Central Reservation (album)

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Not to be confused with the Grand Central Records album Central Reservations.
Central Reservation
Beth Orton-Central Reservation (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Beth Orton
Released 9 March 1999
Genre Folktronica[1][2]
Length 58:50
Label Heavenly RecordsHVNLP 22
Producer Victor Van Vugt, Ben Watt, Mark Stent
Beth Orton chronology
Trailer Park
(1996)
Central Reservation
(1999)
Daybreaker
(2002)
Music sample

Central Reservation is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Beth Orton, released on 9 March 1999. The album featured contributions from folk musician Terry Callier (with whom she also recorded the b-side "Lean on Me"), Dr. Robert and Ben Harper. Several tracks were also produced by Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl.

Central Reservation received critical acclaim and garnered Orton a second Mercury Music Prize nomination, and won her Best British Female at the 2000 BRIT Music Awards.

Release[edit]

Central Reservation was released on 9 March 1999 on Heavenly Records. It reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and stayed on the chart for eight weeks.[3] It went to number 34 on the ARIA albums chart in Australia,[4] number 35 on the RIANZ albums chart in New Zealand[5] and number 110 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.[6] It also went to number two on the US Heatseekers albums chart.[7] The first single from the album was "Stolen Car", which was released on 13 March 1999 and peaked at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] "Central Reservation", the second single, peaked at number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

On 30 June 2014, British independent record label 3 Loop Music re-released Central Reservation as a 2CD Expanded Edition which included b-sides, original demos and live recordings.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly A−[12]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[13]
NME 8/10[14]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[15]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[16]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[17]
Spin 7/10[18]
Uncut 5/5 stars[19]

Central Reservation received generally positive reviews from critics. Jason Ankeny of AllMusic gave the album a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and called it "stunning".[10]

Orton won the award for British Female Solo at the 2000 BRIT Awards.[20] The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Beth Orton[citation needed].

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Stolen Car" Victor Van Vugt 4:16
2. "Sweetest Decline" Victor Van Vugt 4:04
3. "Couldn't Cause Me Harm" Victor Van Vugt 4:48
4. "So Much More" Victor Van Vugt 5:41
5. "Pass in Time" Bruce Robert Howard 7:17
6. "Central Reservation" Mark Stent 4:50
7. "Stars All Seem To Weep" Ben Watt 4:39
8. "Love Like Laughter" Victor Van Vugt 3:06
9. "Blood Red River" David Roback 4:15
10. "Devil Song" David Roback 5:04
11. "Feel To Believe" Beth Orton 4:02
12. "Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)" Ben Watt 4:00

Bonus tracks[edit]

Japanese edition

No. Title Producer(s) Length
13. "Precious Maybe" Beth Orton 4:02

Australian edition

No. Title Producer(s) Length
13. "Precious Maybe" Beth Orton 4:02
14. "Best Bit" Youth 4:03
15. "Central Reservation (Spiritual Life / Ibadan Edit)" (Remix by Jerome Sydenham and Joe Claussell) Beth Orton 4:04
16. "Central Reservation (William Orbit Remix)" (Remix by William Orbit) Beth Orton 4:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 17
US Billboard 200[6] 110

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanham, Tom (June 6, 2016). "Beth Orton: Kidsticks and California Dreaming". Paste. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Ben (6 December 2012). "Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London". The Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Beth Orton". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com – Beth Orton – Central Reservation". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – Beth Orton – Central Reservation". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Beth Orton – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Beth Orton. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Central Reservation – Beth Orton (Awards)". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Beth Orton announces reissue of her 1999 Heavenly album 'Central Reservation'". Heavenly Records. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for Central Reservation by Beth Orton". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Central Reservation – Beth Orton". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Savlov, Marc (19 March 1999). "SXSW Record Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Brunner, Rob (26 March 1999). "Central Reservation". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  13. ^ Hilburn, Robert (12 March 1999). "Record Rack: A Hesitant Beth Orton Is Pulled in Two Directions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  14. ^ Stubbs, David (10 March 1999). "Beth Orton – Central Reservation". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Fowler, Shan. "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 11 October 2000. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Sheffield, Rob (18 March 1999). "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 608. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  18. ^ Clover, Joshua (March 1999). "All Folked-Up". Spin. 15 (3): 139–40. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Uncut (22). March 1999. 
  20. ^ Sturges, Fiona (28 March 2003). "Beth Orton: No More Reservations". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  21. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-789-32074-6. 
  22. ^ a b c "Central Reservation – Beth Orton (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2010.