Other Side of Daybreak

The Other Side of Daybreak

by Beth Orton
     
 

A companion to her acclaimed 2002 album, Daybreaker, this ten-song collection of remixes and rarities spans the breadth of Beth Orton's talent, from expressive folkie to electronica experimentalist. On the former count, her acoustic version of the Five Stairsteps' gospel-tinged soul hit "Ooh Child"…  See more details below

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A companion to her acclaimed 2002 album, Daybreaker, this ten-song collection of remixes and rarities spans the breadth of Beth Orton's talent, from expressive folkie to electronica experimentalist. On the former count, her acoustic version of the Five Stairsteps' gospel-tinged soul hit "Ooh Child" flaunts the aching beauty in Orton's willowy voice, and the live acoustic rendition of her own "Concrete Sky" strips the original of Ryan Adams's cushioning harmonies and a tinkling piano arrangement to reveal the heartache at the song's core. But Orton's traditionalist tendencies have always coexisted with her desire to stretch her songs at the hands of able knob-twiddlers like the Chemical Brothers. Here, she collects remixes from post-rock sound collagist Four Tet, trip-hop boundary pusher Roots Manuva, and IDM linchpin Two Lone Swordsmen. Four Tet, a.k.a. Kieran Hebden, turns in an exceptional version of "Beautiful World" that nods to both the Velvet Underground and the psychedelic techno of the Chem Bros (i.e., "The Private Psychedelic Reel"), and Roots Manuva, a.k.a. Rodney Smith, makes an unlikely infusion of leathery hip-hop beats and sultry raps work to Orton's advantage. Throw in two album-worthy Daybreaker outtakes -- the spare "Ali's Waltz" and the swooning, strings-enhanced "Bobby Gentry" (sic), named for the unsung country singer and Glen Campbell duet partner -- plus a video for "Concrete Sky," and you have an essential hour's worth of music from a diverse and fascinating talent.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Singer/songwriter Beth Orton freshened up the somber spirit of her 2002 effort Daybreaker with The Other Side of Daybreak. This mix of treasures culls B-sides, remixes, and rarities from some of Orton's sunnier moments, offering a rosy-colored theme to Daybreaker itself. The chilling remake of the Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child" is a delightful surprise, while select remixes by Four Tet add an impressive style and vibe to "Carmella" and "Daybreaker." Orton's talent as a singer and songwriter prevent her from falling into any one category. The Other Side of Daybreak proves that. Elements of Orton's fragile presentation yearn to be reshaped, and that's what makes her a star among many. An acoustic version of Orton's soon-to-be classic, "Concrete Sky," captures a brilliant moment from her sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Fans will be smitten with Orton's ease as a performer, for this lovely song highlights Orton's natural warmth as an individual and as an artist. The Other Side of Daybreak is an added bonus for Orton loyalists; although Daybreaker wasn't as cohesive as Central Reservation, it should be appreciated in the long run of her blossoming career.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
A slim but appealing collection of remixes and outtakes.
Rolling Stone - Geoffrey Himes
You can mess with Orton's music however you want...and the songs will still work, because her melodies are that strong and her voice that compelling.
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Farber
[Orton's] "Ooh Child" may be the most wounded version of the classic ever. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724359226606
catalogNumber:
92266

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Orton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jude Cole   Guitar,Keyboards
Wrecking Crew   Strings
Jim Keltner   Drums
Steve Lewinson   Double Bass
Scott Minor   Percussion
Adam Peters   Cello,Conductor,Keyboards
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Ben Watt   Piano
Ali Friend   Bass
Smokey Hormel   Electric Guitar
Lascelles Gordon   Percussion
Sean Read   Keyboards
Ted Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Slide Guitar
Will Blanchard   Drums
Kieran Hebden   Sounds
Aaron Embry   Organ,Bass,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Jude Cole   Producer
William Orbit   Vocal Producer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Scott Minor   Programming
Adam Peters   String Arrangements
Sebastian Steinberg   Composer
Danton Supple   Engineer
Victor Van Vugt   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Stan Vincent   Composer
Ali Friend   Composer
Chemical Brothers   Producer
Beth Orton   Composer,Producer,Rhythm King
International People's Gang   Producer,Remixing
Two Lone Swordsmen   Producer,Remixing
Jake Davies   Engineer
Steve Dub   Engineer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Beki Doe   String Arrangements
Keith Tenniswood   Programming
Sean Read   Composer
Ted Barnes   Composer
Ian Robertson   Digital Editing
Will Blanchard   Composer
Dave Reed   Engineer
Four Tet   Producer,Remixing
Roots Manuva   Producer,Remixing
Kieran Hebden   Producer,Engineer
Giles Deacon   Illustrations

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