Heavenly - 2006 - 44 minutes

Well-known for her collaborations with other artists (Terry Callier, The Chemical Brothers, William Orbit, Beck), 'The Comfort of Strangers' finds Beth Orton in some very lonely places.

Recorded with Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco), it's an album that resonates with the feeling of lived-in experience and will connect with those who are only to happy to help carry that baggage.

It's also an album whose intensity suffers because Orton relies on the same pace and minimalism far too much. The first handful of tracks are the standouts, thereafter '...Strangers' reaches a comfort zone in its discomfort and demands a lot of attention to connect.

Those who like their music hushed should give it a listen; others' patience could be tested.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Worms - Countenance - Heartlandtruckstop - Rectify - Comfort of Strangers - Shadow of a Doubt - Conceived - Absinthe - A Place Aside - Safe In Your Arms - Shopping Trolley - Feral - of Soul - Pieces of Sky