Beth Orton, Sugaring Season

Chris Roberts

By Chris Roberts

on 12.03.12 in Reviews

Sugaring Season

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After a six-year sabbatical, during which she focused on motherhood, Orton comeback album was as relaxed and rich and Harvest-era Neil Young, and one of the finest folk releases of the year. Recorded in Portland with producer Tucker Martine, it draped her spellbinding voice over introspective, mesmeric reveries. “Call Me The Breeze” might have been written with Tom Rowland of Chemical Brothers, but the association is deceptive – this was a richly autumnal album, full of relished melancholy.