- Audio CD (29 July 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000069HH2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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It's perhaps the cruellest twist that in trying to distance herself from Chillout's massed ranks, East Anglian songstress Beth Orton has come up with Daybreaker, the ultimate 4 am soundtrack. It certainly wasn't intentional; Orton has never been best pleased with the "Come Down Queen" tag she acquired thanks to the hazy folk and bleery electronica of her 1996 debut, Trailer Park, and her association with dance luminaries such as the Chemical Brothers and Andrew Weatherall. Hence her third studio album steers a path to more traditional singer/songwriter territory. Yet topped with Orton's drunken croon--unintelligible, blissfully lazy and bittersweet--the unhurried country strummings of "Carmella", "God Song" and "Ted's Waltz" are still prime twilight listening. Add the moodier down-tempo moments; "Paris Train"'s haunting orchestrals, "Mount Washington"'s ambient bleeps and the dank beats of the Chemical Brothers-produced title track and it's hard to see Daybreaker doing anything other than reaffirming her "Come Down Queen" credentials. Admittedly there's a shortage of memorable tunes--nothing quite lives up to her previous best, "She Cries Your Name" or "Stolen Car". But even then the vagueness of her melodies, like the vagueness of her voice, merely adds to Daybreaker's gentle, nocturnal charm. --Dan GennoeSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Now I've had the chance to re-listen and reconsider, I find myself in possesion of another great album from one of the best singer/songwriters around. While I still prefer Trailer Park for its rawness and the simply beautiful (semi)acoustic melodies, Daybreaker probably beats Central Reservation into third by a hair's bredth - afterall, all three are so brilliant that it is hard to put any of them down. In time this'll be crowned a masterpiece, and if it didn't just slip inside this years Mecury deadline, then i'd definately back it to make the awards shortlist next year... who knows, maybe if it did she'd win it this time!
It is impossible to listen to tracks like Concrete Sky or Mount Washington without lying back with an enormous smile of contentment, while darker songs like Daybreaker and country influenced Carmella (Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris contribute frequently) make good the fact that Beth Orton is untouchable. Corrosive strings, trip hop and brass intertwine with joyous guitar and pure vocals that combine to make the something very special that is now to be expected with an Orton release.
Starting with a swell of strings on Paris Train and ending on a similiarly euphoric note with the magical Thinking about Tomorrow, this is an album that is at once delicate and strong but always compelling. Lay your hands on it any way you can.
Daybreaker - an upbeat song, but it's sad, whilst uplifting!
This One's Gunna Bruise - brilliantly written by Ryan Adams, this is just amazing, check out that minor broken chord! Oh YES!
It's a sad song, but...wow - blows me away every time!
Overall, it's definitely worth buying. But also by Central Reservation and Trailer Park! Buy the whole lot!
I heard some of these songs live at 'the elecric ballroom' and the only downside is that they seem to be sanitised for the CD, 'Carmella' sounds better in the 'four tet remix'. I can't understand why they didn't put this on the album.
Its not music thats going to hit number 1 in the charts but thats a good thing!!
Buy this album and you won't be sorry!
I Have heard some of these songs live and the only downside is that they seem to be 'sanitised' for the CD, such as 'Carmella'; the four tet remix sounds great, I cant understand why they didn't put it on this CD! they sounded great at 'the electric ballroom'.
It's not music that is ever going to hit number 1 in the singles charts but thats a good thing!!
All of that is put to good use in "Daybreaker", which continues to show the range of her abilities. The musical styles on offer here are quite broad - upbeat, reggae inflected material in places, maudlin, reflective ballads elsewhere. At times, this all reminds me of David Gray, Kathleen Edwards and Billy Bragg - but in a good way. If you like people who take a slightly alternative view of the world, and sing with a view to connecting with people intelligently rather than aiming for the mindless banality of the charts - then this is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An album that had passed me by until recently, I love Beth's voice & this album.Published 9 months ago by Susan Holborow
Buy this CD if your a fan as its good to have a complete artist's work. There are some great tracks on it but as a whole there are better Beth Orton CD's out there in my opinion... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gran Torino
Anyone one who bothers to review & says different is both nether a Beth fan or has too much time to whinge about things on here in between games of dungeons and Dragons and trying... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Mr S T Jacques
This is an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful Beth Orton album for me. People are talking bout it's being very downtempo. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2013 by Kaan Sensoy
While not quite up there with 'Central Reservation' and 'Sugaring Season', this mid-career album showcases some of Orton's greatest talents, her special kind of song writing and... Read morePublished on 27 July 2013 by MR RACLARKERA
There are very few artists that can bring out a subsequent album as good as an excellent previous one, and here there is no exception. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by doug
one of the most listenable and emotive albums i've heard in a long while discovered this very late but glad i found it . Read morePublished on 25 April 2008 by Jane Sez