Roseland New York Review

artist: Portishead date: 04/04/2005 category: dvd

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Portishead: Roseland New York
Released: April 30, 2002
This famous filming of Portishead's first-ever live gig in New York along with the accompanying album is now considered a modern classic. The concert itself is a wonder to behold, as Portishead smoke cigarettes, chew gum, scratch records, and behave in a generally hip manner while around them the 30-piece New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a 5-piece horn ensemble do their thing.
 Sound: 10
 Content: 8
 Production Quality: 6
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8
Roseland New York Reviewed by: lifeofagitbox, on april 04, 2005
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Sound: Now, just straight off; to listen to Portishead you have to have an aquired taste for them. They're depressing, simplistic, beautiful, funk, sexy, groove, electronic music. Too slightly sum it up. The music on this DVD is brilliant, and beautiful. Beth Gibbons has just the most beautiful voice. It's so simplistic yet strong. The music can definitely hold its own. They brought in maybe 20-30 people to make up a backing orchestra. It's just great! I found this DVD at the EMP (Experience Music Project) up in Seattle. // 10

Content: This DVD includes a few short films, some of their music videos, and the concert of course. Maybe not the best stuff, but at least it's better than just the concert. It is kinda hard to go and watch the concert and then watch the music videos for the same songs you already heard, so maybe if their was more variety. The song list however totally compensates for the shortage of extras. Portishead pulls out their big guns for this concert! Examples being: "Glory Box," "Sour Times," "Mysterons," and much more! // 8

Production Quality: The production of the DVD is pretty good. Some angles that are shot in have a minor amount of fuzz probably due to the extremely dim lighting in the Theatre. After awhile you just get used to the same shots, and are surprised if they show a new one. I don't think the little amount of new shots in the DVD shortchange the concert any bit because you're really only focusing on the music. // 6

Overall Impression: Once again, Portishead is an acquired taste, so to someone who is new listening to them, it may seem like all the songs blend together and could be the same song, but to the people that have been listening to Portishead for awhile: you can tell the differences. I'd get this if I was you, especially if you see it in a store because it took me up till going to Seattle to find a DVD for Portishead. So, this and possibly others are hard to find. Do check Portishead out, whether it be on DVD or not. // 8

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