Beth Orton

Born 14 December 1970.
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Beth Orton - Interview

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton joins Mark and Stuart fresh from her Glastonbury appearance.

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Elizabeth Caroline "Beth" Orton (born 14 December 1970) is an English singer-songwriter, known for her 'folktronica' sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica. She was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid-1990s. However, these were not Orton's first recordings. She had released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. Orton developed a devoted audience with the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album, Daybreaker. In her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she moved towards a more folk-based sound and away from the electronic sound of her past albums.

American films and television programmes such as Felicity, How to Deal, Charmed, Dawson's Creek, Vanilla Sky and Grey's Anatomy have featured her music and provided her with exposure to a more mainstream American audience.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Sugaring Season

    Sugaring Season 2012

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Orton’s unique voodoo pulls the listener in and holds them close.
  2. Review of Trailer Park

    Trailer Park 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Trailer Park is as good a place to start as any.
  3. Review of Comfort Of Strangers

    Comfort Of Strangers 2006

    Reviewed by Zoe Street
    Bleakness is shunned in favour of full-bodied warmth; with harmonies, harmonicas and...
  4. Review of Daybreaker


    Reviewed by Niky Daley
    The journey through different genres showcases the versatility of her voice, however...
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