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1: Beth Orton fan with both her previous albums? Buy it. If you're looking for the lyrical splendour of 'Blood Red River' or 'Devil Song' from the Central Reservation album, you may be disappointed: this collection doen't have Beth reaching deep into your soul and tugging it inside out in that way. But, having not played it for several days, I awoke this morning to find 'anywhere' buzzing around in my head and demanding to be played.
2: Ryan Adams fan, looking for a Ryan fix before his next album (I thought he was going to release four this year - what happened to that?). Hesitate. He backs Beth on a couple of songs, (and sounds eerily like a young Elton John in places on Concrete Sky), and wrote one of the songs in the collection exclusively for her (this one's gonna bruise). But it doesn't sound like a Ryan Adams song as delivered by Beth. God Song comes closest to any alt Country heritage, but that's more Emmylou Harris influenced than Ryan influenced.
3: Chemical Bros fan/Everything but the Girl Fan, wanting more of that oeuvre? Depends. If you've heard Beth's voice on CB recordings and love it, go ahead. But you won't find a lot of their brand of music here - she's got a very distinctive place, and it's far away from theirs.
4: Simply curious about an artist you don't know who has a top-selling album out. Buy it. Then go out and buy Central Reservation and Trailer Park. But only if you like great melodies, beautiful lyrics, and a heart-rending voice. Otherwise leave it alone.Read more ›
A friend of mine bought this CD the first day it was available (as did I). We both thought it was nice, but ordinary. Yesterday we discussed it again. I admitted I can't stop listening, and that I find something new every time I do. My friend agreed entirely, and gave what has to be the most understated compliment of all: "This one's a grower."
And so it is. Give it a listen and be enchanted.
Melancholic and atmospheric soft acoustic folk/rock with a dash of electronica best describes this beautiful CD, a #40 hit on the billboard album charts. Like a number of reviewers have mentioned, repeated play reveals more subtleties of this stark serene beauty.
`Paris train' is a lilting ballad with gently jangling guitars and forlorn strings. In a similar vein is `Mount Washington'. `Concrete sky' is more upbeat (but still delicate) with Ryan Adams harmonizing on the chorus.
One of my favourites is the horn drenched delicate `Anywhere' with a faint jazzy/Caribbean atmosphere and swirling strings. Jaw-droppingly beautiful!! The upbeat `Daybreaker' filled with pulsing and haunting jerky synthesizer effects, and hollow beats is another highlight. A trip hop delight!
`Ted's waltz' is a delicate ballad with faint shuffling percussion, shimmery guitars, and a wistful vocal performance from Beth.
Introspective, serene and beautiful. I'll be looking out for more of her music.
My favorite tracks include THIS ONE'S GONNA BRUISE, THINKING ABOUT TOMMOROW and PARIS TRAIN. The songs on this record at first seem to be similar then begin to show their unique personalities and stand out from one another. To my ears there are no weak tracks included.
A neophyte to Orton's work would be best recommended to start with PASS IN TIME, her excellent compilation and then proceed to her three proper albums and the great BEST BITS EP (the remix one leaves me a fad appathetic). Beth Orton is an excellent singer-songwriter who weaves modern touches into more traditional folk styled songs to create some essential listening.
So far, my favorite tracks by far are: "Paris Train" and the last three tracks. Check her out. It's very hard for anyone not to like her music.
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Enchanting, bewildering, full of wisdom. One of my all time favorite albums.Published 5 months ago by Oshri Hilzenrath
I saw this 2002 set by Beth Orton in a used CD shop & was curious. It is my introduction to Beth's music. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lee Armstrong
The only reason I don't give this Beth Orton cd five stars is because I have not heard all her recordings. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by james gray
Wonderful music, her voice is so haunting and beautiful. Love God Song but then again I love all the songs here. Well worth buying.Published on August 11, 2012 by mr. a
I loved this cd. Totally bought it on a whim, and had never heard of Beth Orton. I tend to prefer dance and electronic music to this folky stuff, but this was something different... Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Angela M
What a shame to think that the four-year wait ended with this. Beth stated that this album was a bit of a challenge for her and it's more than a little evident. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by Andrew
I love to spread the gospel according to Beth. This CD did not grab me at first, but the more I listened to it the more I liked it. I think it's great - just like Beth.Published on February 10, 2009 by bzbx
She'd been waiting for us, she'd been creating for us. Following Beth Orton is an eternal game of "catch up". Read morePublished on March 16, 2006 by T. Norton