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Central Reservation

Beth Orton

1999

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Central Reservation

Rating

2.99

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5

At the expense of noodling, this album is exceptional, especially considering I've never heard of the artist let alone the album. Throughout the album we get a series of emotionally charged tracks with generally gentle and simple arrangements. Orton's voice is gentle and breezy, but on occasion tastes metallic due to the heaviness and tumultuousness of some of the lyrics. Examples would include some of the last few songs on the album, which are in spite of being on an album with no bad songs, probably my favourite part of the record. The album is generally described as a ''folktronica'' work, but I really didn't see a lot of that. With the exception of a few songs like Stars All Seem To Weep and the last track of the album, which is basically the title track remixed. The overarching genre here is folk and to an extent alternative folk. Most songs on the release are longer than 5 minutes, but they all just seem to breeze by since another one the album's major features is its sheer diversity in scope and structure of the songs at hand. You never feel like a song has been rehashed (last track aside) or repeated. The arrangements are always simple but more is less here. Undeniably one of the most underrated singer/songwriter albums of the 90s. In a world of musicians and singers like Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Sinead O'Connor, Tori Amos and PJ Harvey, this gem seemed to have slipped under the radar. Let's change that. 10/10

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This album feels like going out for the day with your mom for a day when you are 7, and while you've long since forgotten what you did, you remember what it felt like. Being softly cradled and warmed by some soft and immutable force that you'll never be able to articulate, but one we've all felt. Beautiful use of Orton's soft, slight and occasionally wailing voice. The arrangements are never dense, but soft and ones that lull and lightly pull you to keep listening. Like soft pirouettes in a slowly dying house. Beth Orton gives us rest in the quiet in-betweens of life. These simple memories that we are forgetting, but somehow it feels comforting to do so. Childhood ended, we've moved on, but that deep yearning never will. (7/10, may end up as an 8 if I keep listening)

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4

Beth Orton once described Van's Astral Weeks as album 'that has been willed into being' which I thought was a lovely turn of phrase. She draws upon a similiar poetic sensibility to deliver this fantastic album (Sweetest Decline is a song straight out of the Van playbook)

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Can see why it was called Modern Sounds, the big band feel, makes it bright, sharp and punchy. None of these tracks sound like Country and Western songs, so I'm assuming they are standards/classics in C&W which makes Charles reinterpretation of them so striking, he's placing a big band aesthetic over them, making them feel new and impactful. Charles has great phrasing, he can stretch and hold a note so well. Not many words in some of the lyrics, but he lets them float over the music. He also hold and bend notes so well, to fit to fill the phrasing and tempo of each song. More a fan of the uptempo numbers, but the slower ones show off the versatility of Ray’s voice/tone.

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Beth Orton creates a very playful, warm, delicate and pleasant sounding record with Central Reservation. The production is stellar, the lyrics are touching and Beth's voice is incredible. If there are things to criticise, it has to do with the editing process, non-lexical vocals, and very sparingly, a lack of energy or focus. Some tracks went on for too long. This was especially noticible on So Much More and Pass In Time, with the last two minutes dragging on and introducing nothing new. While most of the record is extremely well produced, Feel To Believe is not up to standard. Lastly, I am not a great fan of the jazzy "la la la" or "da da da", as they are the greatest reason for some tracks not elevating themselves to more than being background, chamber pop. Bonus points for the futuristic elements on Stars All Seem To Weep, which reminds me of Portishead's best. A solid 3/5, just shy of reaching 4/5.

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This was interesting. I wasn't really feeling it for the most part until I took a nap in the corner of an empty classroom in between classes, and then it hit different. Do with that information what you will.

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This Lilith fair headliner is my favorite.

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5

Really liked this - need to listen again

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Das ist das perfekte Album um ein einem Anruf das nicht regnet den Tag bei ein paar Sachen spazieren zu gehen melancholisch und doch optimistisch. Kurz gesagt einfach gut ich überlege fünf Sterne zu geben. Inkl. Bonus für die Überraschung

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5

really beautiful, great songwriting too!

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idk yet

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What a beautiful record

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5

Unnnngh big nostalgia bump for this album - takes me straight back to uni. I think I'd still give it 5 stars even without the familiarity, but who can say? Fave track - "Stolen Car" - such a fantastic album opener. The title track is great too...

