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Out of Season [UK Release]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Out of Season plays to Beth Gibbons' strengths as a vocalist and songwriter more than anything released prior by Portishead. On both Dummy and Portishead, her pained, worn, resilient voice was often made to sound as if it was as much an artifact as the Isaac Hayes and Lalo Schifrin samples. That voice of hers was perfectly suited for the backing provided by her bandmates, but more than a few wondered if it would sound even more perfect -- or in a better setting, naked and completely central -- if it were supported by the type of folk, jazz, and R&B recordings it could've been plucked from in the first place. That "what if" is answered with this album, made by Gibbons ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Out of Season plays to Beth Gibbons' strengths as a vocalist and songwriter more than anything released prior by Portishead. On both Dummy and Portishead, her pained, worn, resilient voice was often made to sound as if it was as much an artifact as the Isaac Hayes and Lalo Schifrin samples. That voice of hers was perfectly suited for the backing provided by her bandmates, but more than a few wondered if it would sound even more perfect -- or in a better setting, naked and completely central -- if it were supported by the type of folk, jazz, and R&B recordings it could've been plucked from in the first place. That "what if" is answered with this album, made by Gibbons in collaboration with Paul Webb, several of his fellow Talk Talk alums, and numerous others. Brass, strings, reeds, organs, acoustic guitar, double bass, and lightly brushed drums are all part of the mix, which never threatens to take the spotlight away from Gibbons. The lyrical themes aren't much of a departure for the singer, who contemplates the passing of time and her love/hate relationship with existence throughout -- one song opens with "God knows how I adore life," and then one song later, she's "So tired of life." The icing on the cake is in the little details, like the sly Carol Kaye imitation snuck in by bassist Adrian Utley during "Romance" and the way the background vocals discreetly drift in and out, alternating between serene and spooky. The sticker that came affixed to the disc contains a quote that proclaims this to be one of the best albums of all time. While that is a stretch, there's no denying that the quote below that one -- "Quietly devastating" -- is 100 percent accurate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 044006657424
  • Catalog Number: 066574
  • Sales rank: 70,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mysteries (4:39)
  2. 2 Tom the Model (3:41)
  3. 3 Show (4:26)
  4. 4 Romance (5:09)
  5. 5 Sand River (3:48)
  6. 6 Spider Monkey (4:10)
  7. 7 Resolve (2:51)
  8. 8 Drake (3:54)
  9. 9 Funny Time of Year (6:48)
  10. 10 Rustin Man (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beth Gibbons Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
John Barclay Flugelhorn
Martyn Barker Percussion, Conga
Mark Berrow Violin
Clive Deamer Drums, Timpani
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Andy Findon Alto Flute
Pete Glenister Acoustic Guitar
Leo Green Horn Section
Lee Harris Percussion, Drums
Nick Ingman Conductor
Martin Loveday Cello
Neill MacColl Acoustic Guitar, Ebo
Lorraine McIntosh Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti Vibes
Adrian Utley Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, Ebo, Guitar (Baritone)
Paul Webb Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Violin
Mary Scully Double Bass
Ben Chappell Cello
Peter Lale Viola
Mitchell John Background Vocals
Gary Baldwin Organ
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Eddie Roberts Violin
Bruce White Viola
John Baggot Piano, Wurlitzer
Philip Dukes Viola
Perry Mason Violin
Jonathan Tunnell Cello
Warren Zielinski Violin
Matt Holland Horn Section
Rachael Brown Background Vocals
Joy Rose Background Vocals
Nina Robertson Alto Flute
Lurine Cato Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Simon Edwards Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Nick Ingman Orchestration
Adrian Utley Producer, Engineer
Paul Webb Arranger, Producer
Beth Gibbons Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Frank Arkwright Mastering
Andy Montgomery Engineer
Niven Garland Producer, Engineer
Phill Brown Engineer
Neil Perry Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still The Same, Worth Every Breath

    Beth's voice was the primary attraction to Portishead for me. This cd delivers everything I could have hoped for and more. The surroundings maybe a little different but Beth has still got the goods.

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