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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 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 herselfOrton'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. Collapse
  2. JonB
    Sep 12, 2007
    8
    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.
  3. NseE
    Mar 15, 2003
    10
    This is a beautiful cd. "Daybreaker" and "Concrete sky" are 2 different but beautiful examples of the styles on it.
  4. MickR
    Nov 7, 2002
    5
    I luv Beth, but really am disappointed with this disc. Her two previous album plus her EP is a must, but I wouldn't recommend this one to my friends....I don't think Ryan Adams is very talented and his noncreativity is rubbing off on Beth. I hope she doesn't become one of those artists who get major airplay on Dawson's Creek.
  5. KeithY.
    Aug 11, 2002
    10
    Fantastic! Must buy!
  6. TomT.
    Aug 7, 2002
    8
    Although it is hard to follow a really good CD, I think Beth has remained true to her roots... and sings like she means it!!
Metascore
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]