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5

I fell for Beth Orton the first time I heard She Cries Your Name in '96. Seen her live so many times, Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury '97, Union Chapel, Shepherds Bush Empire, an upstairs room in some random London pub, some venue near Southbank with Johnny Marr on guitar that was cut short when some wanker set off the fire alarm, and a church in Auckland. She never disappoints. All hail the Queen of Comedown!

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I am very pleasantly surprised by this!

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4

1999: Stolen Car, Couldn't Cause Me Harm, Feel To Believe

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I really liked it. Early folktronica has a bit of nostalgia feel to it, and the songwriting itself was quite good.

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Not too bad actually

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4

It might not be fair to Beth to say that she sounds exactly like Natalie Merchant, but...she does. There are plenty of great tracks on this record, and the standout is a song where she grieves her dead mother. Powerful stuff. Best track: Pass In Time

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I loved her voice, I loved the production this was very good 8,8/10

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4

Tell you what was the bomb. This album. Beautiful voice and the production sounds really familiar, like the cranberries. Or that tune 'I can't breathe until ur ass is here with me, I can't hide.' u know on love actually soundtrack is that her, fuck?

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4

She's got a great voice over some semi-ambient electronica/trip-hop beats. Very "lo-fi hip hop to relax/study to" vibes.

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4

Ganz nett

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Love it!

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4/5

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Perfect glass of wine and a bath album. Or, a comedown album back in the day.

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4

Very nice indeed.

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Ik kan dit waarderen; het is tijdloos, prettig om naar te luisteren en het werd sowieso weer eens tijd voor een vrouwenstem tussen al dat mannengeweld.

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4

Very mellow

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Zeemzoet zweven zonder zorgen

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4

Quite easy listening, sounds good for a lazy morning with a coffee. Can imagine this playing in a coffee place too. Quite like the voice of Orton.

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Really enjoyed this album. Great voice.

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4

I didn't listen to this when it came out - I was too busy listening to Portishead. But it's very good.

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I love this album and the following one Daybreaker. I didn't keep up with her output and for no good reason. I must try harder. Favourite Track : Couldn't cause me harm.

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4

Lovely singer-songwriter album

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4

90s coffee shop realness

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4

Folk and electronic- England

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4

really solid listen. enjoyable.

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Smooth easy listening

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Really fantastic, lovely mix of folk and electronica.

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LOL. Y que hago la reseña de Soul Mining... Muy chido, me gustó bastante el bajo en Sinking Feeling, las cuerdas en Twighlight Hour y Giant es todo un viajesote. Un poco de todo, medio synth, medio dark, medio postpunk.

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Definitely a re-listen this one for the chill afternoons. Was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Its only 4 stars since there is some filler towards the end.

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Old friend.

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precursor to Olivia Rodrigo

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4

Wow, she's fantastic! This is a solid album. Had not heard of her or heard any of her music before. I like her style, her writing, and her voice. Great songwriting, too. She shows some real range of expression on this album. Very cool.

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Masterful

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4 out of 5, but an unsteady one - from obvious gems to some mediocre proto-hipster-bullshit. But a release with Love Like Laughter, Stolen Car and Couldn't Cause Me Harm on it cannot be bad in any case.

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Beth Orton doing what Beth Orton does. Polished folk pop.

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This is a generous 4, because although I didn’t enjoy this an awful lot on first listen, it definitely has potential to be a grower!

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Very pretty, in short

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De va många bra å många decent

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4

Beautiful voice and nice, chill-out music.

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schöne und warme Stimme, diese ruhigen Songs gefallen mir gut. Die Sängerin kannte ich bis jetzt nicht, aber das ist ein so ein Album, dass man in ruhigen Stunden gerne immer wieder hört.

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4

Up my street

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Kind of moody and dark and low key in an interesting way. Liked it more than I expected.

