O2 Glasgow review

ON TRACK: BETH Orton 'revisted' classic tracks on her latest tour.
ON TRACK: BETH Orton ‘revisted’ classic tracks on her latest tour.

Beth Orton O2 ABC, Glasgow Lisa-Marie Ferla – www.heraldscotland.com

As strange as it is for the listener to hear their favourite albums reinterpreted as part of the current trend for classic album tours, it must be stranger still for the artist.

Beth Orton has travelled a more twisted road than most in the lead-up to the release of her last album, Sugaring Season, in late 2012.

This, perhaps, explained her apparent awkwardness with the songs from her BRIT-winning 1999 release, Central Reservation.

Billed as that album “revisited” to coincide with a double-disc reissue, this show hinted at a full-band album run-through – a pretence that was dropped with the early inclusions of Paris Train, Shopping Trolley and latest single Mystery in the set.

There was no point, Orton explained, in her playing the album from beginning to end because “it wouldn’t sound like the record”.

While it’s true that the Beth Orton of 2014 has replaced the trip-hop stylings of a William Orbit remix with plaid shirts and double bass.

Nobody was looking for note-perfect renditions of songs – which was just as well.

Orton’s voice, grown more ragged and bruised through the years, filled the better reinterpretations with heart and humility, while occasional contributions from husband Sam Amidon on violin and earthy backing vocals hinted at how beautiful a folkier and more coherent performance could have sounded.

Still, the title track remained as perfect an encapsulation of the hope and the loneliness of the morning after – complete with a second half band performance in homage to the song’s many remixes – while acoustic performances of Pass In Time and Feel To Believe as an encore were a delight.

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