Central Reservation [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
On her stunning sophomore recording Central Reservation, Beth Orton slips free of the electronic textures that colored her acclaimed 1996 debut Trailer Park, stripping her music down to its raw essentials to produce a work of stark simplicity and rare poignancy. With the exception of a pair of Ben Watt-produced tracks "Stars All Seem to Weep" and a remix of the title cut, Central Reservation rejects synthetic sounds and beats altogether in favor of an organic atmosphere somewhere between folk, jazz and the blues; the focal point is instead Orton's evocatively soulful voice, which invests songs like "Sweetest Decline" and "Feel to Believe" with remarkable warmth and ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
On her stunning sophomore recording Central Reservation, Beth Orton slips free of the electronic textures that colored her acclaimed 1996 debut Trailer Park, stripping her music down to its raw essentials to produce a work of stark simplicity and rare poignancy. With the exception of a pair of Ben Watt-produced tracks "Stars All Seem to Weep" and a remix of the title cut, Central Reservation rejects synthetic sounds and beats altogether in favor of an organic atmosphere somewhere between folk, jazz and the blues; the focal point is instead Orton's evocatively soulful voice, which invests songs like "Sweetest Decline" and "Feel to Believe" with remarkable warmth and honesty. It's a risky move creatively as well as commercially -- after all, the club culture was the first to champion Orton's talents -- but it pays off handsomely. For all its brilliance, elements of Trailer Park already feel dated, but the new material possesses a timelessness that recalls the best of Nick Drake or Sandy Denny, with a haunting beauty to match. And while much has been made of the melancholy that pervades her music, ultimately Central Reservation is first and foremost a record about hope and survival; its emotional centerpiece, the seven-minute "Pass in Time" a spine-tingling duet with legendary folk-jazz mystic Terry Callier, grapples with the death of Orton's mother, but its underlying message of healing and perseverance is powerfully life-affirming -- her music hasn't merely discovered the light at the end of the tunnel, it's now bathing in it. [Central Reservation was released in Australia and Japan with two bonus tracks: "Best Bits" and "Precious Maybe."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 743216578726
  • Catalog Number: 21047

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stolen Car (5:25)
  2. 2 Sweetest Decline (5:39)
  3. 3 Couldn't Cause Me Harm (4:48)
  4. 4 So Much More (5:41)
  5. 5 Pass in Time (7:17)
  6. 6 Central Reservation (4:50)
  7. 7 Stars All Seem to Weep (4:39)
  8. 8 Love Like Laughter (3:07)
  9. 9 Blood Red River (4:15)
  10. 10 Devil Song (5:04)
  11. 11 Feel to Believe (4:04)
  12. 12 Central Reservation (3:57)
  13. 13 Best Bit (4:18)
  14. 14 Precious Maybe (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beth Orton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals
Ben Harper Electric Guitar
Henry Olsen Bass
David Roback Acoustic Guitar
Ben Watt Guitar, Keyboards, Sounds
Lucy Wilkins Violin
Ali Friend Bass
Sara Wilson Cello
Lascelles Gordon Percussion
Oliver Kraus Cello
Beki Doe Violin
Howard Gott Violin
Sean Read Piano, Keyboards
Ted Barnes Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Becca Ware Viola
Technical Credits
David Friedman Vibe Master
John Wood Engineer
Giles Hall Engineer
David Roback Producer
Trevor Smith Engineer
Victor Van Vugt Producer, Engineer
Ben Watt Programming, Producer, Engineer, beats
Dick Meaney Engineer
Beth Orton Producer
Oliver Kraus String Arrangements
Beki Doe String Arrangements
Jan "Stan" Kybert Digital Editing
Tim Young Mastering
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