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Cover Art Beth Orton
Trailer Park
[Dedicated; 1996]
Rating: 8.0

Okay, if you've ever read a review of Beth Orton's Trailer Park, you already know that her claim to fame is recording some vocals on the Chemical Brothers' acclaimed Dig Your Own Hole. If this is the first time you've ever heard of her, we've got that out of the way.

Of her own accord, Orton's a stunning musician. She sings beautiful, southern classic country in the vein of Bobbie Gentry, with a sweet touch of trip-hop and a good deal of innovation. Her vocals, a less-than-delicate but perfectly on-key British style. The opening track, "She Cries Your Name" is a ravishing number featuring some very dulcet orchestration. Trailer Park also features a cool cover of the Phil Spector-penned "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine."

You'll agree, I'm sure, that Orton's debut shows more than a little promise for things to come.

-Ryan Schreiber, October, 1996

10.0: Essential
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional; will likely rank among writer's top ten albums of the year
8.0-8.4: Very good
7.5-7.9: Above average; enjoyable
7.0-7.4: Not brilliant, but nice enough
6.0-6.9: Has its moments, but isn't strong
5.0-5.9: Mediocre; not good, but not awful
4.0-4.9: Just below average; bad outweighs good by just a little bit
3.0-3.9: Definitely below average, but a few redeeming qualities
2.0-2.9: Heard worse, but still pretty bad
1.0-1.9: Awful; not a single pleasant track
0.0-0.9: Breaks new ground for terrible