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Sugaring Season (Deluxe Edition)

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A six-year gap between records has given Beth Orton time to soul-search. Allegedly, she contemplated hanging up her career. However, she landed in Portland, Ore., with producer Tucker Martine, who grabbed bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Brian Blade, and even a guest appearance from Marc Ribot (Elvis Costello's and Tom Waits' favored guitarist). Together, they created this understated beauty. No longer entranced with the electronica styles of her early work, Orton now sings like an heir to Sandy Denny. From the opening folk trance of "Magpie" to the light shuffle of "Call Me the Breeze" (a non-electronic collaboration with longtime creative partner Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers), Sugaring Season reveals a grounded Orton, who sings with great modesty and inspired phrasing. The album's deluxe edition includes three bonus covers: The Byrds' Goffin-King tracks "Wasn't Born to Follow" and "Goin' Back" are joined with a delicate take on Jonathan Richman's "That Summer Feeling," to which Orton gives an autumnal read.

Customer Reviews


Beth seemed to lose her way for a while. I continued to get everything she made but nothing lived up to Central Reservation. I was going to skip getting this one but this may be her best stuff to date. This shows what a great artist can do when the passion comes back.

Autumns Soundtrack

I am not a long time Beth Orton fan...never got into her stuff but for some reason i though i should give her a try with this album. I am so glad i made that decision. This will be part of my soundtrack to autumn this year. Some of these songs (Poison Tree, Magpie, Last Leaves of Autumn) remind me of some of Joni Mitchell's earlier work. A gorgeously executed and performed album. I highly recommend it for any alternative, indie, folk fan.

Loving this album

Beth Orton may not everyones cup of tea, but art in general is very subjective after all.
To me, her music is amazing, coupled with a voice that is so unique.
This new album feels like a welcome home, a cozy place to be with a familiar, but older (aren't well all?) and wiser companion.
As with all the other Beth Orton albums, there are tracks that move me and others that less powerful.
On this one, Last Leaves of Autumn is beautifully heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, and one of the best songs I've heard in a long time.


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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