Trailer Park

Trailer Park

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by Beth Orton
     
 

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Although she's a woman with a guitar and a passel of affecting songs, it's wrong to call English singer-songwriter Beth Orton a folkie. In fact, Orton first gained notice via her collaborations with such electronica artists as Red Snapper, William Orbit, and the ChemicalSee more details below

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Although she's a woman with a guitar and a passel of affecting songs, it's wrong to call English singer-songwriter Beth Orton a folkie. In fact, Orton first gained notice via her collaborations with such electronica artists as Red Snapper, William Orbit, and the Chemical Brothers, and her 1996 debut album, Trailer Park, features spare backing that varies from light trip-hop soundscapes to ethereal art pop. But no matter how you categorize her, Orton's voice and songs win on their own terms. Her singing carries a world-weary lilt not unlike that of English folk matron Linda Thompson; her lyrics are plaintive ruminations about loss and longing. On "Live As You Dream," a song in which she off-quotes Joseph Conrad by way of Gang of Four, she cynically snaps at her lover with subtle barbs like, "If you've taken me for someone who cares/There's a dream that we both have shared." In "She Cries Your Name," she cribs a melodic motif from "Stairway to Heaven" and weds it to a gorgeous folk epic. In an age chock-full of hipster waifs and Lilith maidens in waiting, Orton is a distinct voice and a powerful talent.

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A folkie for the electronica age, Beth Orton brilliantly bridges the gap between acoustic songcraft and digital dance beats with her extraordinary debut album, Trailer Park. Fusing the plaintive emotional power of the singer/songwriter tradition with the distanced cool of trip-hop rhythms, Orton creates a fresh, distinct, and surprisingly organic sound without obvious precedent; blessed with a warm, ethereal voice capable of adapting comfortably to Spartan folk ("Whenever," a touching cover of the Spector/Greenwich/Barry-penned "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine"), buoyant pop ("Live as We Dream," "How Far"), and spacy, densely layered electronica ("Tangent," "Touch Me with Your Love"), she shifts gears with remarkable ease, the depth and clarity of her unique perspective connecting even the most disparate tracks together into a unified whole. Simply put, Trailer Park is one of the most promising and innovative debuts of its era.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/1997
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0617024400725
catalogNumber:
44007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Orton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Ali Friend   Double Bass
Sara Wilson   Cello
Sean Kilbride   Dulcimer
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Nia Bevan   Violin
Dave Boulter   Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Beki Doe   Violin
Howard Gott   Violin
Tasha Lee McCluney   Background Vocals
Rob Spriggs   Viola
Keith Tenniswood   Guitar,Keyboards
Sean Read   Piano,Hammond Organ
Lee Spencer   Keyboards
Ted Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Will Blanchard   Drums
Andrew Hackett   Electric Guitar
Becca Ware   Viola

Technical Credits

Victor Van Vugt   Producer
Andrew Weatherall   Producer
Ali Friend   Composer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Beki Doe   String Arrangements
Keith Tenniswood   Engineer
Toby Bush   Engineer
Gideon Schaltman   Engineer

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