Pop rock artist Beth Orton enjoys softly sighing over acoustic arrangements that have been processed into tunes with electro-pop leanings and boisterous choruses. Central Reservation is sparse but symphonic, trading picked guitars with ascendant strings and firm beats. Orton is joined on record by Ben Harper and Dr. Robert, artists who know a thing or two about skewing folk rock towards their own personal perspective.
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 2nd July 2015
“Central Reservation” was Beth Orton’s second album and was originally released in 1999. It was always gong to be a difficult task following on from her very successful debut, “Trailer Park” from 1996, but I think she managed it well. “Stolen Car” opens the album and was the first single to be taken from it. It’s in a similar style to the songs on her debut. “Couldn’t Cause Me Harm” continues the good form. The title track is good too, but the star of the show is “Pass In Time”. It's almost "Happy/Sad" era Tim Buckley in arrangement and features a guest vocal from the late, great Terry Callier.
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