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Lives Outgrown

Beth Gibbons

Lives Outgrown

The debut full-length solo album from the Portishead singer was recorded over a decade and produced with James Ford and Lee Harris

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Portishead singer has channelled grief and trauma into a meditation on metamorphoses that is both a clear and dewy-eyed
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    In the Portishead singer’s singular, astonishing soundworld, these songs sit in autumnal gloom but are occasionally dappled with warmth and light
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  3. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is a brave album from a woman who doesn’t shrink from darkness
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  4. 10.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The Portishead vocalist/lyricist took a decade to concoct her first-ever solo studio album and came out with bleak, orchestral, funereal songs about motherhood, mortality, and everything caught in-between
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  5. 9.0 |   Far Out

    It is hardly surprising that the record is stunning, but it only further emphasises how everything Gibbons touches turns to pure gold
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  6. 9.0 |   Spill Magazine

    A victorious testament to her voice being amongst the most important in modern music history – both lyrically and sonically
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  7. 9.0 |   All Music

    As she explores aging with haunting beauty and resolute honesty, Lives Outgrown reveals Gibbons' music is only getting richer as the years pass
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  8. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Gibbons and the music alike transform across its running time from a taut, stormy start to warm bucolic finish, with the final sounds those of a rural farmyard, of life going on around (or despite it) the despair
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  9. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The singer’s first official solo album is as captivating as it is devastating
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  10. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A quite different prospect to Gibbons' previous work - more intimate, more personal, coloured by the grief and goodbyes se has weathered in recent years. But it is still possible to find a thread that runs from here to Out Of Season, and back to Portishead. Print edition only

  11. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Perhaps no one in music today is better equipped to touch our souls with the pure dread of aging than Beth Gibbons. On her first solo record, she delivers
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  12. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    What expands Lives Outgrown into more than just a hauntologic study of British folk is its insistence to emote deep sorrow through the lost memories of those elements
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  13. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Lives Outgrown seems like an outgrowth of where Beth Gibbons’ mind and talents have taken her in the past decade, which is to ruminate on how life is a vapor
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The road forward won't be found on any clear path, but Lives Outgrown reminds us that the ghosts haunting us will continue to reside in the spaces of this reckoning, ready to emerge and help us in surprising ways
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  15. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Portishead singer has a powerful sense of feeling in her voice on her solo debut
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Beth Gibbons gives us the understanding of our mortality that we all need on her most revealing work
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  17. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Thirty years after stepping into the spotlight, the Portishead singer reintroduces herself with her debut solo album. History weighs heavy on her songs, but she takes pains to avoid her musical past
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  18. 8.0 |   The Observer

    ‘We all know what’s coming,’ sings Gibbons on an elegiac, folk-imbued record that’s been 10 years in the making
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  19. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Lives Outgrown is a collection that will make you feel small, such is its world view and acknowledgement of the natural world’s — and time’s — brutal indifference to human suffering
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  20. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    More than thirty years on from her game changing musical debut, Beth Gibbons’ first solo effort plates up a hearty blend of poetry and psychedelia, stirred in amongst a helping of folk, and finished off beautifully with her stunning voice. It’s hard to resist coming back for seconds
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  21. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If that all sounds bleak, it is. Yet Lives Outgrown is also very beautiful. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    One suspects Gibbons agonised over every word and note on Lives Outgrown, but the result is an album to fall deeply in love with. If you allow them to, these songs will envelope your soul
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  23. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    As one may expect from someone who’s taken nearly 30 years to make their solo album, the level of craft and attention to detail on the Portishead star’s debut is exceptional
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  24. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    On her long-awaited debut solo album, Portishead singer Beth Gibbons has channelled her midlife experiences into a haunting collection of torch songs
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  25. 8.0 |   NME

    Gibbons' first solo studio record is a mesmerising collection from a singular talent and voice
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  26. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    These rich and atmospheric arrangements fail to completely offset the creeping, crawling melodies, built from inching steps of tones and semitone
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  27. 6.9 |   Northern Transmissions

    An interesting album with some nice themes but lacks strong execution
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