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Znam da će mi Sweetest Decline, Central Reservation i Love Like Laughter biti na repeatu. Tako divne melodije, melankolične, a neke ću već kao i ove koristiti za jesensku plejlistu :3

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4

Zasto folktronica tako dobro izaziva nostalgiju

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4

Radiohead snuck into a singer songwriter

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4

This is splendid. Beth Orton has a lovely voice, with just a hint of a Joni Mitchell vibe. Perusing the personnel, Orton has assembled a nice group of really talented supporting performers, including Dr. John, Benn Watt and Ben Harper. Will definitely come back to this. Fave Songs: Pass in Time, Central Reservation, Feel To Believe, Blood Red River, Sweetest Decline, Stolen Car

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4

I went through a big Beth Orton phase 25 years ago or so, listening to this album and the compilation album Pass in Time over and over again. Her voice is the first thing that grabbed me - there's just something so unique and emotional about it. The music and songs are also amazing. Strange that I never delved further into her catalog than those two albums, but this is a good reminder to do so. I'll be listening to Beth all day today at least. 4 stars.

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Excelente voz! Vibe gostosa

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Well produced and well Written just not to my taste

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3

Pleasant enough. Bit like Dido or Emma Rugg. Not what I’m really into at the moment.

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3

Would listen again, liked Stolen Car

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3

Kind of moody and folk-sy. Average.

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3

Got a little repetitive.

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3

Nothing ground breaking but nice enough. Couldn't cause me harm is my highlight

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breathy 90's girl voice

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3

Never heard of her before, but it was a cool album! I'm trying to think of who she reminds me of. Maybe Joni Mitchell was a big influence?

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Not too much to say, it was a sappy album that was so sad

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I actually took a nap when the album was playing #true story

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Ca secoute bien un genre d’electropo 3*

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Excellent songwriting and impassioned singing. I can hear how she influenced female singers that followed her eg Sarah McLachlan with her soulful, wavering singing style.

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3

Bella voz. Acompasado. Fácil de escuchar

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3

Moody, good songwriting & lyrics, nice voice. I owned a compilation she put out a few years after this that included a bunch of these songs. Pleasant enough. I prefer the slightly more produced pieces like Stars all Seem to Weep.

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3

It was OK. Nothing stood out and blew me away

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good music with nice lyrics and decent backing. not quite to my taste but enjoyable nonetheless

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not great but decent background music

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Sounds a little like Dido. Her voice is just okay. Too feely for me.

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Moet het misschien nog eens met meer aandacht luisteren want volgens mij is het wel een mooi album.

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Pretty bored. Didn't think I knew who this was, but it all sounded very familiar. Pretty sure Mum had this album. I remember the first song, which is pretty good. Cool voice, but otherwise, pretty bland. Songs are far too long for how uneventful they are. Kinda nice, but also pretty meh Update: gets better at the end. Love like Laughter and blood red river are stand outs. I'm confused.

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Fijne plaat voor een rustige ochtend. Lekker dat ie een beetje trippy is. Duurt wel een beetje te lang waardoor de zang wat gaat zeuren.

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3

Quite mellow, not outstanding hence ***

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meh for an album, but the songs could fit into some of my shuffled playslists

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3

Good album. I usually like female singer/songwriters. This is no exception.

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I like her songwriting and she has a distinctive voice that has a certain amount of vulnerability that works well with her folky songs. The single Stolen Car has a very different sound and feel than the rest of the LP. It sounds  like they knew they needed a single and  pulled out all the stops and production expertise to  get the guitars  to sound just right for the airwaves. I'm not saying it's contrived. Ok maybe it's a little contrived but it's still a really good tune.  Her LP kinda reminds me of PJ Harvey and early Sinead 'O'connor in that they all put their hearts out there for all to see. (Sinead's first album also had Mandinka which was produced to sound  the way a single is supposed to sound.) 

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3

Very generic 90's singer songer writer album.

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3

Nothing excellingly good, but nothing really bad either. Very good to put up in the background, quite relaxing.

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3

Easy listening, maar geen hoogvlieger. Aangenaam als achtergrondmuziek, maar zou het niet snel nog eens opzetten.

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3

Niets speciaals, maar ook niet slecht

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Standaard 90's vibes. Was de perfecte soundtrack voor een sneeuwochtend met zon. Op gelijk wel ander moment van de dag zou ik dit maar meh vinden. Favoriet lied: Pass in Time

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3

Some really beautiful tracks and some very mundane. Was going to give this a 4 but the later parts of the album really let it down

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3

Pretty middle of the road

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3

Gorgeous voice but all a little dull really

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3

Solid but wouldn't listen again.

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3

What an incredible voice, and a beautiful album. Some really brilliant tracks on this. I would happily dip my toe into this again

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Неплохо поёт.

