Review: Kidsticks by Beth Orton

Kidsticks by Beth OrtonI’m more familiar with the earlier versions of Beth Orton, she with the breathy voice, her indie-folk lending well to particularly chilled long drives. This time around, the Beth Orton behind the new album Kidsticks is a different kind of chilled… well, chilling is a better term. Her voice still buoys the tracks through, but there’s an unpredictability that gives the whole thing a jarring feel. There arew glitches and bleeps and things that shouldn’t be there, but are – and work wonderfully once you settle down. It’s not an experimental album, but Kidsticks is not exactly the easier album to access, but a few listens more and you’ll somehow hear the point. It’s a little stark, and again, chilling – but it works. [NB]4/5

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