Out of Season [UK Release]

Out of Season [UK Release]

by Rustin ManRustin Man


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Out of Season plays to Beth Gibbons' strengths as a vocalist and songwriter more than anything released prior by Portishead. On both Dummy and Portishead, her pained, worn, resilient voice was often made to sound as if it was as much an artifact as the Isaac Hayes and Lalo Schifrin samples. That voice of hers was perfectly suited for the backing provided by her bandmates, but more than a few wondered if it would sound even more perfect -- or in a better setting, naked and completely central -- if it were supported by the type of folk, jazz, and R&B recordings it could've been plucked from in the first place. That "what if" is answered with this album, made by Gibbons in collaboration with Paul Webb, several of his fellow Talk Talk alums, and numerous others. Brass, strings, reeds, organs, acoustic guitar, double bass, and lightly brushed drums are all part of the mix, which never threatens to take the spotlight away from Gibbons. The lyrical themes aren't much of a departure for the singer, who contemplates the passing of time and her love/hate relationship with existence throughout -- one song opens with "God knows how I adore life," and then one song later, she's "So tired of life." The icing on the cake is in the little details, like the sly Carol Kaye imitation snuck in by bassist Adrian Utley during "Romance" and the way the background vocals discreetly drift in and out, alternating between serene and spooky. The sticker that came affixed to the disc contains a quote that proclaims this to be one of the best albums of all time. While that is a stretch, there's no denying that the quote below that one -- "Quietly devastating" -- is 100 percent accurate.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0044006657424
catalogNumber: 066574
Rank: 7523

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rustin Man   Primary Artist
John Barclay   Flugelhorn
Martyn Barker   Percussion,Conga
Mark Berrow   Violin
Clive Deamer   Drums,Timpani
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Andy Findon   Alto Flute
Pete Glenister   Acoustic Guitar
Leo Green   Horn Section
Lee Harris   Percussion,Drums
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Martin Loveday   Cello
Neill MacColl   Acoustic Guitar,Ebo
Lorraine McIntosh   Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti   Vibes
Adrian Utley   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Ebo,Guitar (Baritone)
Paul Webb   Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Mitchell John   Background Vocals
Gary Baldwin   Organ
Beth Gibbons   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocoder
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Eddie Roberts   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
John Baggot   Piano,Wurlitzer
Philip Dukes   Viola
Perry Mason   Violin
Jonathan Tunnell   Cello
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Matt Holland   Horn Section
Rachael Brown   Background Vocals
Joy Rose   Background Vocals
Nina Robertson   Alto Flute
Lurine Cato   Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Simon Edwards   Bass Guitar,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Adrian Utley   Producer,Engineer
Paul Webb   Arranger,Producer
Beth Gibbons   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Andy Montgomery   Engineer
Niven Garland   Producer,Engineer
Phill Brown   Engineer
Neil Perry   Engineer

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