Trailer Park (album)

Trailer Park is the solo debut album by British singer Beth Orton. Combining folk, electronica, and trip hop elements, it earned Orton two BRIT Award nominations. The only single from the album was the opening track, "She Cries Your Name", which previously appeared in a different form on William Orbit's album Strange Cargo Hinterland. All songs were co-written by Orton except for a cover version of Phil Spector's "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine." The album was among the first to fuse elements of 1960s and 1970s folk with modern electronica and trip hop.

Trailer Park
Studio album by
Released19 October 1996
StudioWessex · Maison Rouge · Matrix
LabelHeavenly (UK) - HVNLP 17
Dedicated (US)
ProducerVictor Van Vugt, Andrew Weatherall
Beth Orton chronology
Trailer Park
Best Bit
Central Reservation


An expanded two-disc Legacy Edition was released internationally on 10 March 2009.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian[6]
Rolling Stone[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[11]

Chris Jones of BBC Music called Trailer Park "a very English record" and wrote that "only on the poppier 'Don't Need a Reason' or 'Someone's Daughter' does she go badly wrong."[13]

Track listing

All tracks written by Ted Barnes, Ali Friend, and Beth Orton except where noted.

1."She Cries Your Name"4:47
2."Tangent" 7:29
3."Don't Need a Reason"
  • Barnes
  • Orton
4."Live as You Dream" 2:59
5."Sugar Boy" 4:21
6."Touch Me with Your Love" 7:27
7."Whenever" 3:53
8."How Far" 4:27
9."Someone's Daughter" 4:16
10."I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine"4:43
11."Galaxy of Emptiness" 10:07

See also

In the song "Live as You Dream", the line "we live as we dream alone" is from Heart of Darkness, the 1902 novella by Joseph Conrad. See wikiquotes of Joseph Conrad.

Certifications and sales

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
United States 92,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  4. Kot, Greg (8 August 1997). "Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Dedicated/Heavenly)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. Romero, Michele (2 May 1997). "Trailer Park". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. Sullivan, Caroline (11 October 1996). "Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Heavenly)". The Guardian.
  7. "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Mojo: 118. 2009. [T]he mournful strings and bruised-sounding voice on 'She Cries Your Name' are still irresistible ... Trailer Park has lost little of its appeal.
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  9. "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Q (163): 112. April 2000.
  10. "Beth Orton: Trailer Park". Rolling Stone: 76. 2009. Orton's lovesick croon still slam-dunks, particularly during the haunted opener, 'She Cries Your Name.'
  11. Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Beth Orton". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 608. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. Hultkrans, Andrew (July 2009). "Reissues". Spin. 25 (7): 92. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  13. Jones, Chris (6 March 2009). "Beth Orton Trailer Park Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  14. "British album certifications – Beth Orton – Trailer park". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Trailer park in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. Siegler, Dylan (13 February 1999). "Beth Orton". Billboard. p. 20. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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