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Out of Season [US Bonus Track]
     

Out of Season [US Bonus Track]

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by Beth Gibbons
 

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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

Overview

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. [The U.S. version, issued nearly a year after the album's initial release, adds a live cover of the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says"; the video for "Mysteries" is also included.]

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Chris Morris
A superb excursion that will go down especially well in the wee small hours of the soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768464827
catalogNumber:
84648

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Gibbons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocoder
John Barclay   Flugelhorn
Mark Berrow   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Clive Deamer   Drums,Timpani
Mark Feltham   Percussion,Conga
Pete Glenister   Acoustic Guitar
Leo Green   Horn Section
Lee Harris   Percussion,Drums
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Martin Loveday   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Neill MacColl   Background Vocals
Lorraine McIntosh   Background Vocals
Marilyn Powell   Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti   Vibes
Adrian Utley   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Ebo,Tremolo Bass
Paul Webb   Percussion,Piano,Trombone,Accordion,Keyboards
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Peter Lale   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Gary Baldwin   Harmonica
Patrick Kiernan   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Eddie Roberts   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Bruce White   Viola,Performing Ensemble
John Baggot   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Philip Dukes   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Perry Mason   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Tunnell   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Warren Zielinski   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Matt Holland   Horn Section
Rachael Brown   Background Vocals
Joy Rose   Background Vocals
Sam Webb   Percussion
Christopher Tombling   Violin,Performing Ensemble
David Woodcock   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Simon Edwards   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Phil Brown   Engineer
Nick Ingman   Strings Orchestrator
Adrian Utley   Producer,Engineer
Paul Webb   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Beth Gibbons   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andy Montgomery   Engineer
Steve McNichol   Programming
Neil Perry   Engineer

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Out of Season [UK Release] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.