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5.0 out of 5 stars
Shimmering, 29 Oct. 2002
This collaborative album from Beth Gibbons (Portishead) and Paul Webb (Talk Talk) has been released with the most minimal of fuss, yet it should (but no doubt won't) benefit from its timing, as despite the title, the album radiates with the feelings, moods and soundscapes that the more reflective individual would assosciate with Autumn; the melancholy season. Those familiar with Portishead will not be suprised to learn that Beth Gibbons has here contributed to a record of dramatic, haunting beauty, however, the adopted sneer of the past which often resembled a satanic Shirley Bassey is here absent in favour of a trembling humanity one could justifiably believe to stem from the ever-modest Gibbons' own persona. In the openening line of 'Mysteries', the album's devastatingly sad opener, Gibbons sings 'God knows how I adore life'. This is not an ironic riposte to those who have in the past deemed Portishead a gloomy outfit, but a genuine life-affirming sentiment which sits ever more poignantly amidst the autumnal grace of this beautiful record.