Listening to this again to write the review, somehow I missed the aching beauty of "Paris Train" my first run through with this album. On my second spin-through tonight, I'm beginning to think I was too harsh with Daybreaker when it was originally released. It doesn't have the haunting aesthetics of Trailer Park, the utter gorgeousness of Central Reservation, or even the bounce of the Best Bit ep. Of course tracks like "Concrete Sky" and "Anywhere" stood out with their upbeat melodies, the latter even reverting to trumpets for a bit of a calypso feel. And the downtempo "This One's Gonna Bruise" says enough in the title alone that a description would only be detracting rather than adding to the song. The jaunty "Carmella" harkens back to "Someone's Daughter" and "Live As You Dream" from Trailer Park, while "Thinking About Tomorrow" wouldn't have been out of place on Central Reservation. Initially, much of the album seemed faded out like the cover photo, but tonight I realized I was listening too much to her voice for the emotion rather than allowing the background orchestration, the cellos & violins, to hold that same emotional weight. Whenever you talk about Beth Orton, first and foremost is always going to be her voice, weary from sleep like it was freshly awoken by the morning light, the day breaking light. Long-time Beth fans will also note that she is continuing to move further away from her electronic beginnings as the primary vocalist for the Chemical Brothers and more towards this haunting folk-music you'd expect to hear on the North England shores. Daybreaker is an album that needs to grow on you like having your misty morning eyes, still full of sleep, opened by the rising sun only to look out your window and see a landscape of life.