PRINT December 2008


Brigitte Fontaine

Cover of Portishead’s Third (Mercury Records, 2008).


1 Portishead, Third (Mercury Records) The 1990s outfit came back this year even better than before, with great new sounds yet the same strong charm. Beth Gibbons’s voice is un enchantement. You can listen to it all day and night.

2 The Gossip, Live in Liverpool (Sony BMG) Beth Ditto is a bullshot. She is a bomb. Her music is very rock ’n’ roll, but her voice is thin, high, powerful, and all gospel, making the group follow her lead like a crowd of flies. Have you noticed that both Ditto and Portishead’s Gibbons, unlike other female singers, do not act like whores?

3 Wasis Diop (musical director), Koulsy Lamko (writer and executive producer), Zé Manel (composer), Bintou Wéré, un Opéra du Sahel (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) For this first opera ever to concentrate on the Sahel region—a strip of land stretching across northern Africa—fifty dancers were accompanied

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