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Beth Orton: Spitz, London

Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 16 December 2005

BETH ORTON has always been accompanied by a narrative of loneliness. The death of her parents inspired many of her early songs, which told of a desire to find someone to fill in her emotional gaps; in interviews she has spoken of a battle for happiness and health since a young age. So it's heartening to see that in the flesh she's like a cheeky teenager, all giggles and comedy voices.

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