Beth Orton

Review: Music

Beth Orton and Sugaring Season (Deluxe Edition) 2013

Beth-Orton-Sugaring-Season-e1341933656637Sometimes you buy an album then life gets in the way and you do not get to the chance to really get into the music. This has happened several times to me with the music of Beth Orton. It was a case of bad timing.

I have had albums by Beth for a decade or more but it was only very recently, last week in fact, that I was able to dedicate serious time to sit and listen to her albums. I am recommending her music and would love to see a stage performance. Just dreaming!

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I have  listened many times this week to her 2012 album Sugaring Season Рhaving downloaded the Deluxe Edition. It is a wonderful mix of music that wanders across folk,  jazz and blues sounds among others. Beth Orton in her current manifestation is a little hard to categorize. but then again maybe it is easy Рher music is beautiful.

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Beth Orton has done quite of lot of live performing and recording in an acoustic style – and it is fabulous music. I have put together some video presentations of her music.

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From the 2012 Album: Sugaring Season

 

Beth Orton And Sam Amidon: “Galaxy Of Emptiness

 

and an earlier song from Trailer Park

Beth Orton – She Cries Your Name 1996

 

Three stunning recent performances for Paste Magazine

Dawn Chorus

 

Magpie

 

Stolen Car

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The first time I listened to Sugaring Season I was not too sure. After several turns around the disc, the range of songs really hit home. It really helped to put on the headphones and to get intimate with the words.

One that completely blew me away was her version of a Neil Young song – Going’ Home. I hope Neil has heard it as it is a stunning version.

I do recommend her some of her other mid-career work, especially Central Reservation (1999).

There’s a short review in The Guardian – click here

Another in Paste Magazine – click here

and one from the BBC – click here

Sugaring Season is a recommended album.

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Recommendation: Rating 8/10

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Paul Costigan, 26 September 2014

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