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Daybreaker [VINYL]

Beth Orton Vinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Singer/songwriter Beth Orton combined the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Born in Norwich, England in December 1970, Orton debuted as one half of the duo Spill, a one-off project with William Orbit which released a cover of John Martyn's ... Read more in Amazon's Beth Orton Store

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  • Vinyl (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B000069HH1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, but then its Beth! 8 Aug 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for a Sunday afternoon... 6 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Orton - Daybreaker 29 July 2002
By Kat
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heavenly girl 16 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some new classics on this record! 1 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and Dreamy 29 July 2002
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few classics on this record! 1 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedown Queen? 5 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's a well-worn view that Beth Orton's music is always at its most potent when Weatherall or Ed n' Tom couch her bleary-eyed melancholy in shimmering electronica. Orton took such exception to the 'crane-like-comedown-queen' tag that clung to her after 1996's acclaimed Trailer Park LP that she's branched out a wee bit, perhaps in order to distance herself from her early work.
On 1999's slightly-less-loved Central Reservation, she abandoned the dancefloor (and the post-club masses) for a jazzier, folkier direction in the vein of Terry Callier, Bryter-Later-era Nick Drake and John Martyn. The LP essentially won her a Brit for Best British Female, but critically, received less rapturous reviews than its predecessor due to a shortage of choruses and some snail-paced numbers. After three years, Daybreaker in a way returns to the ground where she made her name, with spectacular results...
Paris Train features almost Bjork-like, glistening vocals and a superb string line, thrillingly exciting, mirroring the dislocation of her lyrics and the descriptions of a passing and changing landscape. Perhaps a wee bit too long, and the ending isn't fully fashioned, but still a great opening track
Concrete Sky takes the tempo up a bit. It was co-written with Johnny Marr: the only surviving song from the ones they penned together (they apparently wrote about an album's worth). Fairly sparse, but upbeat and folky, it features the backing vocals of Ryan Adams to great effect - the two voices blend wonderfully. One of the years finest singles thus far; but it sounds a lot like the Orton of six years ago. Perhaps a sign that all these collaborations are cramping her style somewhat?
Mount Washington is overlong, but beautiful, jazz-inflected melancholy. The perfect 5am soundtrack after a night awake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beth Orton , buy if your a fan.
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Gran Torino
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime.
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Mr S T Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this album exceptionally underrated? This one is a rival to Central...
This is an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful Beth Orton album for me. People are talking bout it's being very downtempo. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kaan Sensoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare, Precious and Beautiful
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 more
Published 11 months ago by MR RACLARKERA
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not brilliant
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 more
Published 17 months ago by dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album
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... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by Jl Adcock
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic album in the true sense of the word
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 more
Published on 25 April 2008 by Jane Sez
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Disappointed by this album. I thought it was sure to be a winner having some fine musicians and songwriting talent (Chemical Brothers, Johnny Marr). Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2002 by r k oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars daybreaker by beth orton.
Sublime is orton's music. Daybreaker is a must have, you can't say it's her best yet as all of orton's albums contain nothing but her best,it's just another piece of work put out... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2002 by Joanne Mitchelle
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