Daybreaker - Beth Orton
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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Jul 21, 2013
    9
    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
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Orton has a flair for penning languid, spacious songs whose forlorn characters seem as adrift as the music's fleeting acoustic guitar chords and absentminded piano tinkles.
  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. Tortoise-pace strumming and a crippling shortage of choruses produce only torpor. [Aug 2002, p.131]