Third (Portishead album)

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Third
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Studio album by Portishead
Released 27 April 2008 (2008-04-27)
Recorded 2005–2008
Genre Electronica, experimental rock, art rock, trip hop, alternative rock
Length 49:17
Language English
Label Island
Producer Portishead
Portishead chronology
Portishead
(1997)
Third
(2008)
Singles from Third
  1. "Machine Gun"
    Released: 18 March 2008 (2008-03-18)
  2. "The Rip"
    Released: 9 June 2008 (2008-06-09)
  3. "Magic Doors"
    Released: 24 November 2008 (2008-11-24)

Third is the third studio album by English musical group Portishead, released on 27 April 2008, on Island Records in the United Kingdom,[1] two days after on Mercury Records in the United States, and on 30 April 2008 on Universal Music Japan in Japan. It is their first release in 10 years, and their first studio album in eleven years. Third entered the UK Album Chart at #2,[2] and became the band's first-ever American Top 10 album on the Billboard 200, reaching #7[3] in its entry week.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

In December 2007, during the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Minehead, England, Portishead played their first full live set in 10 years, featuring five new songs: "Hunter", "Machine Gun", "Wicca" (retitled as "Silence"), "Mystic" (retitled as "The Rip"), and "Peaches" (retitled as "We Carry On"), all of which appear on Third.[4]

On 21 April 2008, all of Third was made available as a free web stream on Last.fm.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (85/100)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
The A.V Club (A-)[8]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[9]
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10)[10]
Billboard (favorable)[11]
Uncut 5/5 stars[12]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Mojo 4/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[16]
NME (9/10)[17]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[18]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[19]

Third earned widespread critical acclaim, and was ranked as one of the best albums of 2008 by several publications. Alan Ranta of PopMatters gave the album a 9/10, saying "History will eventually see it rank on par with the rest of their legendary works".[20]

Allmusic called the album "utterly riveting and endlessly absorbing" and said the music, defying conventions of the genre, "is genuinely, startlingly original."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Silence"   4:58
2. "Hunter"   3:57
3. "Nylon Smile"   3:16
4. "The Rip"   4:29
5. "Plastic"   3:27
6. "We Carry On"   6:27
7. "Deep Water"   1:31
8. "Machine Gun" (Barrow / Gibbons) 4:43
9. "Small"   6:45
10. "Magic Doors" (Barrow / Gibbons / John Baggot) 3:32
11. "Threads"   5:45

Release history[edit]

Third album has been released on various formats.[21][20]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 28 April 2008 Island LP 1764104
LP box set[22] 1766390
CD 1764013
United States 29 April 2008 Mercury/Go! CD B0011141-02
LP B0011141-01
Japan 30 April 2008 Universal Music Japan CD UICI-1069

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Album Chart 9[citation needed]
Austrian Album Chart[23] 4
Belgian Album Chart (FL) 3[citation needed]
Belgian Album Chart (WA) 6[citation needed]
Canadian Album Chart[24] 3
Danish Album Chart 2[citation needed]
Dutch Album Chart[25] 6
Finnish Album Chart 9[citation needed]
French Album Chart 3[citation needed]
German Album Chart[26] 6
Greek Album Chart 2[citation needed]
Italian Album Chart 8[citation needed]
Japanese Album Chart 28[citation needed]
Mexican Album Chart 30[citation needed]
New Zealand Album Chart 9[citation needed]
Norwegian Album Chart 6[citation needed]
Portuguese Album Chart 5[citation needed]
Spanish Album Chart 16[citation needed]
Swedish Album Chart 18[citation needed]
Swiss Album Chart[27] 2
UK Albums Chart[2] 2
US Billboard 200[3] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes – Music – Third by Portishead". Itunes.apple.com. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ a b Hasty, Katy (7 May 2008). "Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200 With 7th No. 1". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  4. ^ Setlist from ATP concert (.jpg)
  5. ^ Reed, Jim (14 April 2008). "Portishead launch album online". BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Third Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ a b Third (Portishead album) at AllMusic
  8. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (28 April 2008). "Portishead: Third | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  9. ^ Reviewed by Mike Bruno (18 April 2008). "Third Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Portishead: Third | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchforkmedia.com. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Third is the most stunning, stark and superb Portishead album yet. [May 2008, p.84]
  13. ^ Jude Rogers (25 April 2008). "CD: Portishead, Third | Music | The Guardian". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  14. ^ By Rob Sheffield (1 May 2008). "Third | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Third Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Portishead: Third". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  17. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Portishead". Nme.Com. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  18. ^ Ranta, Alan. "Portishead: Third < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  19. ^ [3]
  20. ^ a b Ranta, Alan. "Portishead: Third < Music PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  21. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Third album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  22. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Third album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  23. ^ Austrian Album Chart
  24. ^ Williams, John (7 May 2008). "Madonna's 'Candy' hits No. 1". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  25. ^ Kink FM
  26. ^ German Album Chart
  27. ^ Swiss Album Chart

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