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Sugaring Season [VINYL]

Beth Orton Vinyl
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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 (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B008U2J1QE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Magpie
2. Dawn Chorus
3. Candles
4. Something More Beautiful
5. Call Me The Breeze
Disc: 2
1. Poison Tree
2. See Through Blue
3. Last Leaves Of Autumn
4. State Of Grace
5. Mystery

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BBC Review

With her unique voice and songwriting, it was obvious that Norfolk-born Brit Award-winner Beth Orton would outlive the hedonism of the early 90s. It was at that time she first emerged, from the rave scene and through collaborations with William Orbit, The Chemical Brothers and Andrew Weatherall, who produced her 1996 album, Trailer Park.

Busy with new-motherhood, the ex-comedown queen has been quiet since 2006’s Comfort of Strangers, itself arriving after a prolonged absence and a parting of ways with the Heavenly label. Sugaring Season continues her drift away from the folktronica of her earlier work into more traditional alt-folk pastures. And the pastoral is a significant influence over the album, song titles alone sounding like headlines in the RSPB’s monthly newsletter.

Her instantly recognisable delivery remains unchanged. It’s warm, wrought, intimate or nasal, depending upon your view. Such a voice perhaps explains her limited mainstream success, but then the sublime often struggles.

With folk-hued fare riding enjoying mainstream popularity, this is an opportune moment for Orton’s return. Recorded in Portland, Oregon alongside My Morning Jacket producer Tucker Martine, it continues her almost unsettling course of introspection. It is mostly self-written, although Chemical Brother Tom Rowland co-writes the surging, catchy Call Me the Breeze.

The mysterious Magpie is a perfect opener, spellbinding the listener into Orton’s world, as her vocal spins a mesmerising trance, harmonising with strings and pulling you into a swamp-blues embrace that does not let go. If it were any more intimate, it would be sitting on your lap. The lullaby-like See Through Blue will stir any parents’ future hopes for their offspring.

Songs occasionally drift a little aimlessly: Something More Beautiful sacrifices mood for a tune. But when listened to at night, Orton’s unique voodoo pulls you closer and standouts, such as the elegant Candles, which tiptoes elegantly through the darkest of hours, become evident.

This delicacy was always the logical progression, and fans growing with Orton will find much to love about Sugaring Season. Her dance roots are now far behind her.

--Ian Winwood

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What is known as the Sugaring Season runs in the US state of Vermont from around March to mid-April. It is when producers all around the state collect maple sap and boil it down to the sweet sticky syrup. It is the same maple trees that lead to that stunning sweep of colour in the vibrant fall foliage. Beth Orton's new album seems to combines both events. It is very much a hymn to Autumnal and pastoral moods but combined with a lovely bruised fragility which makes this album such a real treat.

Gone is all the shimmering electronica and digital files of the dallainces with Andy Weatherall or the Chemical Brothers, indeed the template is much more in tune with her frequent collaborations with Ryan Adams. Following a lengthy hiatus to bring up her daughter this is her first album in six years that firmly sticks to the acoustic knitting and is all the better for it. In that time she built up a considerable backlog of songs and in the selections here has largely chosen wisely. Opener "Magpie" has a bluesy tint to the essential folk based melancholy. It builds to a big finish as Orton's vocals stretch and the intensity ratchets up. More gentle are the following tracks, the lifting pop of "Dawn chorus" and the almost Nick Drake sounding guitar backdrop to "Candles" where Orton's haunting vocals are at their very best. The slow piano ballad laden with violins "Something more beautiful" is an undoubted highlight and will replay repeated listens. One sour note comes in the form of the Weimar cabaret of "See Through Blue" where she tries to adopt a Dietrich style loftiness but it all feels rather contrived and breaks the flow of the album. Still it comes in under two minutes and is followed by "Last leaves of Autumn" which is one of the best things Beth Orton has ever done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 20 Oct 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Anyway I am a massive Beth Orton fan... but this is a step away from her usual dancey spin offs... this is mature, sweet, haunting and best listened to at night when you want to chill... My boyfriend is a die-hard reggae fan and even he fell in love with Beth.