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I think I've heard something from Beth Orton before, but I'm not sure what it is. I don't think it was on this album. "Stolen Car" was the closest to sounding familiar. This album sounds like it would have been played by some of the radio stations I listened to in the late 90s, but it also sounds like stuff from the late 90s. I didn't find any new favorite tracks, but there wasn't anything that I definitely disliked either. (3 stars.)

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This was awesome! Really enjoyed it.

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Liked it better than I thought I would. Used to hear Beth Orton dance remixes.

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3

Great song writing. Very 90s. Pretty cool.

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3

Yeah was alright

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Yeah fine, not hugely memorable

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Pretty chill

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Obviously good but somehow didn't strike very deeply for me. I wasn't attending particularly to the lyrics and maybe am giving this less than it's due.

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"You said you stood for every known abuse That was ever Promised To anyone like you Don't you wish you knew better by now When you're old enough not to?" (Stolen car) "I can feel my heart Especially now it's on the roof of my mouth" (Couldn't cause me harm) El disco se me hizo un poco monotemático, y es una pena porque empieza súper arriba pero no vuelve a alcanzar ese nivel. Muy buena voz, todo muy late 90s.

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The comedown queen. I dunno, I tried her when she came out, expecting to relate. Didn’t. Still don’t. Great vocalist for sure, just missed the mark for me.

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2.5

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Harmless, easy listening, but nothing outstanding.

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3

Strong Fiona, Alanis, Lilith Fair 90's vibes. Not bad

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Easy to listen to and the "-tronica" in "folktronica" makes it a bit more interesting for me than if it were only "folk". However, as it goes on, near the end, it start to become a bit bland and kind of same-sounding. 3-stars anyhow.

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I've been getting a lot of folk-rock from this list lately. I don't normally like that genre very much, but Beth Orton has a great voice - good storytelling voice. It's an interesting take on the genre too, and clearly influential on other artists. Plus - Dr. John and Ben Harper collaboration = pretty cool.

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I mean...I'm starting to think this album generator gets stuck in a groove sometimes. Here's PJ Harvey, a moody alternative 90s British female artist, and here's Beth Orton a moody alternative 90s British female artist. Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to Adele, perhaps the Spice Girls? Anyway, this is more poppy than PJ Harvey for sure. Reminds me of Jewel. There's a "Who Will Save Your Soul" sound to her. And some Sarah McLaughlin in there too.

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3

Surprisingly good.

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7/10

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Easy listening, didn’t feel moved by it or find it memorable. Beautiful vocals

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3

Liked quite a bit

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Pretty 90s singer/songwriter. Very of the times, not a huge fan but nothing is bad. "Stars All Seem to Weep" is more of what I'd be interested in, a bit more trip-hop mixed with acoustic.

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I know Beth Orton mostly from her vocals on Chemical Brothers albums. I like the way they use her voice in a more ethereal way. I don't particularly enjoy the combination of folk and electronic music on this album. It's too heavy on the folk side for my taste.

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Seemed promising, but got less interesting to me as it went on.

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3.5/5. Can def see the importance, and there are some bangers, but the folk tacks are so mid

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The music itself is good, decent to have on in the background if you've had your coffee.

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This album was nice to listen to but I wouldn’t say was anything special by any means. It’s very mid to late 90s female artist sounding. Something nice to listen to and relax, but nothing really grabs me as special.

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Soothing and good as background music but not something I'd come back to listen to again

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3

Started strong, got boring. A classic 3.

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Liked the first track. Rest was pretty boring.

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I like this. I hear a lot of Joni Mitchell in her voice at times and I'm cool with that. When I heard the first song and saw that this came out in 1999 and I immediately wondered if she had been on the Lilith Fair at some point. And damn if I wasn't right about that. I'm like folk-lady psychic. Ask me anything.

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Loved the voice, really goes well with the music 3.5/5

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Easy listening! She reminds me of Dido ❤️really like her voice.

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Never been a huge fan of Beth Orton. One or two songs, her voice has always seemed so weak. This was more country than I expected. It’s fine (but doesn’t seem like one of the best albums of all time!)

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Nice but a bit uneventful, I guess I had to be there at the moment it came out

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Often cited as a classic Folktronica album, it actually lacks a little bit on the electronica side. But the songs have beatuful arrengements and the lyrics are very interesting. The problem for me is that, from the first track on, "Stolen Car" (the best on the album), the album loses momentum very fast and starts sounding repetitive in the second half. But Orton's voice is beautiful and, by itself, is reason enough to give it a listen.

