I am one of the very few who never heard anything of Portishead, so unbiased I am. (I'll set this gap straight pretty soon). This album reminds me of Clannad (but this is far better), Kate Bush (in a distance) and one song Beth takes a cue at Billie Holliday or so it seems to me. Most songs are extremely fragile, eerie and have melancholic undertones. Nothing outrageously loud, but subdued songs. Don't expect your straightforward "classic" acoustic guitar, piano & a singer songs - this is definetely no Joni Mitchell & certainly nothing jazzy. Ms Gibbons sings beautifully and is accompanied by a great band and the songs are splendidly crafted. This album is too gripping to be played in the background, Ms Gibbons won't let go. At worst it takes the classic female singer a mile or two further down the road of opportunities. Only negative (minorly) point is the short play time - roughly 45 minutes, I would recommend it to anyone, even those who are unfamiliar. This album won't disappoint - it is intriguing & entertaining in a new dimension all together.