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Beth Orton - Central Reservation [Australian Edition] (1999)

Electronic, Indie, Folk | Author: artmuss | 4-07-2017, 15:20
Beth Orton - Central Reservation [Australian Edition] (1999)Artist: Beth Orton
Title Of Album: Central Reservation
Year Of Release: 1999
Label (Catalog#): Deconstruction/BMG Records [74321 73479 2]
Country: England
Genre: Folktronica, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Quality: FLAC (*tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:16:07
Full Size: 553 mb

On her stunning sophomore album, 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.

TRACKLIST:

01 - Stolen Car
02 - Sweetest Decline
03 - Couldn't Cause Me Harm
04 - So Much More
05 - Pass In Time
06 - Central Reservation (Original Version)
07 - Stars All Seem To Weep
08 - Love Like Laughter
09 - Blood Red River
10 - Devil Song
11 - Feel To Believe
12 - Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)

Bonus Tracks
13 - Best Bit
14 - Precious Maybe
15 - Central Reservation (Spiritual Life - Ibadan Edit)
16 - Central Reservation (William Orbit Remix)

Ted Barnes — acoustic guitar, bouzouki, guitar, slide guitar
Will Blanchard — drums
Terry Callier — background vocals
Calina de la Mare — violin
Dr. Robert — guitar
Beki Doe — violin
Dr. John — piano
David Friedman — vibraphone
Ali Friend — bass
Lascelles Gordon — percussion
Howard Gott — violin
Ruth Gottlieb — violin
Ben Harper — electric guitar
Oliver Kraus — cello
Henry Olsen — bass
Beth Orton — acoustic guitar, guitar, vocals
Sean Read — piano, keyboards
Becca Ware — viola
Andy Waterworth — double bass
Ben Watt — guitar, keyboards
Lucy Wilkins — violin
Sara Wilson — cello






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