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  • Summary: Jim O'Rourke produced the singer-songwriter's fourth LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. At 14 tracks long, Orton could have trimmed three or four cuts and left a near-flawless, efficient package that was all killer and no filler. As it stands, it is merely excellent.
  2. Orton's most naked, traditional-sounding CD. [10 Feb 2006, p.132]
  3. Comfort of Strangers is a more confident record than 2002’s Daybreaker, exhibiting an economy of craft and unvarnished execution that might glide by less attentive ears but rewards the keen consumer with a warmth and depth worthy of the artist who created Central Reservation.
  4. It's intimate, home, and it's never felt more comfortable.
  5. A lovely set of pop-flavored neo-folk. [11 Feb 2006]
  6. 70
    A perfectly pleasant and unoffending offering. [Mar 2006, p.116]
  7. As an album, Comfort of Strangers comes across as a missed opportunity. For the most part the album sounds fantastic, and you really want the songs to hit the spot more than they do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. RaülJ
    Feb 14, 2006
    10
    A masterpiece. Stunning
  2. StephenP
    Mar 18, 2006
    10
    This album is so beautiful, organic, lush, and heartfelt. I have found Orton to be "boring" in the past, and I cannot overstate how striking, This album is so beautiful, organic, lush, and heartfelt. I have found Orton to be "boring" in the past, and I cannot overstate how striking, pretty and engaging this album is. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. ta
    Apr 5, 2006
    10
    one of the best records of the year. beth is the most sexy musician
  4. KeriH
    Feb 8, 2006
    9
    Her finest work yet. Very intimate and dirrect. This simpler acoustic sound suits her better.
  5. JohnB
    Feb 7, 2006
    8
    like a better version of cat power who can actually play live.
  6. Matt
    Feb 7, 2006
    6
    From Orton, I like the electro-folk pop sound of Daybreaker the most. On Comfort Of Strangers, her voice, which I'm already not crazy From Orton, I like the electro-folk pop sound of Daybreaker the most. On Comfort Of Strangers, her voice, which I'm already not crazy about, sounds unclear. On the positive side, some songs do sound fresh. Expand
  7. DavidK.M
    Mar 8, 2006
    1
    Solid, long-time fan here. Without question the worst Orton album she's ever released. Maybe three decent cuts -- with the rest Solid, long-time fan here. Without question the worst Orton album she's ever released. Maybe three decent cuts -- with the rest rambling, bambling, shrilling, sinking. Can someone explain to me the positive reviews listed above? Am I in some alternate reality where people have ears on the bottom of their feet? What a disappointment. Expand

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