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 It has been replaced by a careful (in my opinion, too careful) post-production tweaking that makes the album sound...routine.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.