Beth Orton
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Superpinkymandy ,
Trailer Park , 6/10
Central Reservation , 7/10
Daybreaker , 6/10
The Other Side of Daybreak (2003), 4/10
Comfort of Strangers (2006), 6/10

Beth Orton is a London-based singer songwriter who, having learned the trade from William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers, spices her pensive folk ballads with electronic sounds. Superpinkymandy (EMI, 1993) was recorded under the supervision of her mentor William Orbit and evoked Lida Husik's ethereal early work.

As a cross between Joni Mitchell and Bjork, Orton penned a few gems on Trailer Park (Dedicated, 1997): She Cries Your Name, Touch Me With Your Love and Someone's Daughter. The ten-minute Galaxy Of Emptiness attempts an ambitious fusion of folk and trip-hop.

Best Bit announced the folkish style of Central Reservation (Arista, 1999), whose standout ballads include Blood Red River, Central Reservation, Devil's Song and the single Stolen Car. Except for Stars All Seem To Weep, Orton has decided to focus on a more immediate and less cerebral style. As an old-fashioned folksinger, Orton prefers the waltzing tempo (Sweetest Decline, So Much More", Pass In Time) and the Joni Mitchell-esque hymn-like contralto.

Three or four gems (the orchestral Paris Train, the frenzy Daybreaker, the country ballad Concrete Sky, the metaphysical ode God Song) rescue Daybreaker (Heavenly, 2002), an album that tends to repeat itself and repeat the previous one. The Other Side of Daybreak (Astralwerks, 2003) contains the leftovers of the album's sessions and a few rarities.

Comfort of Strangers (Astralwerks, 2006) is another case of a few powerful songs (Heartland Truckstop, Safe In Your Arms) and some lovely ballads (Worms, Shadow of a Doubt, Conceived) squeezed between too much filler. Daybreaker (2002) and even more Comfort of Strangers (2006) charted a psychological territory halfway between Joni Mitchell's austere meditations and Cat Power's naive confessions.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Paolo Latini)

Beth Orton e' una cantante-cantautrice londinese, che imparando le lezioni di William Orbit e dei Chemical Brothers, condisce le sue pensose ballate folk con suoni elettronici. Superpinkymandy (EMI, 1993) fu registrato sotto l'egida del suo mentore William Orbit.

Ideale congiunzione tra Joni Mitchell e Bjork, la Orton cesella un pugno di gemme su Trailer Park (Dedicated, 1997): She Cries Your Name, Galaxy Of Emptiness, Touch Me With Your Love e Someone's Daughter.

Best Bit preannuncia lo stile folk di Central Reservation (Arista, 1999), le cui ballate includono Blood Red River, Central Reservation, Devil's Song ed il singolo Stolen Car. Tranne che per Stars All Seem To Weep, la Orton sembra voler mettere a fuoco uno stile piu' immediato e meno cerebrale. Da folksinger "vecchia maniera" qual e', la Orton preferisce i tempi "saltellati" (Sweetest Decline, So Much More", Pass In Time) e i contralti pseudo-inno Joni Mitchell-eschi.

Tre o quattro gemme (l'orchestrale Paris Train, la frenetica Daybreaker, la ballata country Concrete Sky, l'ode metafisica God Song) risollevano Daybreaker (Heavenly, 2002), un album che rischia di citare se stesso e quelli precedenti.

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