Trailer Park (album)

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Trailer Park
Beth Orton - Trailer Park.jpg
Studio album by Beth Orton
Released 19 October 1996
Recorded Wessex, Maison Rouge and Matrix
Genre Folktronica[1][2]
Length 59:33
Label Heavenly (UK) - HVNLP 17
Dedicated (US)
Producer Victor Van Vugt, Andrew Weatherall
Beth Orton chronology
Superpinkymandy
(1993)
Trailer Park
(1996)
Best Bit
(1997)
Central Reservation
(1999)

Trailer Park is the solo debut album by 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 1960s and 1970s folk with modern electronica and trip hop.

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

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 7/10[12]

Chris Jones of BBC Music called Trailer Park "a very English record" and wrote that "only on the poppier 'Don't Need a Reason' or 'Someone's Daughter' does she go badly wrong."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Barnes, Ali Friend, and Beth 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 bonus disc
  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" (featuring Terry Callier)
  12. "Lean on Me" (featuring Terry Callier)
  13. "I Love How You Love Me"
  • Tracks 1–2 from B-side "She Cries Your Name" single, 1996.
  • Tracks 3–4 from B-side "Touch Me with Your Love" single, January 1997.
  • Track 5 from B-side "Touch Me with Your Love" vinyl 10-inch, 1997.
  • Track 6 from B-side "Someone's Daughter" single, March 1997.
  • Tracks 7–8 from B-side "She Cries Your Name" single (re-release), June 1997.
  • Tracks 9–12 from "Best Bit" EP, December 1997.
  • Track 13 from Mojo soundtrack album, July 1998.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanham, Tom (6 June 2016). "Beth Orton: Kidsticks and California Dreaming". Paste. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Cardy, Tom (16 May 2013). "Less is more for Beth Orton". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Trailer Park – Beth Orton". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (8 August 1997). "Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Dedicated/Heavenly)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Romero, Michele (2 May 1997). "Trailer Park". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (11 October 1996). "Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Heavenly)". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Mojo: 118. 2009. [T]he mournful strings and bruised-sounding voice on 'She Cries Your Name' are still irresistible ... Trailer Park has lost little of its appeal. 
  8. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (October 1996). "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 19 February 2003. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Q (163): 112. April 2000. 
  10. ^ "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Rolling Stone: 76. 2009. Orton's lovesick croon still slam-dunks, particularly during the haunted opener, 'She Cries Your Name.' 
  11. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 608. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  12. ^ Hultkrans, Andrew (July 2009). "Reissues". Spin. 25 (7): 92. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Jones, Chris (6 March 2009). "Beth Orton Trailer Park Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 25 February 2012.