Beth Orton's fifth album, Sugaring Season, is named after a Vermont expression for the beginning of spring, when the nights are still cold and long, and the maple trees are tapped for syrup. "I liked the poetic sense of the sugaring season. It's quite romantic and melancholy," she explains, over a plate of chips in her London hotel. "For me, there is sweetness in melancholy." In many ways, 41-year-old Orton has had her own sugaring season.… more »
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