10th APRIL 2000 - PRINCE OF WALES, ST KILDA, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Tickets to this show sold out well in advance and there were more than a few dissapointed faces outside the Prince on this particular night. Perhaps it was the charismatic charm Beth Orton had displayed at the Big Day Out the previous day that prompted people to rush to see her again the following night? Who knows, one thing is for sure though, if you missed Beth Orton and The Grapes last Monday you missed a great evening of entertainment.
The support slot offered the opportunity for locals The Grapes to play to a packed venue, which was good to see. Fronted by Sherry Rich (a little country) and Ashley Naylor (a little bit rock and roll), The Grapes kept everyone amply entertained until Ms Orton graced the stage, and they did a good job with their brand of up-beat jangley twang. If you like you music happy, poppy with lots of tambourine and showing just a hint of influence from the Country and Western genre, then be sure to check out the Grapes, you won't be dissapointed.
Soon enough it was time for Ms Orton, but first let it be said that this gig was more than half filled by very affectionate couples, not at all ashamed to indulge in public displays of affection, such is the make up of the average Beth Orton fan me thinks.
Beth Orton took to the stage with her four-piece band, which included a double bassist,to create a show which was on of the most vocally driven I've seen fro some time. I was interested to see if Beth live was as good as Beth on CD and the answer to that question is yes. Perhaps she was even more bewitching. This woman has a voice that can soar then drop to a whisper. It can be stripped back and honestly raw, or fine and delicate.
At this stage in the review I'd just like to send out a special thank you to the particularly amorous fellow who proceeded to serenade his beloved along with Beth Orton, much to the displeasure of myself and about 30 others in his immediate vicinity. Thank you for sharing, but next time, don't. All in all, the show went for well over an hour with Orton showing neither a sign of fatigue nor a good joke (her jokes were just plain BAD but none less endearing). Her Central Reservation album was more than amply
EMMA RAPHAEL (BEAT MAGAZINE, 9th Feb 2000)