i am listening to the new portishead record right this minute. so far i like it very much. it sounds different from their other records. it's still dramatic, but in a more subtle way for the most part. there are some very unsubtle drum machine parts that are full of metallic precision. these drums contrast with the soft and vulnerable vocals of beth gibbons. the keyboards sound freaking amazing. i want to eat them. the record deserves to be listened to very carefully. i feel that if you listen to it is as background music you may miss some of the fine details hidden in mix, and that would be an insult to their production/engineering team. it pleases me that after returning from what appears to have been an 11 year hiatus they have a fresh and exciting new recording that is not a tired rehash of their old work. i wish i could have hung out with all the band members individually during their hiatus so i could know what they were listening to, and what they were eating, and what personal strife they were braving. i'm glad they made their new record, and i hope that 11 years from now they have an equally as interesting new album for me to listen to. also, i hope they tour. i will go see them.