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This album was full of good songs that I would never be interested in listening to again. I never like rating this kind of album because it is clearly really good, just not anything I'd want to listen to.

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A lot of 90s albums suffer from bloat and sadly this is one of them. Loved the early 90s alt singer-songwriter sound but at about 35-40 minutes in it was dragging

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Like a knock-off Nora Jones. With a crappy beat box. Very much a product of the era it was released in.

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Ehh it's okay.

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Meandering, dreamy, sad and hopeful. A slow burner. 3/5

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I'm not sure this is particularly groundbreaking, but is pleasant enough and Beth's vocals are distinctive

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Conocía a Beth Orton por su colaboración con Chemical Brothers y después escuché el disco "Comfort of strangers" con su potente percusión y que sigue siendo mi favorito de ella. Este es su disco más famoso con su canción más escuchada "Stolen car" y otra más o menos conocida con una versión acústica y un remix que tuvo cierta difusión "Central Reservation". No está mal en conjunto pero no creo que sea algo imprescindible.

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fine and ok

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A solid album, with really beautiful vocals, but too mellow for my taste and nothing stood out or stuck in my head.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: central reservation

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Light Cranberries, nice, melodic and great background music to just let time pass. This sounds like a bit backhanded compliment but it isn't meant to be

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Very chill, but forgetable.

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Might be my favorite of hers.

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I feel like there's more to this album than what you first get on a first listen / initial listens of the more prominent tracks. It has standout performances, like the guitar solo on "Stolen Car", and it has songs that are really sonically different and dynamic that show a good strength of songwriting with different tones and timbres. One down side for me is the track list has one little quirk: I'm estimating here but the BPMs are like this per track: 1: 120~ish bpm 2: 90~ish 3: 100~ish 4: 80~ish 5: 85~ish 6: 85~ish 7: back up to 90-100~ish last track (which is a remix): 120~ish bpm To me, this is kind of weird because it starts with a track that moves and then gets a good bit slower for the rest of the album until the last track. Most music acts have "their" sound and don't deviate too much from it, but I find it weird to sandwhich the album with two upbeat tempo tracks and then have a lot of slower tracks in the middle. It's not a terribly bad thing, but for someone like me who likes the idea of logically placing tracks to create a well-paced listen, I think that it's a weaker variable for the album. Overall I liked the album. As I mentioned above it is more than just a singer songwriter thing, and there's some real nice moments on it.

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A very good singer-songwriter album. Beautifully produced too. I’d never heard of her before. I wouldn’t put it on a ‘best of all time’ list but I do like it. The first half is better than the second half though. Highlights: “Stolen Car,” “Sweetest Decline,” “Couldn’t Cause Me Harm,” “So Much More,” ”Pass In Time,” “Stars All Seem to Weep,” “Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)”

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Całkiem przyjemnie śpiewa, ale dupy nie urywa.

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Calm compositions and a pleasant voice. Didn't find it particularly gripping, it's rather a background for other activities.

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It's singer-songwriter week for my algorithm apparently! Not familiar with Beth Orton, but she writes pleasant songs that have a very mournful quality. They're meloncholy but it's not bumming me out to listen. They are long however, lots of 5-7 minute tunes which maybe could be shaved down a bit. I've spent the entire album trying to figure out who she sounds like, her voice is so familiar but I can't figure out who it is.

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I-hit wa-hus a pre-hity goo-hood alb-hum. Bu-hut her di-hiction i-his anoy-hoy-hoying.

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Lepposaa taustamusaa

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It's OK but it's a little too alternative for me. I need trippy-er music.

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meh

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pretty good recent folk album with electronic backing. Not sure if this one will stand the test of time.

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Folky, I get why it's on the list but not for me.

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completely unremarkable.

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Not a big fan.

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Solid mildly pleasant folk pop. 5/10

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Das ist ein überflüssiges Album

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I like the general feel of the music, but I get distracted by some of the things she does with her voice. Dragged on a bit for me.

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Ok but not really my thing

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Kinda boring to me

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Bit warbly.

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Boring.

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Not bad, but not interesting at all

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Klinkt best goed, maar ik was er niet helemaal voor in de stemming.

