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on October 13, 2012
I love Beth Orton, yes, I love her music. I own her previous five albums, shoot I even bought Pass In Time the remix album, and enjoyed that. Six years without a new album by Beth Orton is a long time. Oh, I'm so sad to say I don't love Sugaring Season. Overall it is a good album; there are moments of brilliance, Magpie, Dawn Chorus, Candles, and Poison Tree. There are two tracks that sound like fingers on a chalkboard to me, Something More Beautiful and See Through Blue. The remaining four tracks are good.
The four tracks I loved are more like classic Beth Orton, her beautiful mid range voice with just the right amount of music. By the time the album gets to See Through Blue, Orton is channeling Edith Piaf and happy go lucky turn of the century music. Something More Beautiful has two crescendos of orchestral music that has an irritating dissonance with her voice. It should sound like passion rising, instead it is painful.
The recording is nice, clear with excellent range. Unfortunately some of the songs just added too much orchestra or needless instruments. I love Beth Orton's voice and I think she sounds best with an acoustic guitar or piano. All the other production is just extra fill that I don't think she needs. The album does close with a beautiful sparse song, Mystery.
Four brilliant tracks, four good ones, and two stinkers make for a mediocre album, even if I love Beth Orton. Six years to wait for this was too long.