For a while I was worried that I was the only one disappointed by 2002's "daybreaker", thinking that maybe I just didn't understand the record, that something was going over my head. In actuality, I think it's the record itself that was over the top. Only a handful of tracks seemed like real Beth Orton songs and the rest were lost in orchestration or aimless lyricism. "The other side of daybreak" is a much more steadfast collection, starting with a solid rendition of "ooh child" and ending with the excellent two lone swordsmen remix of "anywhere". So far, anything that Ryan Adam's has contributed to has ended up compromising the artist's work, save for Lucinda Williams' stunning song "Essence" and Beth's single "Concrete Sky". The acoustic version here, however, is just as strong without Adams' backing vocals. While "Carmella" seemed a bit too smug on "daybreaker", the four tet remix changes it into eleven minutes of bliss rivalling the electronic compositions from Beth's "Trailer Park". I think what really makes "The Other Side..." such a triumph is that it manages to please consistantly throughout without compromising Beth Orton's style and songwriting. All of the remixes make improvements on the originals and make them fit in with Beth's pre-daybreaker catalogue. "Ali's Waltz", "Bobby Gentry" and "Beautiful World" are at least twice as satisfying as "Ted's Waltz", "Paris Train" and the maudlin "This One's Gonna Bruise".
I don't think "Daybreaker" itself was total rubbish, I just find much more to sing about and sing along to on "the other side..."