Review: Thelka, Bristol 7th December 2012
By Mike Harley venue.co.uk
Beth Orton has a voice that can make grown men cry.
There’s a fragility and beauty to her sound that can unnerve and soothe in equal measure. Since the critically adored ‘Trailer Park’ album in 1996, she has had a solid run of success with four further well-received folk-tronic efforts and she arrives in Bristol following a six-year break. In truth it is a little odd seeing the much publicised ‘comedown queen’ kicking off the weekend but even with whipper-snapper Ellie Goulding selling out over the road, Beth’s brand of electronica-alt-folk proves a big draw as she plays a stripped-down and intimate acoustic set.