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Daybreaker

Beth Orton Audio CD
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1. Paris Train
2. Concrete Sky
3. Mount Washington
4. Anywhere
5. Daybreaker
6. Carmella
7. God Song
8. This One's Gonna Bruise
9. Ted's Waltz
10. Thinking About Tomorrow

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Like Beth Orton's previous offerings, her third album makes a slight first impression. Sure, the jangly acoustic guitars, drifting melodies, and robust voice are pleasant enough, but it is only after a while that the true potency of the songs becomes apparent. "Nobody can keep you from the one you know you are," she sings quietly on "Mount Washington." Fueled by her mother's early passing, each of Orton's songs is accordingly anchored by a deep sense of sadness and loss. Despite the occasional electronic flourishes at the hands of collaborators such as the Chemical Brothers and Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt, and the beaming West Coast harmonies she shares with pal Ryan Adams, Daybreaker is a supremely personal record. "There's a concrete sky falling from the trees again and I don't know why," she muses on "Concrete Sky." And like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake--the hopeless folk icons that came before her--there seems to be a sublime urgency in her work that suggests a seemingly innocent song like "Thinking About Tomorrow" is not so much about optimism as fate. --Aidin Vaziri

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Orton,Beth ~ Daybreaker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling effort, yet has a few gems. Jan. 2 2004
By Dano M
Format:Audio CD
Beth Orton, what have you done?
It seems that she has performed a stylistic change that ends up smothering the album in a downtempo mood. As with a previous reviewer, I agree in that Orton has made a significant stylistic change. Gone is the juxtaposition of folk with electronic, the inventive, the unpredictability of her first two albums. It has been replaced by a careful (in my opinion, too careful) post-production tweaking that makes the album sound...routine. This is NOT to say the album is a bad one. Certain songs hit amazingly sweet points, such as "this One's gonna hurt'. I think that 'Thinking about tomorrow' can stand on its own merits, sweetly fading into the background. For me, the only stylistic shakeup is the wonderful, unexpected 'Anywhere', showing the old Beth's ability to suprise. While definitely worth a listen (or for that matter, repeated listens), this album is more for the established fan. Newcomers should be directed to the stunning 'Central Reservation' or the equally sublime 'Trailer Park' before purchasing this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars oh sweet muse... Dec 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
beth orton sings like an angel. and it's prolly because she is. a british one, maybe with bad but forgivable teeth simply because, well, she's cute as a frekin button (just check out the cover art on 'central reservation'). her third full length lp after two other great records (trailer park and central reservation), here beth orton ditches some trip hop found more in her first two albums for some more straight up folk guitar work (not to say there is no hint of trip hop in here, it's just not so much in the front). on central reservation, the songs fly by up until track 7, 'the stars all seem to weep', one of my favorite songs on the album and undoubtedly the track with the most electronic feel, and then things get simpler yet strangely more dense with introspection and darker lyrics and sounds. near the end, feel to believe, a strict-folk affair, ends the album perfectly, kind of summing up her entire sad philosophy, though without despair, more hopeful than bleak, as if her body was out of her control (the passive, introspective staple of most folk greats).
on daybreaker, you get more folk and definitely more of a rewarding experience than her first two lps, that is if you can ditch the kneejerk reaction that this orton album is not nearly as accessible as her first two. when i first purchased daybreaker, the week it was released, i was kinda disappointed. i wanted a whole album of well produced songs like 'the stars all seem to weep' but instead here was an orton album that was really rough around the edges. but it was still a grower...
i lost my copy of daybreaker a few months after i purchased it (i seem to lose all my favorite cds: american music club - mercury, san francisco, sparklehorse - it's a wonderful life, a cat power lp).
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4.0 out of 5 stars "If it sounds good, it IS good" - L. Armstrong Nov. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Why do I like Beth Orton? This is the imponderable question I still face after the third week of Daybreaker's undisputed reign on my CD player. Comparisons with Joni Mitchell don't hold up, because (a) Mitchell can actually sing and (b) her songs work whether they're done a cappella or with just a guitar or being mangled by Judy Collins and an orchestra. Orton's songs could only possibly be performed by herself, with her arrangements (and those of her electronica collaborators), and quite frankly, she has a voice like Björk with laryngitis and a hangover. And yet...this album is utterly compelling, and gets more so with repeated listening. Her impressionistic lyrics have the same sneak-up-from-behind impact as those of early Suzanne Vega, and her arrangements are as magpie-like in their eclecticism as Beck's but more restrained, perhaps a little more grown-up (not that any of us wants Beck to grow up any time soon). Whatever the reason, these songs are far more than the sum of their parts. So, I give in, both to Armstrong's indisputable dictum and to Orton's inscrutable talent. I'm in the process of buying all her back catalogue. Resistance, apparently, is futile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daybreaker Nov. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orton at her best
'Daybreaker' is by far one of my favourite albums by a woman EVER. Orton has this special feel about her music that just keeps you attached. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best album, and most accessible
What a good fortune that Beth's best album is also the album I would recommend to someone who had never heard her before. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by John Leighton
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
After buying Central Reservations, I was captivated by Beth's vocal style which ranges from sweet, to sexy to innocent. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Nick Drake comparison? Please!
This is nowhere near the truly unique voice of Nick Drake. This is way more overproduced and nowhere near as ambitious as any of Drake's work. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by greg reynaud
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like This CD- Finally!
I bought this CD over a year ago, and was thouroughly disappointed. I was convinced that I had wasted my money and only played it as backround music at work so that I felt better... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by "sunnieday"
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent CD
While I still love Central Reservation better. This CD takes her to a new level. Shows she's growing and experiments. Concrete Sky gets five stars.
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by D. Casto
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Melodious! Check out 'Me Died Blue' too!
'Daybreaker' is chock full of quality introspective and heartfelt songs about loss and heartbreak, done in an alternative rock and folk style. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars on ted's waltz
I don't write a lot of reviews on here, mostly because there are so many people writing them and I find them helpful enough without contributing my own opinion. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Matt Paproth
5.0 out of 5 stars This Diamond Is No Longer In The Rough
I have been a fan of Beth Orton since I heard her voice on "The Next Best Thing" soundtrack. I knew she had a voice that I needed to hear more of. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by Juan Ramirez
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