13: A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry

28 Aug

50 Song Challenge

#13 Portishead – Machine Gun

Machine Gun was the first track to be released from Portishead’s 2008 album, Third, that marked the end of a 10 year-long haitus from production, and being much heavier than their previous work, it came as quite a shock. However, it soon became a stand out track from the album, showing a great deal of innovation.

One of the best songs of 2008, Machine Gun as some serious attitude. But it’s due its bittersweet nature that makes it a great song to listen to when angry. Whilst the industrial machine gun-like digital effects evoke a menacing feeling of a repressed anger just waiting to climb out, the sweet and soothing vocals of Beth Gibbons help to calm you down. Overall, the balance is pretty much just right.

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