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Beth Orton - Daybreaker,
This review is from: Daybreaker (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Heralded as being her most withdrawn album yet, Daybreaker proves that is all to the good as Beth Orton sweeps you into introspective bliss.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.