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Kidsticks

Beth Orton - Kidsticks
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #203 / 763
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Based on 27 ratings
2016 Ratings: #397
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Paste

So seamless it handily overshadows her previous mashups, Kidsticks could—and should—inspire Beth Orton to take greater stylistic liberties in the future. Don’t call it folktronica. Call it pop, with all the inclusiveness the word implies, and stay tuned.

85
Under The Radar
This is a record of class, grace, invention, and, above all, beautifully crafted songs. Experimental, unique, and brave; Beth Orton has just released her finest record.
80
The Skinny
This is an album swimming with inventiveness, quality and variety: it’s good to have her back.
80
Clash
It is the very definition of a grower, simply because there are so many little things going on in stark contrast to her elegantly sparse previous release.
80
musicOMH
The result is a hueful, textural salmagundi, Orton’s sound at its densest and most electric since her early collaborations with The Chemical Brothers. It’s also comfortably among the best things she’s done.
80
Loud and Quiet
‘Kidsticks’ is very much the sound of Beth Orton being resurrected.
80
Exclaim!

Channelling some of Orton's high school heroes (Kate Bush, Talking Heads, Plastic Letters-era Blondie), Kidsticks is akin to visiting a mellow, experimental dance club with a time-traveling ethereal poet; kinda punk rock, idiosyncratic and organic even as it's awash in keyboards.

80
The Guardian
Such a radical redesign should be imposing, yet Orton’s vocals – plaintive and soulful as ever – still take centre stage.
76
Pitchfork

On Kidsticks, she no longer sounds like she has anything left to prove, which is precisely what's allowed her to make the riskiest album of her career. And she sounds like she's had the time of her life making it, too.

75
The Line of Best Fit
Beth Orton has fluidly transformed her trip-hop+singer/songwriter roots into a fresh, original sound, which will surely resonate with both her longtime fans and new listeners alike, while providing a rich foundation for Orton to build upon during her third creative decade of casting intoxicating musical spells over us all.
70
AllMusic
In her restlessness and self-discovery, she she looks outward and comes away fresh and renewed as a result.
70
Drowned in Sound
If this is the shape of things to come for her, then we could be in for quite a treat. If only more musicians would be brave enough to truly re-invent themselves.
60
NOW Magazine

Kidsticks's risk-taking, while not always on point, proves Orton capable of reinvention. She's still a voice worth listening to.

60
Slant Magazine
Despite the album’s clear focus ... it ultimately feels under-developed.
58
A.V. Club

In the end, Kidsticks’ raw material is sound, and Orton’s attention to detail is impressive. But this adventurous approach could use a bit more structure and cohesion next time around.

noonoo97
69
Good in small doses but generally to generic and boring.
zaxapitsa
NR
Sigue teniendo voz pero lo ponen muy dificil para disfrutarla.
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Track List

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  2. Moon
  3. Petals
  4. 1973
  5. Wave
  6. Dawnstar
  7. Falling
  8. Corduroy Legs
  9. Flesh and Blood
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