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Beth Orton: Comfort of Strangers (EMI)

Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2006

HAS EMPTY become the new full? Every month we read of another singer-songstress who's stripped down her sound, kept things "spare and minimal". Now it's Beth Orton's turn, Beth the ragdoll lad-ess who was briefly poster girl for '90s folktronica but who's now "pared down" her sound with aid of revered American Jim O'Rourke, sometime producer of Smog and Wilco.

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