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ehhhhhhh... Forgot each tune by the next bar. Think its music for your first period

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Ik zat op het puntje van mijn stoel, deze zangeres kende ik niet. Helaas vond ik het al vrij snel afzwakken en was mijn aandacht verdwenen. Jammer

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Hardest album to rate until now. For background music it might be an option (but not too loud), but a few songs felt like someone was nagging all the time. I might be too harsh for this one

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While I like Orton, I find the album too ordinary.

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These "singer-songwriter" albums always seem to be very hit or miss for me, and this was a bit of a miss. Enjoyed Stolen Car, and that was about it - everything else was much too slow and frankly a bit boring. Not the best album to come back to after a bit of a hiatus Saved: Stolen Car

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All the same pace throughout, rather uninteresting.

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Gorgeous voice but all a little dull really

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Another album that I can't even remember listening to. Dull.

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Meh

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Nur in der richtigen Stimmung.

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Couldn't finish it. Dross.

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Not bad, just a bit boring. 6.7/10

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Meh.

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boring

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It sounds to me just like some generic Alanis Morissette cover band. I'm not sure who came first, but this does not matter, it is just very boring.

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Muy largo para mi gusto. Disco medianón pero tiene unas 4 rolas muy cabronas. Luego suena muy Cat Power, ¿no? Si Cat Power quisiera cantar "bonito", cantaría así.

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I need to throw a [citation needed] on the Wikipedia page - \"folktronica\" this is not, with only one song really having a beat. Fine but not my favorite.

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She has a really beautiful voice, but I have never liked this genre of music because it reminds me of being one of the last kids to be dropped off by the afterschool bus everyday - something that I always hated. It was always dark and quiet with this type of music playing.

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Never heard of this but I'm going indie folk stuff. Yeah it is, she can sing though. A full hour might be a stretch. Yeah, it is a stretch. This started out alright, even good, but became a real chore. It just doesn't fucking end. 2/5.

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I couldn't get through it. Didn't hate it. Just not my style.

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very boring

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Sometimes you just have to accept that not everything is for you. This is not for me. I got through it without turning it off, it wasn't offensive at all, it's just bland. And not for me.

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When was this list made? I can't imagine if it was updated now, this record making the cut. Don't get me wrong, its a very solid record. But it also seems unremarkable in the grand picture of all recorded music. White privilege? Haha. The production is great and I like when singer/songwriters are ok with weird sounds and instrumental interludes. I also really like the honesty of her voice. It sounds sweet but she also isn't over-trying.

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You have to be in the right mood to appreciate this album. A slow kind of mood where you want nothing to do with productivity. I wasn't in this mood 2.4

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This album started off so well.......then it went to crap!!

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Some albums are just nice and nothing more. For me this is one of them. My second time having this one come up in my daily listen. 2/5

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This is pleasant, but it's a little too pleasant. It's too easy to put this on and for the music to just dissolve into the background, vague mood music. Maybe I'm stuck on the songs Beth did with the Chemical Bros, that combined her wholesome folky vocals with bold electronica that captured the mood (and maybe I'm nostalgic for that part of the late 90s). So yeah, it was pleasant to listen to but I can't tell you what I just heard.

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Fängt gut an, es passiert allerdings im weiteren Verlauf nicht mehr viel. Ziemlich eintönig das ganze.

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Her voice is really nice but the album was pretty boring. It didn't keep my attention, just turned into background music.

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Nothing incredible or unique about this album. Songs are pretty generic, sounded very late 90s indie pop. Wasn't really interested most of time

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Soundtrack to a chick flick. And a bad one at that. Don't deny the talent. Just not for me

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didnt love it. felt like a lilith fair album that wasn't as good as paula cole, sarah mclaughlan, or ani difranco

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This was revelatory in the sense that I've finally been able to pin down the sound I encountered at numerous university open mic nights. Sleepy, hazy, slightly smokey, an aversion to consonants - this is Orton's singing style, and subsequently that of many lesser campus imitators. Anyway, this is a bit disappointing, because much of the promising material gets lost in Orton's rather monochrome delivery. It's an arresting voice at first, but the ersatz keening melancholia wears thin after a while. 'So Much More' is easily the highlight, and the one time where I think we hear a range of colours in Orton's voice. She should've leaned into the light goth-folk a little more; unfortunately, much of the filigree on Central Reservation comes from bland electronica instrumentation. The start of 'Stars All Seem to Weep' sounds like something from the soundtrack to Streets of Rage II.

