on this day: concrete sky

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Beth Orton. I have always been a Beth Orton fan ever since she released her first single on July 16th. This single featured Ryan Adams helping out on vocals.  Now. I am not a huge fan of Ryan Adams but his vocals add a dimension to this song that made it even better.


“Concrete Sky” was the first single released by Beth Orton off her 2002 cd Daybreaker … which only had 4 songs <I believe>.

While I love her languid husky voice <albeit on the wrong songs she can almost be painful to listen to> … it is her lyrics that really make her stuff worth listening to. Regardless whether she writes a great song beginning to end or not … I can guarantee that in almost every song there is a moment where you want to replay a section to just listen to a spectacular turn of phrase.

Wonderfully gifted lyricist.

“… wouldn’t take all of your time. Cause it’s as precious as mine”


Concrete sky … a very good song <original promo version>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ-63s5xHy4


Re-release with full cd release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrbH95TkEWU


Beth, since Concrete Sky, has ranged from some odd remix versions of songs <with techno tinge> to sprawling winsome songs. She remains quirky but solid in her music. Her good is really really good. Her bad is pretty bad. But in the end … I would rather be loved for some then simply blend into the mainstream of nothingness on everything.


To me these are the best of her songs <to date>:


I never get tired of this song … Central Reservation.


“… living in the middle of the ocean, no future no past everything that’s good right now, I don’t wish for it to last … today is whatever I want it to be.”

Central Reservation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kFariNYX5M


Ok. Same song but this version’s tempo is very different than the cd original. I call it the Ibiza-mix version.

<great fun quirky video>


Central Reservation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th3gkE_sP9k



This one is perfect with her voice … the opening lyrics … heck … the entire song lyrically … is storytelling at its best. Quirky video … great song.

Stolen Car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ35dnfYKrQ


July 16th. On this date I began to fall in love with Beth’s music.




Written by Bruce