Reportedly, she almost gave up music in the interim. State of Grace Beth Orton. The Sea and Cake. Her playing shines throughout. It was as if she was afraid to delve into what her voice was capable of, so her singing sometimes had the effect of skating over a very hard surface, and the depth of the lyrics was never reflected in her vocal delivery. The slow descent into torpor and sonic despair that many people were expecting is nowhere to be heard as surprisingly, Sugaring Season emerges as the most beautiful, uplifting and cohesive album Beth Orton has ever recorded. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

Call Me the Breeze. This might have been a maudlin moment on the album; it’s not. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. It was at that time she first emerged, from the rave scene and through collaborations with William Orbit , The Chemical Brothers and Andrew Weatherall , who produced her album, Trailer Park. Like its predecessor, the album had some great lyrics and interesting melodies, but the whole affair seemed listless, sludgy and unfocused. While Orton ‘s lyrics are as mercurial as ever, there is a sense of a life cycle here. Links Reviews available at www. Last Leaves of Autumn.

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AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Drinking Seasob Out In Love. The folk current is laid down right from that opening track and weaves its way throughout the rest of this album. Introspection Late Night Partying.

If it were any more intimate, it would be sitting on your lap. Closer “Mystery” is among the most beautiful songs Orton ‘s ever written. Now that over a half-decade has passed since the release seasob her last album, Beth Orton clearly has a lot riding on Sugaring Season and thankfully, after listening through each of the songs over a dozen times, the news is all good. Her singing voice, which has been her trademark since “Central Reservation,” is richer, fuller, more assertive here than sugaaring before.

Something More Beautiful sacrifices mood for a tune.

She beht travails during a period of waiting and confusion with no clear direction in “Magpie. Flourishes of jazz on the single Something More Beautiful, really do beautify Beth’s vocals and as the song swells in its chorus, the result is quite good. Push the Sky Away. The title refers to the time of year when maple trees are “tapped”; gallons of sap are collected, then boiled down to remove their bitterness; the slight remainder is used for maple syrup. Clips taken from original discs may contain strong language.


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I loved her music years ago with Trailer Park and Central Reservation, but this far exceeds either of those. It is a most welcome return from exile. While Orton ‘s lyrics are as mercurial as ever, there is a sense of a life cycle here. Find out more about our use of this data. The prior’s country tinge and melody stands out on this mostly quiet and short album.

It’s a metaphor for these ten songs. Sugaring Season is sophisticated, mature, and rife with quiet passion. Streams Videos All Posts. Such a voice perhaps explains her limited mainstream success, but then the sugaing often struggles.

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Like its predecessor, the album had some great lyrics and interesting melodies, but the whole affair seemed listless, sludgy and unfocused. Instead, it is sprightly and mellifluous, as Nico Muhly ‘s string arrangement meets Burger ‘s clipped upright piano, with a strolling bassline and her voice shifting gears through her register, from smoky contralto to falsetto. Recorded in Portland, Oregon alongside My Morning Jacket producer Tucker Martine, it continues her almost unsettling course of introspection.

Orton took regular lessons with the late Bert Jansch toward the end of his life, and it shows here.

Songs occasionally drift a little aimlessly: It has been a long time since I’ve found an album that pulls me in so deeply. It was a hard act to maintain, and by the time Daybreaker came out ina certain strain was beginning to show even though many of the songs on that album were quite good. Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. It offers respite as it whispers to a close. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

Her dance roots are now far behind her. Its songs are informed by the struggles inherent in everyday life, but also account for dreams, small triumphs, and the redemptive power of love. Last Leaves of Autumn.


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If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. It is produced beautifully, Orton’s voice sounds connected to the earth and the cosmos at the same time, and the songs are playful, soulful, and poetic. This work sugarint licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

Sugaging Chorus Beth Orton. Beth is at her most vulnerable on the closer Mystery, and her vocals shine. Last Leaves of Autumn. More from Beth Orton More. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. With her unique voice and songwriting, it was obvious that Norfolk-born Brit Award-winner Beth Orton would outlive the hedonism of the early 90s.

The song sugarring an offer of solace and comfort. Though one can find quite a few aspects to like on Sugaring Season, the album is a bit bland, vacant, and energy seems hard to summon. On every song in Sugaring Seasonthe attitude and poise that often substituted for vocal perfection has been replaced with a fearless attitude towards singing.

Of course some of the credit must go to producer and multi-instrumentalist Tucker Martine Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell who along with such heavyweights as Brian Blade on drums and Mark Ribot Tom Waits on guitar create beautiful acoustic soundscapes for Orton to sing over.

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. And, when Comfort of Strangers was released in with its more folky, acoustic sound, it befh clear that Orton was beginning to lose her sense of direction. Find out more about page archiving. Seaskn Season is the Beth Orton album people have been waiting for.

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Call Me the Breeze. Her best still remains Central Reservation fromfollowed by ‘s Comfort of Strangers. This delicacy was always the logical progression, and fans growing with Orton will find much to love about Sugaring Season.

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