Out of Season (album)

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Out of Season
Studio album by Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man
Released 28 October 2002 (2002-10-28)
Genre Folk, alternative rock
Length 44:06
Language English
Label Go Beat!/Sanctuary
Producer Beth Gibbons and Paul Webb
Singles from Out of Season
  1. "Tom the Model"
    Released: 3 March 2003 (2003-03-03)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club Favourable[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]
Pitchfork Media 5.7/10[4]
PopMatters Favourable[5]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[6]
Spin Favourable[7]

Out of Season is a studio album by Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (under the pseudonym Rustin Man). It was released on 28 October 2002 in the United Kingdom and on 7 October 2003 in the United States. Out of Season is largely a folk album with jazz leanings, with Gibbons and Webb drawing more directly on the influences of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Nick Drake, at which Portishead's work in trip-hop only hinted. Out of Season also features contributions from Gibbon's fellow Portishead bandmate Adrian Utley and Webb's former bandmate Lee Harris. The first track of the album, "Mysteries", appears on the original soundtrack of the French movie Les Poupées Russes (The Russian Dolls) and in Wim Wenders Palermo Shooting from 2008. The album achieved a silver certification from the BPI.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Beth Gibbons and Paul Webb, except where noted otherwise.

  1. "Mysteries" – 4:39
  2. "Tom the Model" – 3:41
  3. "Show" (Gibbons) – 4:26
  4. "Romance" – 5:09
  5. "Sand River" (Webb) – 3:48
  6. "Spider Monkey" – 4:10
  7. "Resolve" – 2:51
  8. "Drake" – 3:54
  9. "Funny Time of Year" – 6:48
  10. "Rustin Man" – 4:20
American edition bonus track
  1. "Candy Says" (live) (Lou Reed) – 5:20

Charts[edit]

The album charted in some countries, peaking at #28 in the UK,[8] #13 in Germany, #36 in Switzerland, #54 in Austria, #19 in France, #77 in Netherlands, #6 in Norway and #39 in Denmark.[9] "Tom the Model" was released as a single on March 3, 2003, and reached #70 in the UK.[10] A video for the song was directed by Chris Bran and it featured Gibbons performing in front of a theatre crowd.

Personnel[edit]

  • Rebecca Lublinski - Flute
  • Rachel Samuel - Cello
  • John Baggott – Piano, Wurlitzer
  • Gary Baldwin – Organ
  • John Barclay – Flugelhorn
  • Martyn Barker – Percussion, Conga
  • Mark Berrow – Violin
  • Rachael Brown – Background Vocals
  • Lurine Cato – Background Vocals
  • Ben Chappell – Cello
  • Clive Deamer – Drums, Tympani
  • Philip Dukes – Viola
  • Simon Edwards – Guitar (Bass), Double Bass
  • Mark Feltham – Harmonica
  • Andrew Findon – Flute (Alto)
  • Beth Gibbons – Guitar (Acoustic), Arrangements, Vocals, Vocoder
  • Pete Glenister – Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Leo Green – Horn Section
  • Lee Harris – Drums
  • Nick Ingman – Conductor, Orchestration
  • Mitchell John – Background Vocals
  • Patrick Kiernan – Violin
  • Boguslaw Kostecki – Violin
  • Peter Lale – Viola
  • Martin Loveday – Cello
  • Neill MacColl – Guitar (Acoustic), Ebow
  • Perry Mason – Violin
  • Lorraine McIntosh – Background Vocals
  • Frank Ricotti – Vibraphone
  • Eddie Roberts – Violin
  • Nina Robertson – Flute (Alto)
  • Joy Rose – Background Vocals
  • Mary Scully – Double Bass
  • Chris Tombling – Violin
  • Jonathan Tunnell – Cello
  • Adrian Utley – Organ, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Moog synthesizer, Ebow, Guitar (Baritone)
  • Paul Webb – Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Arrangements, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Background Vocals
  • Bruce White – Viola
  • Dave Woodcock – Violin
  • Gavyn Wright – Violin
  • Warren Zielinski – Violin

Production[edit]

  • Frank Arkwright – Mastering
  • Ryan Art – Design
  • Mark Bishop – Mixing Assistant, Assistant
  • Phill Brown – Engineer, Mixing
  • Peter Dickinson – Photography
  • Niven Garland – Engineer
  • Beth Gibbons – Producer, Engineer
  • Andy Montgomery – Engineer
  • Neil Perry – Engineer
  • Albert Pinheiro – Assistant
  • Adrien Utley – Additional production, Engineer, Effects
  • Eva Vermandel – Photography
  • Paul Webb – Producer, Mixing, Effects

References[edit]