In the late '90s, the suffix "-tronica" could loosely be defined as "pop music to which drum loops have been glued." It was a goofy movement, one built on the questionable logic that adding a bunch of synthetic clatter to mealy AM acoustic pop somehow makes it less dull. British songwriter Beth Orton was the genre's archetype, a kind of pre-Dido Dido whose Suzanne-slash-Alan Vega single "She Cries Your Name" blew holes through the subwoofers of thousands of Volvos in every college town in America. Zeitgeist is a bitch, though, and pulling out of a culture hole sometimes requires a little help; for Orton that help comes... More >>>