Heavenly - 2002 - 51 minutes
On her third album, English trip-hop chanteuse Beth Orton retains the much despised (by her) comedown queen's crown. Labelled from the start due to her continued collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers, Orton has recently wandered off in a more country direction, a move emphasised on 'Daybreaker' by her collaborations with Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams. But she still manages to sustain that elusive dreamy quality that makes her albums perfect for late night listening.
Her voice - never truly properly pitched, frequently afflicted with a disturbing tremolo, but still a thing of quite startling beauty - alternately blazes and floats through songs written with Johnny Marr, Ryan Adams and long time ally Ted Barnes. Although not as immediate as Orton's first two albums, 'Daybreaker' will still manage to creep under your skin.
Her crown's not up for grabs just yet.
Tracklisting: Paris Train - Concrete Sky - Mount Washington - Anywhere - Daybreaker - Carmella - God Song - This One's Gonna Bruise - Ted's Waltz - Thinking About Tomorrow