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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
Top Customer Reviews
Stay away from this one!
Beth Orton seem to be the critics pet and that is a sign that you should be "careful"... Orton's voice is very delicate or slender, and sometimes she is (wrongly) described by media as the new potential star in the singer/songwriter tradition.
This album does not include any song with hit potential but Orton has managed to write at least one song, "Carmella" with a melody you find yourself humming on from time to time. "Concrete sky", a duett with Ryan Adams, and the mentioned "Carmella" are the only two good songs, but that doesn't make up for the rest of the tracks that leaves you nothing but emotional empty.
If you looking for a good album in this line of music I suggest you buy the more talented Aimee Mann instead!
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 It has been replaced by a careful (in my opinion, too careful) post-production tweaking that makes the album sound...routine.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.
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
'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 morePublished on March 18 2004 by Laura
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 morePublished on March 1 2004 by John Leighton
After buying Central Reservations, I was captivated by Beth's vocal style which ranges from sweet, to sexy to innocent. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by greg reynaud
Listening to this again to write the review, somehow I missed the aching beauty of "Paris Train" my first run through with this album. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 21 2003
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
'Daybreaker' is chock full of quality introspective and heartfelt songs about loss and heartbreak, done in an alternative rock and folk style. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Matt Paproth