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This article is about the Beth Orton album. For the song by the Electric Light Orchestra, see Ma-Ma-Ma Belle. For the Ryan Adams album, see 20:20 (box set). For the 2010 vampire film, see Daybreakers. For the Architects album, see Daybreaker (Architects album).
Studio album by Beth Orton
Released 16 July 2002
Genre Folktronica,[citation needed] downtempo, trip hop
Length 51:28
Label Heavenly (UK) - HVNLP 37
Astralwerks (U.S.)
Producer Beth Orton, Victor Van Vugt, Ben Watt
Beth Orton chronology
Central Reservation
The Other Side of Daybreak
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
E! Online B+[2]
Mojo 4/5 stars[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (4.8/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]
Village Voice (mixed)[10]

Daybreaker is the third album by singer-songwriter Beth Orton released in 2002 on Heavenly Records and the Astralwerks Records label. The album reached #40 in US and #8 in UK. Mojo Magazine called the album "her best to date...".[11] Q Magazine was not excited about the album: "Tortoise-pace strumming and a crippling shortage of choruses produce only torpor".[12][13] The album earned Orton a nomination at the BRIT Awards for Best British Female Singer as well as Best Album at the Q Awards.

In an interview to on 28 July 2002 she said about making the record: "We recorded 25 songs in two weeks with the whole band. Then there's the stuff I did with Johnny. There's stuff all over the place. And these are the ten songs that ended up being on the record because for me they encapsulate the mood best of the time we are recording the album. It took about six months altogether. That's not too bad. It was probably actually a year because I was looking for someone to do the mixing and things weren't working out."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Paris Train" (Ted Barnes, Orton)
  2. "Concrete Sky" (Johnny Marr, Orton)
  3. "Mount Washington" (Orton)
  4. "Anywhere" (Orton)
  5. "Daybreaker" (Orton)
  6. "Carmella" (Orton)
  7. "God Song" (Orton)
  8. "This One's Gonna Bruise" (Ryan Adams, Orton)
  9. "Ted's Waltz" (Adams, Orton)
  10. "Thinking About Tomorrow" (Ted Barnes, Orton, Sean Read, Sebastian Steinberg)

The Japanese version features two bonus tracks: "Ali's Waltz" and "Bobby Gentry", both also on the Concrete Sky EP.[14]


  • Producer - Victor Van Vugt
  • Addition production - Ben Watt
  • Acoustic Guitar - Ted Barnes
  • Drums - Will Blanchard
  • Engineer - Richard "Dread" Mann
  • Assistant Engineer - John McCormack
  • Bass Guitar - Ali Friend
  • Keyboards - Sean Read
  • Mastered By - Miles Showell
  • Mixer - Andy Bradfield, Ben Watt


  1. ^ Daybreaker at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Metacritic
  3. ^ "Daybreaker". Mojo: 102. 2002-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Daybreaker". NME: 33. 2002-07-27. 
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ "Daybreaker". Rolling Stone: 72. 2002-07-25. 
  7. ^ Slant Magazine review
  8. ^ "Daybreaker". Spin: 128. 2002-09-01. 
  9. ^ "Daybreaker". Uncut: 108. 2002-09-01. 
  10. ^ Village Voice review
  11. ^ Mojo Magazine, 8/02, p.102
  12. ^ Q Magazine, Aug 2002, p.131
  13. ^ Album reviews at
  14. ^ Beth Orton: Beth-lehem > Discography