It's not her most accessible album but it is a jump from her previous stark 'Comfort of Strangers' (also amazing) and after a few listens I started to navigate the album. It's a whole album experience rather than a singles machine. Beth's voice is just soooo beautiful!!!!! Can't wait to see her live!!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 10 tracks 3 Oct 2012
By kb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The last three tracks listed in the product information are not actually on this cd - they are bonus tracks on the deluxe MP3 edition and Amazon have mistakenly said that you can get them on this cd too. Just so you know...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon screw up 28 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's great that Beth is back in circulation again with a good album and I'm looking forward to seeing her in concert but Amazon screwed up on the description. When I pre-ordered the album about a month before its release, Amazon's website was showing 13 tracks on the CD and only 10 tracks on the MP3. I thought it a bit strange but I was a bit pissed off but not totally surprised when it turned out the other way round and no apologies from Amazon regarding their mistake. If they had got it correct at the beginning I would have ordered the MP3 version instead
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep and satisfying 3 Oct 2012
By jwmuk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must admit to being a big fan of Beth Orton, having seen her live many times and bought and listened to all her previous albums. Objectively, it has been hard to compare albums to her first, Trailer Park being such a classic for me, but this new album definitely stands apart, fantastic songwriting allayed to some super sonics, at least on the first half of the album, it drifts a little in the second half but I am excited about hearing these songs live.

If you have never heard Beth Orton before, this is a fine place to start, if you have and didn't see what the fuss was about, this may not change your mind on first listen but stick with it, there is real beauty to be found.

Here is hoping this is the start of a more prolific period... I can't wait another 6 years!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... deceptively simple, plain gorgeous 19 Jan 2013
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Beth Orton from the early days, and have followed her career with great interest. I will admit that I was let down by her most recent album, 2006's "Comfort of Strangers", as it seemed Orton wasn't quite sure how to evolve from "folktronica" yet remain true. After a long 6 year wait, we finally get the newest album (released Cot, 2012).

"Sugaring Season" (10 tracks; 37 min.) kicks off with the most 'urgent' track on here, an almost epic "Magpie", which is the only track that features the backing band in full force. When tracks 2 "Dawn Chorus" and "Mystery" gently roll in, it is clear that indeed the days of "folktronica" are gone for good. But as the tracks go on by, what stuck me is that the album sounds deceptively simple, yet in the end plain gorgeous. Check out "Something More Beautiful" (co-written with M. Ward), which reminds me of the sound from Over the Rhine. My favorite track on the album is "Poison Tree", which kicks off the second half of the album, and it's like Joni Mitchell from 40 years ago. Track 9 "State of Grace" is in the same Joni-vein, just great. As "Last Leaves of Autumn" opens with Beth on pion, my first thought was "Nataie Merchant", and I mean that as a compliment as well.

At just 37 min., this album clips by in no time, and I have been playing this a LOT. I had the good fortune of catching Beth Orton live at the U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC last May, when she was 'road-testing' material from this album (playing Poison Tree, Candles, and Mystery), but also bringing many nuggets from the past (including a bunch from "Central Reservation" and "Trailer Park" such as Stolen Car, Sugar Boy, etc. etc.). What a great performance that was. Meanwhile "Sugaring Season" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was bought as a present
Published 1 month ago by Mossmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Others have written plenty so i shan't add to that much other than to say this is a beautiful album, highly recommended!
Published 10 months ago by Matthew Guy Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Orton
Bought this for the Mrs and she reckons its her best. When I hear it in passing I like it. Sounds crafted and smooth.
Published 15 months ago by P. A. Cashin
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented musician
This album features some interesting songs - very thought provoking words - I like her style and shall look out for more of her albums.
Published 16 months ago by R. J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband says it's great!
Present for my husband, has an old Beth Orton album, taken him a while to listen to it, he loves it
Published 18 months ago by Jane Packer
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful record
Beth Orton just gets better & better..A beautiful record full of well crafted songs..sometimes her voice aches! Read more
Published 18 months ago by delfin
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 only
On this album there are only 2 songs we like, Call Me The Breeze is excellent and is the reason we purchased the album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by dorico
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
A marvellous album.
Mature, brave, beautifully produced, good use of collaborations.
An artist I will definitely be following from now on.
Published 19 months ago by Stravaigin
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower - and still moving away from electronica
Six years is quite some gap since the last album, the stripped down 'Comfort of Strangers', so I approached this album with considerable interest and some trepidation. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Not up to anywhere near her usual high standard. Boring, boring, boring etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc
Published 21 months ago by Mr. M. E. Herwin
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