Comfort of Strangers

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For the Ian McEwan book, see The Comfort of Strangers.
Comfort of Strangers
Studio album by Beth Orton
Released 7 February 2006
Recorded Sear Sound studio, New York City
Genre Folk, adult alternative
Length 47:11
Label Astralwerks/EMI
Producer Jim O'Rourke
Beth Orton chronology
Pass in Time
(2003)
Comfort of Strangers
(2006)
Sugaring Season
(2012)
Singles from Comfort of Strangers
  1. "Conceived"
    Released: 30 January 2006
  2. "Shopping Trolley"
    Released: 26 June 2006
  3. "Heart of Soul"
    Released: 18 September 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Mojo 4/5 stars[3]
NME (6/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
Spin B+[10]
Stylus Magazine A−[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

Comfort of Strangers is English singer-songwriter Beth Orton's fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2002's Daybreaker. The album was recorded in just two weeks at New York's Sear Sound studio in the spring of 2005, with the much-acclaimed musician and composer Jim O'Rourke as producer. It features Beth on guitar, piano and harmonica with O'Rourke on bass, piano and marimba and the American percussionist Tim Barnes on drums.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were composed by Orton, although the title track was written in partnership with O'Rourke and singer-songwriter M. Ward.

  1. "Worms" – 2:04
  2. "Countenance" – 2:23
  3. "Heartland Truckstop" – 2:48
  4. "Rectify" – 2:27
  5. "Comfort of Strangers" – 3:18
  6. "Shadow of a Doubt" – 3:58
  7. "Conceived" – 3:27
  8. "Absinthe" – 4:02
  9. "A Place Aside" – 2:19
  10. "Safe in Your Arms" – 4:28
  11. "Shopping Trolley" – 2:51
  12. "Feral Children" – 3:35
  13. "Heart of Soul" – 3:50
  14. "Pieces of Sky" – 3:09

Limited Edition: Bonus Disc[edit]

  1. "What We Begin" – 3:30
  2. "On My Way Home" – 3:08
  3. "Comfort of Strangers #9" – 3:16
  4. "Did Somebody Make a Fool of You?" – 2:16
  5. "Northern Sky" – 2:58

Singles[edit]

  • "Conceived", released 29 November 2005 as a digital download, and 31 January 2006 on 7" and CD in the UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [10 Entertainment Weekly review]
  3. ^ [Mar Mojo review]
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ [7 Los Angeles Times review]
  7. ^ [Apr Q review]
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Slant Magazine review
  10. ^ [Feb Spin review]
  11. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  12. ^ [Mar Uncut review]

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