Central Reservation (album)

Central Reservation is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Beth Orton, released on 9 March 1999. The album featured contributions from folk musician Terry Callier (with whom she also recorded the b-side "Lean on Me"), Dr. Robert and Ben Harper. Several tracks were also produced by Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl.

Central Reservation
Studio album by
Released9 March 1999
StudioThe Church · September Sound · RAK · Olympic · Little Joey's · The Garden Shed
LabelHeavenly RecordsHVNLP 22
ProducerVictor Van Vugt, Ben Watt, Mark Stent, Beth Orton, Dr. Robert, David Roback
Beth Orton chronology
Best Bit
Central Reservation

Central Reservation received critical acclaim and garnered Orton a second Mercury Music Prize nomination, and won her Best British Female at the 2000 BRIT Music Awards.

Release edit

Central Reservation was released on 9 March 1999 on Heavenly Records. It reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and stayed on the chart for eight weeks.[3] It went to number 34 on the ARIA albums chart in Australia,[4] number 35 on the RIANZ albums chart in New Zealand[5] and number 110 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.[6] It also went to number two on the US Heatseekers albums chart.[7] By 2002 it had sold 244,000 copies in United States.[8] The first single from the album was "Stolen Car", which was released on 13 March 1999 and peaked at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] "Central Reservation", the second single, peaked at number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

On 30 June 2014, British independent record label 3 Loop Music re-released Central Reservation as a 2CD Expanded Edition which included b-sides, original demos and live recordings.[9]

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [11]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[12]
Houston Chronicle     [13]
Los Angeles Times    [14]
Rolling Stone     [17]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [18]
Uncut     [20]

Central Reservation received generally positive reviews from critics. Jason Ankeny of AllMusic gave the album a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and called it "stunning".[11]

Orton won the award for British Female Solo at the 2000 BRIT Awards.[21] The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[22]

The album is ranked number 982 in All-Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd. edition, 2000).[23]

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Beth Orton except "Love Like Laughter" by Orton and Ted Barnes[11]

Standard edition
1."Stolen Car"Victor Van Vugt5:26
2."Sweetest Decline"Van Vugt5:40
3."Couldn't Cause Me Harm"Van Vugt4:48
4."So Much More"Van Vugt5:41
5."Pass in Time"Bruce Robert Howard7:17
6."Central Reservation"Orton, Mark Stent4:50
7."Stars All Seem To Weep"Ben Watt4:39
8."Love Like Laughter"Van Vugt3:06
9."Blood Red River"Orton, David Roback4:15
10."Devil Song"Roback5:04
11."Feel to Believe"Orton4:02
12."Central Reservation" (The Then Again Version)Watt4:00
Japanese edition (bonus track)
13."Precious Maybe"Orton4:02
Australian edition (bonus tracks)
14."Best Bit"Youth4:03
15."Central Reservation" (Spiritual Life/Ibadan edit)
  • Orton
  • Jerome Sydenham[a]
  • Joe Claussell[a]
16."Central Reservation" (William Orbit remix)
Cherry Red Records expanded edition – Disc two
1."Someone's Daughter" 
2."Sweetest Decline" 
3."Blood Red River" 
4."Pass in Time" 
5."She Cries Your Name" 
6."Devil Song" 
7."I Wish I'd Never Seen the Sunshine" 
8."Stars All Seem to Weep" 
9."I Love How You Love Me" 
10."Precious Maybe" 
11."Stars All Seem to Weep" (shed version) 
12."Central Reservation" (spiritual life ibadon remix) 
13."Love Like Laughter" 
14."So Much More" 
15."Central Reservation" (band demo) 
16."Couldn't Cause Me Harm" 


  • ^a signifies remixer

Personnel edit

Charts edit

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 17
US Billboard 200[6] 110

Certifications and sales edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 100,000^
United States 244,000[26]
Worldwide 478,000[27]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References edit

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  4. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com – Beth Orton – Central Reservation". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Charts.nz – Beth Orton – Central Reservation". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Beth Orton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Central Reservation – Beth Orton (Awards)". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Billboard Bits: Gorillaz/D12, Beth Orton, Mudhoney". Billboard. March 2002.
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  10. ^ "Reviews for Central Reservation by Beth Orton". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Central Reservation – Beth Orton". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  12. ^ Brunner, Rob (26 March 1999). "Central Reservation". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  13. ^ Chonin, Neva (28 March 1999). "Beth Orton Still Suffering, But With a Clearer Eye". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  14. ^ Hilburn, Robert (12 March 1999). "Record Rack: A Hesitant Beth Orton Is Pulled in Two Directions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  15. ^ Stubbs, David (10 March 1999). "Beth Orton – Central Reservation". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  16. ^ Fowler, Shan. "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 11 October 2000. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  17. ^ Sheffield, Rob (18 March 1999). "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  18. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Beth Orton". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 608. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  19. ^ Clover, Joshua (March 1999). "All Folked-Up". Spin. 15 (3): 139–40. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Beth Orton: Central Reservation". Uncut (22). March 1999.
  21. ^ Sturges, Fiona (28 March 2003). "Beth Orton: No More Reservations". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2010.[dead link]
  22. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  23. ^ "Rocklist". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
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  25. ^ "British album certifications – Beth Orton – Central reservation". British Phonographic Industry.
  26. ^ iegler, Dylan (1 March 2002). "Billboard Bits: Gorillaz/D12, Beth Orton, Mudhoney". Billboard. p. 20. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Brit Awards: Controversial As Ever". Billboard. 18 March 2000. p. 85. Retrieved 24 April 2019.