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Daybreaker (Beth Orton album)

Daybreaker is the third album by singer-songwriter Beth Orton released in 2002 on Heavenly Records and the Astralwerks Records label. The album reached #40 in US and #8 in UK. Mojo Magazine called the album "her best to date...".[11] Q Magazine was not excited about the album: "Tortoise-pace strumming and a crippling shortage of choruses produce only torpor".[12][13] The album earned Orton a nomination at the BRIT Awards for Best British Female Singer as well as Best Album at the Q Awards.

Studio album by
Released16 July 2002
StudioRidge Farm Studio · Surrey · Eastcote Studios
GenreFolktronica,[citation needed] downtempo, trip hop
LabelHeavenly (UK) - HVNLP 37
Astralwerks (U.S.)
ProducerBeth Orton, Victor Van Vugt, Ben Watt
Beth Orton chronology
Central Reservation
The Other Side of Daybreak
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
E! OnlineB+[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media(4.8/10)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[7]
Spin3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine4/5 stars[1]
Uncut3/5 stars[9]
Village Voice(mixed)[10]

In an interview to on 28 July 2002 she said about making the record:

"We recorded 25 songs in two weeks with the whole band. Then there's the stuff I did with Johnny. There's stuff all over the place. And these are the ten songs that ended up being on the record because for me they encapsulate the mood best of the time we are recording the album. It took about six months altogether. That's not too bad. It was probably actually a year because I was looking for someone to do the mixing and things weren't working out."[citation needed]

As of 2003 it has sold 169,000 copies in United States. [14]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Paris Train" (Ted Barnes, Orton)
  2. "Concrete Sky" (Johnny Marr, Orton)
  3. "Mount Washington" (Orton)
  4. "Anywhere" (Orton)
  5. "Daybreaker" (Orton)
  6. "Carmella" (Orton)
  7. "God Song" (Orton)
  8. "This One's Gonna Bruise" (Ryan Adams, Orton)
  9. "Ted's Waltz" (Barnes, Orton)
  10. "Thinking About Tomorrow" (Ted Barnes, Orton, Sean Read, Sebastian Steinberg)

The Japanese version features two bonus tracks: "Ali's Waltz" and "Bobby Gentry", both also on the Concrete Sky EP.[15]


  • Producer - Victor Van Vugt
  • Additional production - Ben Watt
  • Acoustic Guitar - Ted Barnes
  • Drums - Will Blanchard
  • Engineer - Richard "Dread" Mann
  • Assistant Engineer - John McCormack
  • Bass Guitar - Ali Friend
  • Keyboards - Sean Read
  • Mastered By - Miles Showell
  • Mixer - Andy Bradfield, Ben Watt
  • Ryan Adams - acoustic guitar on 'This One's Gonna Bruise', bass and slide guitar on 'God Song', piano, bass, guitars and backing vocals on 'Carmella' and 'Concrete Sky'


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] N/A 169,000[18]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c "Daybreaker by Beth Orton". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ Daybreaker at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Daybreaker". Mojo: 102. 2002-09-01.
  4. ^ "Daybreaker". NME: 33. 2002-07-27.
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ "Daybreaker". Rolling Stone: 72. 2002-07-25.
  7. ^ "Slant Magazine". Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Daybreaker". Spin: 128. 2002-09-01.
  9. ^ "Daybreaker". Uncut: 108. 2002-09-01.
  10. ^ Pearse, Emma (3 September 2002). "A Bit of a Dag". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  11. ^ Mojo Magazine, 8/02, p.102
  12. ^ Q Magazine, Aug 2002, p.131
  13. ^ Album reviews at
  14. ^
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Beth Orton – Daykreaker". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Daykreaker in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Beth Orton – Daybreaker". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^