Beth Orton – Central Reservation (1999)
I’m getting worse at names.
I see former students in town from time to time, I recognize them, I can place the approximate year they graduated…and the names elude me.
It appears that song, album, and even artist names are starting to escape me these days as well.
I’m not terribly concerned but I fear Beth Orton will be this year’s Suzanne Vega.
I remember finding Vega’s self-titled record enjoyable, I recall it did not contain the single Luka, and it worked magnificently when played in the background.
Do I remember the individual songs? Not a chance!
Years from now, I’ll probably hear the name Beth Orton and have nice, if unspecific, pleasantries to offer.
I’ll likely recall her having one of those voices that ‘sounds familiar,’ with song structures that felt like blueprints for future Dido or Colby Caillat hits.
Against all odds, I may actually remember that Central Reservation featured a title track, possibly because 2 versions appeared on the album.
But any other specific names?
I can confidently say, without reservation, not gonna happen.