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Orton's second album forsakes the trip-hop of her debut for more robust textures. The devil's on their trail: Opener “Stolen Car” has a nervy energy and a beautifully orchestrated droning undertow, and sets up a road trip through the American south (by way of Orton's native Norwich). There's sweet countrypolitan in “Sweetest Decline” and “Pass in Time”, but the best bits ooze with darkness: the desert hum of “So Much More,” the ominous twang in “Devil Song,” and on the one-take “Feel to Believe,” a furious vocal performance that breaches the limits of the microphone.


Born: December, 1970 in Norwich, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Beth Orton combined the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Born in Norwich, England in December 1970, Orton debuted as one half of the duo Spill, a one-off project with William Orbit which released a cover of John Martyn's "Don't Wanna Know About Evil." She continued working with Orbit on his 1993 LP Strange Cargo 3, co-writing and singing the track "Water from a Vine Leaf"...
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