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4.0 out of 5 stars
Solo and Successful with 4 1/2 stars, 29 Oct. 2002
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.