14 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Orton's fourth album gives her unique voice the showcase it deserves. Produced by cult musician Jim O'Rourke, Comfort of Strangers is a supple sample of Americana (“Countenance”), jazz (“Worms”), classic 70s AOR (“Heartland Truckstop”) and pastoral chill (“Absinthe”). But the instrumentation is restrained and classy, letting Orton push her vocals into beguiling shapes: flinty and rough on “Worms”, soulful on “Feral Children”, and ragged on “Shopping Trolley”, where she lets us in more than ever before: “I think I'm gonna cry, I'm gonna laugh about it all in time,” she sings, with convincing wisdom.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Orton's fourth album gives her unique voice the showcase it deserves. Produced by cult musician Jim O'Rourke, Comfort of Strangers is a supple sample of Americana (“Countenance”), jazz (“Worms”), classic 70s AOR (“Heartland Truckstop”) and pastoral chill (“Absinthe”). But the instrumentation is restrained and classy, letting Orton push her vocals into beguiling shapes: flinty and rough on “Worms”, soulful on “Feral Children”, and ragged on “Shopping Trolley”, where she lets us in more than ever before: “I think I'm gonna cry, I'm gonna laugh about it all in time,” she sings, with convincing wisdom.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

FootHillPhoenix ,

Intimate cozy writing and songs but terrible sound qaulity

I absolutely love this beautiful album but please remaster it!!! It is very intimate and a great Fall and Winter album.It seems the songs pretty much stayed in a demo state but that's what I love about this album.It is not layered with electronics or polish.It is so hushed that you have to turn the volume way up to enjoy the album. I tried getting the mp3's louder on some various sites and while some sound very good with a louder mp3 other's sound very muddy and unclear.Almost grainy. Beth is such an amazing artist and this album deserves to get a makeover.I think some of her best writing is on this album along with the overlooked Sugaring Season.The songs deserve to sound brighter and clearer. Please Beth if you are reading this remaster this and turn the volume up on these songs so they can be heard loud and clear as they deserve to be.I would give it the same deluxe bonus track edition that Central Reservation got. This album is that good.2 stars becuase of the sound qaulity.5 stars for song writing.

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