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Central Reservation

Beth OrtonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Sweetest Decline 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Couldn't Cause Me Harm 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. So Much More 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pass In Time 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Central Reservation (Original Version) 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Stars All Seem to Weep 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Blood Red River 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Central Reservation (The Then Again Version) 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000I73X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beth Orton ~ Central Reservation

Is Beth Orton the folkie Beck? Or is Beck an Orton with beats? Since both graze from genre to genre like goats feasting on whatever strikes their fancy, drawing parallels is tempting...and perhaps pointless. After all, both artists were born in 1970 and emerged at a time when musical categorization became an exercise in futility. English thrush Orton's third album--like her critically hailed debut and the Best Bit EP--prompts one to flash on an ever-swelling range of influences. Since she's blessed with the rich, warm voice of a true pop singer, it's easy to imagine her sharing space on some out-of-time radio playlist with Dusty Springfield (listen to the elegant, string-laden "Sweetest Decline"), except Orton's music draws on '90s trip-hop elements as well the jazzy folk of Tim Buckley and vet Terry Callier (reprising his Best Bit cameo). Orchestration, upright bass, vibes, and Orton's own resolute guitar give long, languid tracks such as "So Much More" and "Pass in Time" an Astral Weeks-like feel. All those touchstones and no fewer than six producers might imply that Central Reservation is something of a mishmash. In truth, Orton's overriding vision is all that's needed to create cohesion. --Steven Stolder

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning followup; worthy of full price purchase January 2, 2004
By Dano M
Format:Audio CD
Amazing. The first time I heard this album, it was like a cliche you might see in a movie. An incredibly long, lonely drive down a deserted two lane highway from Albuquerque, NM to Durango, CO. Moonless night, clear sky, hundreds of miles from any major light source, I was listening to this album, looking at the night sky. This album sunk its teeth in, a haunting, bittersweet group of songs perfect for reflection, comptemplation. This album succeedes on so many different levels to become, in this humble reviewer's opinion, an instant, timeless classic.
Listen to the emotional/thematic changes between 'Stolen Car' and 'Sweetest Decline'. The stunning, shimmering, phenomenal 'Pass in Time'. The duo between her and Terry Callier has made it into the ist of my favorite songs - people hear this one and ask me 'Who IS this? WHAT album is this?' Any album that elicits such an emotional, immediate response from so many different people MUST be doing something right.
Buy this album, you will NOT be disappointed.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fingers Like Fuses, Your Eyes Like Cinnamon January 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I recommend this album to anyone who appreciates a beautiful female voice singing colorful and thoughtful lyrics with feeling. I am a big fan of 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, and Indigo Girls. Central Reservation is a solid collection of thought and mood provoking songs. Recommended activities while listening to Central Reservation: Light a few candles and have a friend over for dinner or coffee, sit on your back porch and look out at the stars while having a beer, take an introspective drive through the countryside. I hope this was helpful and gives you a feel for this recording.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This is by far my favorite album of all time. Beth Orton somehow topped herself after the stunning "Trailer Park" and the great EP "Best Bit". I bought this album in September, and I can almost smell the autumn air when listen to this. This is the first album I bought by Beth Orton, and I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but did I! This is something I would rank with Nick Drake's "Five Leaves Left" and Belle and Sebastian's "If You're Feeling Sinister". The music is more folky than "Trailer Park", but electronica fans don't fret. There are some (great) techno moments like "Stars All Seem to Weep" and Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)", but for the most part the instruments are played by people. Ben Harper guests on "Stolen Car" and the beautiful "Love Like Laughter", and Doctor John sits in on piano in the flawless "Sweetest Decline". Beth's album recieved a lot of hype and critical praise last year, and if you're skeptical on whether or not to buy the hype, DO IT! You won't, can't, be let down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another savior in these dark ages of music April 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
central reservation is another album that lifted my often cynical spirits and proved once again the validity of a true singer-songwriter. beth orton has crafted an album virtually free of any pretense and ego, but full of sincerity and beauty. Her voice says it all. There is not a corrupted note on this album. Structurally, the songs seem a bit sparse at first, but with each additional listen, the feelings and intent behind the lyrics and melodies shine through. Stolen Car, the opening track, is the most 'together' in terms of pop-song structure. A great song, and single, "Stolen Car" exemplifies beths ability to write a radio friendly song, while still maintaining a credibility often lost in this sort of song structure. All tracks on this record are beautifully recorded and mixed, particularly "The Sweetest Decline". This track gets me every time. Quite possibly the most amazing song in the last couple years, it features Dr. John on piano adding just the right touch to the simple chord progression. Every track, with the exception of two Ben Watt collaborations, are acoustic guitar based folk songs with a touch of pop, a sprinkle of rock, and a heaping mound of genius. For anyone who likes Cat Power, Ben Harper, Everything But The Girl, etc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beth fan for life July 1, 1999
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I've been a Beth Orton fan since I first carried Trailer Park home in my eager little hands and listened to it during a thunderstorm in July of 1997. Alright, so I'm a tad bit biased. However, I cannot restrain myself from proclaiming that Central Reservation is an incredible record. The others are right when they say that it grows on you - most of the songs are not "catchy" the way a lot of radio music is nowadays. The thing I admire most about Beth's music is the absolute honesty of her lyrics, which at times comes across as bittersweet, but is actually incredibly optimistic and proactive! There's nothing flowery about it, but its simplicity is breathtakingly beautiful, particularly on songs like "Stars All Seem to Weep" and "Blood Red River". Also, if you ever get a chance to see her in concert, do it! I saw her a few weeks ago at a small club in DC, and the guy next to me had never heard of her before - after the show I asked him what he thought and he said he was going to go straight out and buy both of her albums. She's a natural performer, and quite funny on stage - a welcome contrast to the serious quality of some of her songs! Anything by Beth is worth a listen ... or two ... or three ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 3 months ago by D. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Earthy, intelligent and off center
Beth Horton was new to me when I purchased this recording. I was in the half-asleep mode when the title song was on the radio, and as I awoke I was truly mesmerized, transported... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Just as promised.

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Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very talented
Sheis a Angel, Singing harmony with her voice and her music she is a very talented woman that her own style of music
Published 10 months ago by keith sargent
4.0 out of 5 stars Like It
I like everything about the CD. Brings me back. to my ah good ole days. Play it as much as I can.
Published 15 months ago by Tonia Wright-Buczek
4.0 out of 5 stars This cd made me a new fan
This is my first Orton cd and I'm a new fan. Her music is intimate with moving lyrics. The song "Sweet Decline" is truly sublime. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ern Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Beth Orton
a wonderful sound on all tracks; you can feel her emotions; a must have for Beth Orton. What more can I say?
Published 23 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Modern Folk Master's Enduring Masterpiece
What is it that separates the Mozarts from the Solieris? What it is - you will happily find here. Beth Orton is currently one of the reigning musical powers on the planet - a... Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by cvairag
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I am a Beth Orton fan. Not fanatically devoted so I can't wax eloquently about her with anecdotes and such in this review. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Eviltangents
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I'm no Beth Orton expert and this is the only album I own of hers, but I really like it. It's one of a few albums I can listen to whether I'm in the mood for folk or electronica. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by H3@+h
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