Stream The New Beth Orton

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.

Ouch.

Rolling Stone:

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.”