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They may be a band of middle-aged introverts who barely move on stage, but Portishead more than make up for it with a razor-sharp ability to create mood and high drama using only a handful of elements.Most of their power as a live act comes from the interplay of their skeletal ominous soul ballads and the admirably restrained atmospheric video projections.

Beth Gibbons seems most comfortable hiding her face behind her hair, but grainy distorted footage of the singer clutching her mic flickering on the giant screen above her head proved just how powerful electronically-generated visuals can be when they've got a strong vision and well defined aesthetic steering them.






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