Listen at AOLMusic. Mixed press reaction to this one…
Time Out New York:
If Orton wanted to make a big impression after her long silence, it’s too bad she apparently felt that meant pandering to people who stream KCRW in their cubicles all day.
Orton sounds more focused than ever, channeling drawled heartache, warm come-ons and snatches of lost AM-radio hits into songs that seek out your inner lullaby. The dark, uptempo “Worms” is the sharpest song she’s written in years.
[FYI: On “Worms” she’s channeling Fiona Apple.]
Bottom line, if you like Beth Orton you’ll like Comfort Of Strangers. Jim O’Rourke produced, played bass and piano, and co-wrote one of the songs. He makes everything better. M. Ward (Jenny Lewis’ right-hand man) co-wrote a song too: “Shopping Trolley.”