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Worth the effort it takes to listen to
on 2 June 2008
All the time away seems to have distilled Portishead's music into something true to the original and yet even more powerful than before. I am not sad that the scratching and sampling has gone - it worked on the other two albums, but to do it again after such a long break would have made it seem like an effort to recapture their glory days. They had to evolve, and they have, and the result is uncompromising and even in places uncomfortable to listen to...
...and yet that is what makes it great. Portishead don't seem to care if you like their music the first time - what they care about is that you come back to it a second time and "get it". Yes, it is as far from easy listening as trip-hop (if anyone still calls it that in 2008) can be, but just as Shakespeare is not easy on the eye yet is worth the effort (or so people tell you), Third is not easy on the ear and yet it will draw you in for repeated listenings.