for an artist w/ an amazingly low batting average w/ me, i sure do give beth orton a lot of chances. so far, only "love like laughter" has been a keeper--but what a song. it creates a warm, welcoming environment that glows like a dying fire, amongst whose patrons one feels unusually comfortable. and so i wait.
another reason : the voice. on "shadow of a doubt" from the forthcoming comfort of strangers album, she sounds encouragingly like sandy denny. like the former fairport fairy, orton is able on the chorus to craft incantations by merely stretching her syllables. it's enough to ensure that i'll be around for the next release.