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Weather Alive

Beth Orton

Weather Alive

Album number seven and first in six years from the Norwich-based electronic folk singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Beautifully accomplished, ‘Weather Alive’ stands as an imposing career-high by a fine, fine songwriter
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  2. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    The eighth album from the English songwriter is the best work of her career. Soothing, immersive, and self-produced, it conjures a dreamlike atmosphere with songs that spiral out into the ether
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  3. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    Orton has proved herself before as one of the finest sirens of heartbreak, adept at jumping genres and styles. But here, almost 30 years into her career, she has proven herself as even more than that. She’s a painter of sound, of mood
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  4. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    For a cohesive batch of wistful mood pieces, look no further
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Magnificently deep and moody. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    One could say that her impeccable use of space is what reveals a special intensity to her work, a musical style artists don't often explore as they near the end of their third decade release music
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The folk singer’s first new record in six years conveys a spacious sense of time passing
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Orton’s voice, which has always existed on the verge of cracking, is more wavering than ever
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Having only put out five albums in the past two decades, Beth Orton’s Weather Alive embraces her electro-folk past while embracing a weathered, gorgeous future
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is as moving and real as Orton has ever been. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The result is both viscerally corporeal music, full of gristle and breath, and richly ambient. Print edition only

  12. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The eight tracks that make up Weather Alive all share a sense of wonder – at the world around us, the majesty and power of weather, and the positive aspects of fatalism – and they feel more organic than anything Orton has previously produced
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  13. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Singer-songwriter’s first album in six years is an engrossing listen and offers a soundtrack to the peaceful transition from summer to autumn
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