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Comfort of Strangers

Beth Orton

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Worms    
  2   Conceived    
  3   Comfort Of Strangers    
  4   Heartland Truckstop    
  5   Shadow Of A Doubt    
  6   Safe In Your Arms    
  7   Countenance    
  8   Rectify    
  9   Feral Children    
  10   Shopping Trolley    
  11   A Place Aside    
  12   Absinthe    
  13   Heart Of Soul    
  14   Pieces Of Sky    

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Beth Orton has never been one to rush albums. It was six years between her 1996 debut Trailer Park and 2002's Daybreaker. In that time she made a purposeful move away from the chilled trip-hop beats that accompanied the folky songs of her debut in an attempt to shake the "Comedown Queen" tag - a name given to her by the clubbing culture who had embraced her via Trailer Park's collaborators The Chemical Brothers and William Orbit. Daybreaker was a more down-home back to basics album, Orton this time calling on friends Ryan Adams and Johnny Marr for assistance.
Now another four years have past and Orton moves onto the next phase. In a somewhat surprising move, she has chosen to work with Producer/Avant Garde musician/Musical visionary Jim O'Rourke (an artist in his own right, but best known for his work with Wilco and Sonic Youth). Originally intending to just play guitar on the record, O'rourke has ended up Producing it as well as co-writing a few songs on it (as did alt-country songwriter M.Ward.)
The partnership with O'rourke is indeed a fruitful one. Those familiar with his past work will recognise the mark he's made on "Comfort Of Strangers" - Even though they're not songs he's credited with co-writing - tracks like "Countenance" and "Rectify" would not be out of place on one of his solo albums.
Although there is some venom in the lyrics (check out opener "Worms" – it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to see that some man out there has made her mad!), whereas "Trailer Park was quite sad sounding, "Comfort of Strangers" is actually an optimistic and uplifting album.
With O'Rourkes timeless and simple production and Orton's maturity as a serious songwriter, I'm betting this is the one she'll be remembered for in years to come. Recommended

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Artist: Beth Orton
Album: Comfort of Strangers
Cat #: 3554142
Date: 16/02/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Capitol
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Genres: Pop , Rock
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