Trailer Park (album)

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Trailer Park
Studio album by Beth Orton
Released 19 October 1996
10 March 2009 (Legacy Edition)
Recorded at Wessex, Maison Rouge and Matrix
Genre Folktronica,[citation needed] trip hop
Length 59:33
Label Heavenly (UK) - HVNLP 17
Dedicated (US)
Producer Victor Van Vugt and Andrew Weatherall
Beth Orton chronology
Trailer Park
Best Bit
Central Reservation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[3]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (1996) 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (2004) 4.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media
Legacy Edition review
6.0/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone
Legacy Edition review
3.5/5 stars[6]

Trailer Park is the solo debut of British singer Beth Orton. Combining folk, electronica, and trip hop elements, it earned Orton two BRIT Award nominations. The only single from the album was the opening track, "She Cries Your Name", which previously appeared in a different form on William Orbit's album Strange Cargo Hinterland. All songs were co-written by Orton except for a haunting, sparse take on the Phil Spector composition, "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine." The album was among the first to fuse elements of 60s and 70s folk with modern electronica and trip hop.

An expanded two-disc Legacy Edition was released internationally on 10 March 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Chris Jones of the BBC called Trailer Park "...a very English record", and "Only on the poppier Don't Need A Reason or Someone's Daughter does she go badly wrong."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Barnes, Ali Friend, and Orton except where otherwise noted.

  1. "She Cries Your Name" (William Orbit, Orton) – 4:47
  2. "Tangent" – 7:29
  3. "Don't Need a Reason" (Ted Barnes, Orton) – 5:04
  4. "Live as You Dream" – 2:59
  5. "Sugar Boy" – 4:21
  6. "Touch Me With Your Love" – 7:27
  7. "Whenever" – 3:53
  8. "How Far" – 4:27
  9. "Someone's Daughter" – 4:16
  10. "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) – 4:43
  11. "Galaxy of Emptiness" – 10:07

2009 Legacy Edition[edit]

CD One as above

CD Two

  1. "Safety"
  2. "It's Not The Spotlight"
  3. "Galaxy Of Emptiness (live at Shepherds Bush Empire, 26 November 1996)
  4. "Pedestal"
  5. "Touch Me With Your Love (instrumental)"
  6. "It's This I Am I Find"
  7. "Bullet"
  8. "Best Bit (early version)"
  9. "Best Bit"
  10. "Skimming Stone"
  11. "Dolphins (feat. Terry Callier)"
  12. "Lean On Me (feat. Terry Callier)"
  13. "I Love How You Love Me"

See also[edit]

In Live As You Dream the line "we live as we dream alone" is from Heart of Darkness the 1902 novella by Joseph Conrad. See wikiquotes of Joseph Conrad.