7D6hs5U&feature=youtu.be

۩, Friday, 25 April 2014 02:52 (five years ago) link

With Beth on vox as you may gather from the title. Pretty stunning.

۩, Friday, 25 April 2014 02:52 (five years ago) link

overly polite

j., Friday, 25 April 2014 03:05 (five years ago) link

What happened to that second Beth Gibbons albums? Sure it was supposed to be coming out late last year.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 25 April 2014 03:10 (five years ago) link

that video is the shit

chillin' on an "awesome pretzel" hoagie (DJP), Friday, 25 April 2014 03:29 (five years ago) link

Is that Black Sabbath the movie?

jmm, Friday, 25 April 2014 03:33 (five years ago) link

according to jjj it is

۩, Friday, 25 April 2014 04:43 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Small 0

this is still an incredible travesty

― imago, Monday, November 11, 2013 3:56 PM (1 year ago)

otmest lj's ever been

j., Friday, 14 November 2014 02:16 (five years ago) link

I need to revisit this album
Boringly, the Rip, all the way.
Just love the way it moves

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Friday, 14 November 2014 17:06 (five years ago) link

this album is still so amazing, heard it last week.

2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Saturday, 15 November 2014 03:10 (five years ago) link

i had an mri done today and parts of it sounded exactly like my memory of 'machine gun'

the only song i care at all abt on this is nylon smile fwiw

johnny crunch, Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:32 (four years ago) link

Hated this album when it came out. I should give it another try.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:34 (four years ago) link

Afert all these years it falls into the admire rather than love camp for me.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:06 (four years ago) link

I still think this album probably works better for people who didn't give much of a shit about Portishead before this album. Because if you'd settled into a comfortable relationship with the band prior to this one, this album is either a welcome progression or a slap in a face.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 21 November 2014 06:13 (four years ago) link

anyone who thinks this album is a slap in the face should listen to the s/t again and stop being silly

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Friday, 21 November 2014 20:48 (four years ago) link

I don't care for the first two albums but Third is great. The Rip is a worthy, if obvious winner though. I kind of wish there was more like that on this album.

Barry Manowar (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 22 November 2014 02:26 (four years ago) link

The Rip is a worthy, if obvious winner though. I kind of wish there was more like that on this album.

You should probably check out the Beth Gibbons and Rusting Man record if you haven't already.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 22 November 2014 14:06 (four years ago) link

I haven't! It never occurred to me to listen to Beth Gibbons solo. I'll give it a listen, thanks

i deeply regret my username (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 22 November 2014 18:56 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

this album is unreal

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:26 (one year ago) link

it sure is. when it was released i was hoping it would signal the beginning of the second epoch of portishead since they came back stronger than ever. alas

Karl Malone, Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link

there was also this subsequent single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5hpnLIswbQ

Third is an incredible album. For all the ballyhooing about them changing their style, it was the smartest move on their part to carry their sound forward and also still make it seem out of time. Favourite moments include the triphop marshal outro of "Hunter", the slow fade-up of drums on "The Rip" and Will Gregory's fractured contribution to "Magic Doors".

Eris (Ross), Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

"small" is so fuckin evil

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

never heard "chase the tear" before, that is good shit

k3vin k., Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link

only one vote for plastic is fuckin criminal

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 1 April 2018 19:42 (one year ago) link

"small" is so fuckin evil

brad otm

j., Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:56 (one year ago) link

Chase the Tear would fit nicely on the last Jane Weaver album.

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link

I interviewed Utley last year as part of my work on the Algiers feature; after we finished, I added a note that I was a huge fan and looking forward to whatever might be coming next. He responded with a laugh and chuckle, so who knows.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 17:12 (one year ago) link

a laugh AND a chuckle can only mean Fourth's imminent arrival

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 April 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

Ha, more like smirk and chuckle but anyway.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 17:25 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

this record is so overwhelming man

k3vin k., Sunday, 7 July 2019 04:12 (four months ago) link

Perfect band, perfect album

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 7 July 2019 19:32 (four months ago) link

This, Slowdive and Double Negative are quite the "comeback" records. All three nearly flawless and career defining.

octobeard, Sunday, 7 July 2019 19:59 (four months ago) link

I was blindsided when it came out; I didn't believe it could be as good as Dummy.

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 July 2019 20:00 (four months ago) link


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