ALBUM REVIEW: Beth Gibbons – Lives Outgrown | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 17.05.24







You know Beth Gibbons right? She provides ethereal, otherworldly vocals and lyrics with Portishead, Rustin Man, and guest features over the past thirty-plus years, but this is solo Beth – her long-awaited debut.

It comes as the result of a lot of goodbyes. Family, friends, her former self, and it’s intensely personal and vulnerable. Floating On A Moment, the first single, evokes memories of Portishead’s Mysterons but transforms it into this new era facing mortality, motherhood, sadness and more. Rather than feel oppressive however, the songs on Lives Outgrown are richly drawn reflections of overcoming the bad moments. Pacing is key with Reaching Out, For Sale and Beyond The Sun increasing tempos, triumphantly building up to album closer Whispering Love and feeling renewed hope in the future.


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