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4/10

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Nije za mene, prošle su 2 pjesme ja sam mislio da sam na pol albuma kolko sporo ide. Dodatna jer nije lose ko jedinice.

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Britisk singer/songwriter, afslappende, følsomt, lidt kedeligt

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I had heard of Beth Orton, but this was my first time hearing her music. I liked it.

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I wanted to likes this. But the hard H before every vowel is too distracting.

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I don't know what to make of this. It's not bad, but most of these songs just made me shrug. The first one or two tacks were quite OK, but I couldn't get into the rest, fast forwarding my way to the end of the album. 2/5

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Eh. One song was kinda good the rest was just the lady singing.

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Ten album był zupełnie nieremarkable. W sensie OK, ładnie zaśpiewane, ale daję 2 trochę z przekory - mam dosyć albumów w tym challenge'u, które brzmią jak nieinwazyjna muzyka w jakiejś kawiarni. Wolałbym już zaznajomić się z realnie przełomowym albumem, który mi się nie spodoba

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Awful.

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1.5

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Veel van het zelfde, erg "anoukig"

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Eh

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Prepare yourself for a come down. Middle of the road folk, Beth’s voice has a slightly discordant resonance that to my ears clashed in places. Once the album was done I had to funk up the place to get me back on happy street. Cheer up Beth, it might have already happened but you don’t have to keep reliving it.

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Very repetitive tracks.

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No ty

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Zegnajcie halcyonowe dni, witaj kolejny wyspiarski picku, tym razem z gatunku babskiego grania, wylosowalo Central Reservation pani Beth Orton z rocznika 99, czyli muzyka folkowo popowa, z naciskiem na pop ze wzgledu na nature babskich problemow, bo jest to kolejna plyta na ktorym artystka wylewa z siebie jak to jej w zyciu zle i ciezko, bo przeciez milosc smutki i niesprawiedliwosci, instruemntalnie jest to dziwne polaczenie typowych dla folka akustycznych instrumentali z czyms nowym, elektrykiem, ale nie instrumentalnym, a muzyka elektroniczna, wiec beaty elektrykowe do ktorych brzdaka jakas gitara sa tutaj na porzadku dziennym, wsrod licznych producentow tego krazka pojawia sie takze nazwisko pana Watta z everything but the girl, ktorzy sie juz przewineli na liscie, a u ktorych jakos naturalniej pasowalo takie polaczenie elektrycznych synthow i akustykow, no ale nie mozna miec wszystkiego, albo czegokolwiek jak w tym wypadku, bo cale 58 minut central reservation najlatwiej okreslic jako bylejakie, niezapadajace w pamiec i sklaniajace do przemyslen nad tym czemu tylko kobiety potrafia wylewac z siebie smutki nad soba przez bita godzine, a ktos moze sie pod tym podpisac i jakos nawiazywac kupujac lub sluchajac tego krazka z wlasnej nieprzymuszonej woli

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Une voix intéressante. L’album démarre bien avec la pièce Stolen Car où le jeu de guitare est très intéressant, mais par la suite, ça devient un folk générique un peu ennuyeux pour moi et sans grande nouveauté. Quand on lis sur elle, on la reconnaît pour le son folktronica et on n’a pas ça ici. Son premier album aurait été plus approprié.

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Je ne vois pas l’intérêt. Elle chante à reculons. Pu capable.

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My gaawwwd c'est plate!! Je suis fan de trucs downtempo mais ça c'était une torture! Ennuyant comme les pierres. Le pitch bend sur le vibraphone synthétique c'est non... Une toune à 2 accords qui a pour highlight l'entrée de bongos passé 5 minutes...ouf... La toune avec un beat trip hop est moins pire mais en général c'est long, c'est loooong pis il se passe pas grand choses. Occasion manquée de dynamiser le tout avec les strings, les arrangements sont très simplistes, trop. Tant qu'à leur faire jouer des roots à l'unisson mets en pas... Bref: pas pour moi visiblement. Peut-être l'intérêt est dans les paroles, j'écoute pas beaucoup ça, mais les bouts que je pognait sont pas transcendant...

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Que aburrimieeeeento!

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relaxing, soothing, nocturnal, mellow, melancholic

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