Beth Orton ‎


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Originally issued in 2002, Daybreaker is the third full-length album by acclaimed English singer-songwriter Beth Orton following Trailer Park (1996) and Central Reservation (1999). Featuring production from Victor Van Vugt, Keith Tenniswood, Benn Watt, The Chemical Brothers and William Orbit along with famous guest spots by Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris, the moody and nuanced 10-track effort finds Orton creatively blending her early electronica style with up tempo numbers and acoustic ballads to great effect. Billboard exclaimed that, "Perhaps more so than Central Reservation and her 1996 debut, Trailer Park, [Daybreaker] is equally devoted to her loves for electronica and folk; her voice floats over mellotrons and upright-bass tracks one minute, only to slide across a slyly engineered Chemical Brothers track the next." – Press Release

“Topping the stunning Central Reservation would be a daunting chore for even the most accomplished songwriter, yet Orton gives it an impressive go. It doesn’t hurt that Orton is one of the greatest female voices of our time; she radiates her sorrow with an unbridled clarity reminiscent of Billie Holiday. Like that of an old friend, Orton’s voice seems strangely familiar on tracks like the near-epic “Paris Train.” “This was inevitable,” she sings with urgency, her voice imbued with dub-like reverb. The song’s guitar loops chug along like a train-ride across the countryside, its kaleidoscopic view heightened by cinematic strings and subtle electronic flourishes. The album’s title track mixes Orton’s sultry vocal with the Chemical Brothers’s signature clunky drum loops and haunting guitar drones. If nothing else, Orton’s Daybreaker proves she can play the folk songstress just as well as she does the techno diva; Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams guest on the country-tinged “God Song” and “Concrete Sky,” respectively.” – Slant Magazine

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Beth Orton






Vinyl, LP, Album



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This reissue: 2015 | Original - 2002


Electronic, Rock


Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Downtempo

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