On her third studio release—which features production by Ben Watt and William Orbit, among others—Beth Orton continues blending organic and electronic sounds, mixing them to an often ent

On her third studio release—which features production by Ben Watt and William Orbit, among others—Beth Orton continues blending organic and electronic sounds, mixing them to an often entrancing cohesion. The opening track, "Paris Train," floods listeners with a mixture of programming bleeps and echoes, warm string arrangements, and dramatic, cryptic phrasings. Orton has a flair for penning languid, spacious songs whose forlorn characters seem as adrift as the music's fleeting acoustic guitar chords and absentminded piano tinkles. Guests here include Ryan Adams, who wrote one of the CD's more hushed offerings, the moody, cello-accented "This One's Gonna Bruise"—a tune that showcases Orton's ghostly pipes. "Anywhere" begins with a snatch of an old-timey film soundtrack before moving into Brazilian-tinged horns and lounge vocal stylings. Other standouts include "God Song," a somebody-been-done-wrong country ditty featuring Emmylou Harris.—KIT

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