by Beth Orton


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Perhaps more important than the great electronica revolution that, outside of a few key hits from Moby and Madonna, never really took hold is the stylistic shift caused by the increasing ranks of artists who came of age with both acoustic guitars and samplers. British singer-songwriter Beth Orton is sonic kin to Sarah McLachlan and Dido, both of whom have claimed chart success with their song-based experiments, and on her stunning third album, Daybreaker, Orton continues to blaze her own influential trail. Orton, who was "discovered" by Ray of Light producer William Orbit in the early '90s and has sung on every Chemical Brothers album, distinguishes herself as a clear descendant of British folkies such as Sandy Denny (to whom she owes her willowy vocals) and Nick Drake (her occasionally haunting acoustic guitar picking). Daybreaker, most of which was nimbly mixed by Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt, capitalizes on her strengths. More prominent than the occasional shimmering effects on the Chemical Brothers-produced "Paris Train" and the Orbit-mixed "Thinking About Tomorrow" are the lush, swooning strings and Orton's gutsy vocals, which are really the star of this show. She stakes new ground with her vocal contributors, who bring a sweet southern accent to the fold: Emmylou Harris harmonizes on the teary lament "God Song," and alt-country poster boy Ryan Adams sings on the piano-centric ballad "Concrete Sky" -- he also wrote the spare heartbreaker "This One's Gonna Bruise." But it's Orton's doe-eyed musings and aching delivery that assert her true star status, regardless of genre or chart success.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
Label: Astralwerks
UPC: 0724353991821
catalogNumber: 39918


  1. Paris Train
  2. Concrete Sky
  3. Mount Washington
  4. Anywhere
  5. Daybreaker
  6. Carmella
  7. God Song
  8. This One's Gonna Bruise
  9. Ted's Waltz
  10. Thinking About Tomorrow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Orton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Scott Minor   Percussion
Adam Peters   Cello,Keyboards
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass Guitar
Ben Watt   Piano
Ali Friend   Bass Guitar
Smokey Hormel   Electric Guitar
Dave Williams   Violin
Chemical Brothers   Track Performer
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Sara Wilson   Cello
Lascelles Gordon   Percussion
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Beki Doe   Violin
Howard Gott   Violin
Rob Spriggs   Viola
Sean Read   Keyboards
Ted Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Foot Stomping
Will Blanchard   Drums
Andy Nice   Cello
Andy Waterworth   Double Bass
Becca Ware   Viola
Catherine Browning   Violin
Lucy Shaw   Double Bass
Jon Birdsong   Trumpet
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Ruth Gottlieb   Violin
Brian G. Wright   Violin
Tim Myall   Violin
Richard George   Violin
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Matt Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

William Orbit   Vocal Producer
Scott Minor   Programming
Adam Peters   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Victor Van Vugt   Programming,Producer
Ben Watt   Producer,Vocal Producer
Beth Orton   Producer,Rhythm King
Jake Davies   Engineer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Beki Doe   String Arrangements
Keith Tenniswood   Programming
Jon Birdsong   Brass Arrangment
Richard "Dread" Mann   Engineer

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Daybreaker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, stunning, with lyrics that will stay with you long after the album is over. Her voice has never sounded better. Every song is a winner, no filler on this record. Try not to be moved by her voice on Paris Train. On Ted's Waltz, when she says, ''wipe out the sun from your eyes, that vicious sky.'' It gets under your skin, her voice, when she sings that line. Daybreaker is a keeper, an album that will be remembered for a long time to come. Beth orton is here to stay, and you know with each album, she matures and expands as an artist. Her light will never grow dim, she will always shine. Rock on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago