Saturday, January 9, 2010
Ah, this album is one of those rare albums that everyone should listen to no matter who you are. I first heard Third back in 08 when it came out with no idea who Portishead was I was a junior in high school at the time and I remember going to this online store I went to daily called Art N Water and the song "Machine Gun" instantly got my attention, I mean what teenager in love with a heavy bass and harsh sounding drums wouldn't be completely consumed by the song...Over the summer of 09 I got the album and listened to the other songs, and realized that this was a complete masterpiece I mean Portishead takes a 10yr hiatus and comes back with this? I guess "PATIENCE is the mother of Beautiful Art" My favorites off this album are Hunter,Plastic,MachineGun,Carry On,Thread my top song has to be Hunter..Everyday I turn offf my lights turn my speakers to mass and let the intense emotional bass of this song rattle my windows and heart its quite soothing with a bit of tea. I recommend this album to anyone building a "BEST ALBUMS ON EARTH COLLECTION"
Wiki SaysOn 2 October 2007, Portishead stated that the new album Third had been mixed and was nearly complete, and was due for release in early April 2008. The release was later pushed to April 28. On 8 and 9 December 2007, the band curated the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Minehead, England. The festival featured their first full live sets in nearly 10 years. They premiered five tracks from the new album: "Silence", "Hunter", "The Rip", "We Carry On", and "Machine Gun". On 21 January 2008, a European tour to support the album was announced, together with a headline spot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 26 April 2008,their only U.S date on the tour.
Third was made available on Last.fm the week before release, attracting 327,000 listeners in just under 24 hours. It was the first time Last.fm had made an album available before its official release date. The album was released on 29 April 2008 to coincide with the band's appearance at Coachella. On 29 May 2008, Portishead's Geoff Barrow realised a "boyhood fantasy" when Chuck D of Public Enemy joined the band onstage at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona. He contributed a freestyle rap over Portishead's single "Machine Gun".