Release date
12 Nov 2002
Running length
11 tracks
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1 Mysteries 4:40 123,077
2 Tom the Model 5:03 143,815
3 Show 4:25 107,974
4 Romance 5:08 105,738
5 Sand River 3:48 108,734
6 Spider Monkey 4:07 84,037
7 Resolve 2:50 97,374
8 Drake 3:53 100,060
9 Funny Time of Year 6:47 92,108
10 Rustin' Man 4:20 23,965
10 Rustin Man 4:20 71,554

About this album

Out of Season is an album by Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (under the pseudonym Rustin Man). It was released in 2002 in the United Kingdom and in 2003 in the U.S. Out of Season is largely a album with 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. The first track of the album, Mysteries, appears on the original soundtrack of the French movie Les Poupées Russes (The Russian Dolls).

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.

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