Sunday, December 13, 2009

Some Sunday tripping

Portishead, "The Rip", off their album Third. Sublime.

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. In that light, I can't tell if Beth Gibbons is a redhead, or not. And the pictures on line don't do a lot to solve the mystery. Somewhere between darkish blond and light brown, with red possibilities.

    Tune is harmonically static, with that ostinato guitar note not quite a drone. Total of three chords (?), and a melody that could be out of 16th century Northumbria.

    Not exacty Thomas Tallis, but I like it.

  2. Jazz, nobody ever needs anything more than three chords and the truth to make good music ;).

    Cookie, what is fascinating is that so many of the songs I like are, at their basis, three or four chords going around in circles. It is the vocalist's phrasings of the lyrics that make the song fascinating and interesting. That most certainly is the case with this song by Portishead. While the instrumentation offsets Beth's voice well, this song would not work at all if just left as instrumentals with Beth in the audience. She adds almost all the drama and emotion.

    - Badtux the Music Penguin


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