Daybreaker - Beth Orton
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  • Summary: The English singer-songwriter's third LP features quite an array of guests, including Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris, and the Chemical Brothers (who have utilized Orton's vocals on several of their own albums). Another longtime collaborator, William Orbit, appears for one track, with the remainder of the mixing duties falling to Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Daybreaker bears all the strengths and beauty of the earlier Orton CDs, but it also shows some growth.
  2. Yeah, she’s sticking with the formula that got her going six years ago, but when it actually works, why bother messing with it?
  3. 80
    Daybreaker is Orton's ultimate heartstring-pulling concoction. [Jul 2002, p.80]
  4. 70
    Daybreaker is no less gripping for its optimism. [Sep 2002, p.250]
  5. This time, the arrangements that envelop Orton's ruminations on various ill-suited partners are too hazy and languid.
  6. Although it's perhaps her most consistent and mature work to date, it's also her least engaging, never matching the dizzying heights of her previous efforts even as it consciously avoids past pitfalls.
  7. Orton seems to be embracing the humdrum, schlocky sound of New Age crooners and adult contemporary mush like Dido.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. KeithY.
    Aug 11, 2002
    Fantastic! Must buy!
  2. Jul 21, 2013
    Orton's strongest and most satisfying outing to date, Daybreaker achieves that rare balance of musical diversity and thematic cohesion. Choice collaborations with the likes of Ryan Adams, Emmy Lou Harris and Johnny Marr extend Orton's artistic range. But it's the production that elevates this record, with Victor Van Vugt, William Orbit, the Chemical Brothers, Ben Watt and Orton herself contributing to an overall intensity and warmth that eclipses 1999s Central Reservation. Listen to: "Mount Washington", a slow motion launch into a haze of sound that is Orton's folktronica tour-de-force. Expand
  3. JonB
    Sep 12, 2007
    this CD is a departure from her previous two. I probably would have rated it around a 3 or 4 when I first heard it. But I dusted it off recently and have come to enjoy it very much. I think the sound and mood of this CD is an acquired taste and may take repeated spins to fully appreciate it's moody quality. Expand

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