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|3. Heartland Truckstop|
|5. Comfort Of Strangers|
|6. Shadow Of A Doubt|
|9. A Place Aside|
|10. Safe In Your Arms|
|11. Shopping Trolley|
|12. Feral Children|
|13. Heart Of Soul|
|14. Pieces Of Sky|
Opening track "Worms" is sweetly upbeat despite love-burnt lyrics -very Aidan Smith. "Shopping Trolley" is a beaut, with joyous crashing drums and pianos supporting Orton's fragile hoots. "Heart Of Soul" is another winner, strident and romantic. "Feral Children" floats along magically though Orton's quavery holler can grate after a while.
All in all a very rounded release and a bit of a grower. --Zoe Street
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It has been a long time coming- four years since Daybreaker- but on the evidence of Comfort of Strangers, it would appear that the time has been well spent.
The trip-hop, Massive Attack-esque influences first exhibited on 1996’s Trailer Park are less in evidence here, with her moving towards a straight folk direction. However, songs such as “Worms”, “Comfort of Strangers”, “Conceived” and “Heartland Truckstop” are beautiful in their purity, with her trademark downbeat, world-weary vocals very much in good health and her lyrics as intelligent and introspective as ever. It just feels authentic, as if she is singing from the depths of her soul.
In all, Comfort of Strangers is of a calibre that few will be able to match, with her intimate, stark simplicity demonstrating perfectly that substance will always triumph over style. Although the folk/indie/electronica fusion has been replaced by rootsy folk, this is as good as Trailer Park and 1999’s Central Reservation. Definitely worth buying.
It is a truly beautiful album, sung so beautifully it will make you cry over and over again. Beth Orton really has a voice that would make angels jealous. Buy it, I implore you.
Or, at least, listen to 'I wish I never saw the sunshine' from Trailer Park; I challenge you to not be moved.
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