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  • 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 Gennoe

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Format: Audio CD
I must say that on first listening to Daybreaker, I felt that there was nothing there that grabbed my attention - nothing that made me sit up and take note. Nothing to shove whatever I was doing onto the back burner in order to listen to it. However, that could be because i'd just listened to Gemma Hayes' stunning Night on your side for the first time immediately prior to this one, and I was slightly hungover... therefore slightly behind events.
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!
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Heralded as being her most withdrawn album yet, Daybreaker proves that is all to the good as Beth Orton sweeps you into introspective bliss. She's also brought some friends along, with the Chemical Brothers, William Orbit and Ben Watt taking turns at production duty, but despite such heavy duty names, the indisputed star of the show is Orton herself.
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.
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I love this album, not as much as Central Reservation - which I still think is Beth's best CD, but the highlights for me are:
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!
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A review from a fan is obviously biased but there is no denying Beth Orton has a great voice. There is definitely a new sound to this record, The addition of an orchestra on 'Paris Train' is a nice touch. If you are looking for something more than Pop can offer then this an album worth listening to. Great Vocals and Lyrics provide Sensual listening.
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!!
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I bought this album after hearing some of Beth Orton's work with the Chemical Brothers, and its a classic!!! Truely amazing vocals mixed with excellent music you just can't go wrong, from start to finish its a winner. For me the best track is 'carmella' but the other 9 tracks are great aswell!
Buy this album and you won't be sorry!
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By A Customer on 29 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album continues in the same vain as the previous two albums, but is in some ways deeper- the violins are more sweeping the vocals more tender. The collaberations on this record are interesting.. this album appealed to me at once, but i'm sure it will grow in to a deeper love as well!
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A review from a fan is probably biased but you can't deny Beth Orton's voice has some great qualities. The new album is definitely a new sound, The addition of an orchestra is a great touch on 'Paris Train'. If you are looking for something more than Pop can offer then this is an album worth hearing, Great Vocals, lyrics and sensual listening.
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!!
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By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Like any artist, Beth Orton has her characteristic trademarks that run through her musical output. She has a distinctive voice (which is sometimes hard to understand); a great range of moods and emotions at her command as a songwriter/singer, and a trippy, dreamy quality that influences some of her writing and playing.

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.
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