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Out of Season [VINYL]

Rustin Man, Beth Gibbons Vinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (28 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Go Beat
  • ASIN: B00006ZSAC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant masterpiece 2 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
"God knows how I adore life..."
It's difficult to remember a record so perfect in every way. It begins with a 50-second soundscape melting away beneath THAT VOICE. 'Mysteries' sends shivers down the spine, like 'Mojo Pin' (from Jeff Buckley's 'Grace'), it's an opener that fills you with excitement till you're fit-to-burst, flawless, beautiful, majestic, sweeping... and before you can catch your breath it's over. 'Tom The Model' slips into 'Portishead' territory before exploding into a preposterously catchy chorus, and so it continues... There isn't a weak moment or false note on this extraordinary record: Gibbons' shoves and pulls her voice around lilting melodies and trip-hop rhythms, seamlessly shifting from Billie Holiday-stylings to Sandy Denny in successive songs.
'Mojo Magazine' described it as "one of the best albums ever made"- that it lives up to and surpasses such expectations, whilst making today's six-hour train delay not just bearable but a joy, says more about this wonderful album than you could possibly imagine. Please buy this.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solo and Successful with 4 1/2 stars 29 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
After waiting for a new Portishead album for a few years now I was surprised to hear that Beth Gibbons, the lead singer of Portishead, would be releasing a solo album. Her singing style and the accompanying music on Out Of Season are different from her work with Portishead. However, without a doubt the best moments on this album are equal to the best moments of the Portishead albums. I gave it 4 1/2 stars because there are three songs which I think that altough they are good are not worth 5 stars (however, I must state that another fan who also loves the album thinks that two of these songs are the best) but there are a few that are what I would actually call perfect and therefore worth more stars(Spider Monkey, Drake and Funny Time of Year) and others which are near perfect and worth an easy five stars(The Show and Sand river). This album speaks to the process of ageing and the helplessness associated with the finiteness of existence and all of the songs together as a whole speak to these themes. At times I find myself completely absorbed by the sadness and pure beauty of this album. I believe that most Portishead fans will really enjoy it even though it is a bit different than what they are used to from Beth. She brings forward new styles and further demonstrates how wonderful and talented she is on this solo debut. Although I am still anxiously awaiting the new Portishead album, I sincerely hope that this will not be the last solo project from my favorite singer Beth Gibbons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Genius 3 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Only now do we see the way influence really worked in the portishead line up. The sultry magesty that was their live show is somewhat recreated here. While this may make for an instant classic there is much more to out of season than meets the eye. A clever mix of sound and Gibbons own blend ofg eerie yet comforting vocals. Genius!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Rustin Man 30 Oct 2002
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
After five years of silence, erstwhile Portishead singer, Beth Gibbons, brings us a collaboration with ex-Talk Talk bassist, Paul Webb, aka Rustin Man, that ranks as an instant classic. The elements of filmic majesty that set Portishead apart from the rest of the trip hop mob are still apparent in places, but this is a far more sparse album, filled with quiet acoustic beauty.
Gibbons sounds more comfortable here, away from the role of tortured vamp she often played, to perfection, when singing with Portishead.
Out of Season has a rustic, sensual, autumnal, folk ambience, no better displayed than on the opening 'Mysteries', where Gibbons' fragile paean to love and life is gently supported by ethereal choir and guitar.
At times vocally reminiscent of Melanie and Sandy Denny, Gibbons creates a work of unique and timeless beauty. A precious, precious gem.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting album of the year 7 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually listen to albums of the mellow folky variety but this is
my favourite album of the year. "Mysteries" and "Tom The Model"
were already familiar to me from a Jools Holland show performance and both
accessible and quickly grow on you. "Spider Monkey" has a great haunting
melody while "Drake" has a beautifully mournful quality. "Funny Time Of Year"
gradually builds up to almost a rockin' number and then softly fades out. "Rustin Man"
kind of reminds me of The Creatures' "Don't Go To Sleep Without Me"
and the girl behind the radiator's song in David Lynch's "EraserHead".
Very smooth album varying from sparse sound to cool, smooth production
on different songs. Beth Gibbons has a wonderful voice throughout, whether she's being
melancholy or smoky. Quite a gem of an album.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a side-project. 10 Nov 2002
By octophone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a very striking and substantial release and one which manages to create something fresh whilst reminding you of the finest elements of the previous work of both participants. Paul Webb's ambient adventures with O.rang inform the production just as much as the autumnal hues of Talk Talk's "Spirit Of Eden", whilst Gibbons voice remains as frigile and expressive as it does with Portishead, yet also finds new timbres and nuances with which to colour this beautifully orchestrated work. The songs are bewitching and the overall sound of the record very welcoming, although consistantly edgy. If there is a "new folk scene" (and one hopes their isn't....), this must be an essential album for those wishing to explore it. And yet, it's so much more than that. Your word - timeless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Great CD. I had forgotten about this album as i have been going through the Portishead albums on my net radio shows. This is related, so i finally bought it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pauldjreadman
5.0 out of 5 stars no surprise
This album was as i expected from Beth, if you like Portishead then this you have to have. I was introduced to Portishead seven years ago ad have never looked back. A great album.
Published 2 months ago by sweetie
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this
If you like music that has some depth and quality then buy this, it just flows from the first track tom the model and funny time of year two standout tracks...what a voice.
Published 3 months ago by Lampedusa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most uderated Albums ever.
Though I quite like Portishead, that wasn't the reason I bought this album. My reasons may seem odd at first. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Kelvina Footlambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
As usual Beth Gibbons is outstanding on this album. A good mix of tracks, some of which are deeply moving, but perhaps less challenging for some people than her work with... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by Paul Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust and believe.
Item was very far from description(Brand New!) - and after some writing back and forth - a solution was found - and partial refund was made - which was satisfactory.
Published on 15 Feb 2010 by Tolverman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Service
Excellant album, sets the mood perfectly for these autumn nights.

Beths voice is haunting
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by Mr. J. G. Bostock
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like her Portishead stuff
I like the heavy bass and chill out vibes of Portishead. Disappointed by this - mainly acoustic and not so much mellow as depressing. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by A professional 30 year old guy
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album indeed. Almost brings you to tears.
I bought this cd after falling in love with Beth's voice. Comparisons with Portishead are unavoidable, but completely unsuccesfull. This cd constists of two kinds of songs. Read more
Published on 10 July 2008 by ImmortalWind
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Criminally Underrated
Beth Gibbons has the kind of achingly beautiful voice which could make a statue cry real tears. Forget comparisons to Billie Holiday, because Beth's voice stands alone. Read more
Published on 7 May 2007 by J. Roberts
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