11 jan. 2014, 23h10m par tlukes123
2 déc. 2012, 22h00m par irisvanhoorn
29 nov. 2012, 20h45m par irisvanhoornIt's almost 2 months ago now, but I really would like to write something about the Tori Amos concert in De Doelen in Rotterdam on 1 October 2012 . It was the third time I visited a live concert of Tori Amos and again it was great. She was playing together with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, so the show was a bit similar to the first one I went to (on 8 October 2010), which was the first time she played with this orchestra. They performed all songs of Tori's new album Gold Dust, together with some other songs. The sound of the songs was much more powerful and emotional during the live performance than on the album. They also had pretty long instrumental introductions performed by the orchestra, which were quite nice, because you couldn't hear immediately which song would follow.
She started the show with Flying Dutchman, which didn't go exactly according to plan as you can see on the video below. This moment was actually quite cute and funny…
29 nov. 2012, 16h07m par irisvanhoornTori Amos - Gold Dust
This is Tori Amos most recent studio album, which was officially released on the 1st of October 2012. I pre-ordered it and received it already on the 29th of September. The album is a collection of 14 songs from Tori's 20 year spanning career. All songs were rearranged and rerecorded in a full orchestral setting with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. She personally picked the songs for this project, on which she gives the following comment:
"My relationship with all of these songs has changed over the years and they have changed my life. So it wasn't just about capturing the past it was about realizing that the songs had a new narrative now - 10 or 20 years later than they did when I originally recorded them." Unfortunately this 'new narrative' did not become very clear on the album. Most of the orchestral arrangements are very beautiful, but not really adding something new or original to the songs. …
4 nov. 2011, 19h39m par irisvanhoornSince the release of Night of Hunters about a month ago, also my ranking list of Tori Amos albums needed an update. And I discovered that it was more than just adding a new album to the list. Some albums grew on me while others became less important to me, or maybe I over-listened them a bit. So this is my new ranking list, starting with the best one on top:
1. Little Earthquakes (1992)
Her very strong debut album and my number 2 for a long time. I just realized that it became my most favourite album, because it contains some of the best songs she has ever made. It is a very personal and emotional album, dealing with heavy subjects like rape and guilt. I think this album has the best composition and really forms a whole.
Best tracks: Crucify, Silent All These Years, Precious Things, Winter, Happy Phantom, Leather, Me and a Gun
2. From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998)
3 nov. 2011, 20h34m par irisvanhoornAlthough it's already more than 2 weeks ago I would still like to tell you something about my experience during the latest Tori Amos concert in Amsterdam Carré on 17 October 2011. It was amazing, breathtaking and beautiful. I have laughed and cried, although I had this kind of stupid smile on my face the whole time! Come on... who needs drugs when we have Tori Amos?! Together with four amazing string-players who were playing like their lives were depending on it. Yes it was amazing, such a lot of songs. I've never experienced anything that can compare to this, so I hope she will visit The Netherlands again some day soon.
Opener was Shattering Sea from her new album Night of Hunters which was her opening track for all of her concerts during this tour. I really liked the wildness and the kind of anger in her performance. Also the string arrangements were somewhat different from the album version and very great.
2 nov. 2011, 20h35m par irisvanhoornBoth the release of Night of Hunters and seeing her perform live during the Night of Hunters tour, resulted in another Tori Amos listening obsession. So I felt the need to update my "Best of Tori Amos list" and change it from a top 35 to a top 40. I actually listened to 188 different songs and it was very hard to pick the 40 that I like the most, but here they are. The old list can be found here.
40. (new) Welcome to England (Abnormally Attracted To Sin, 2009)
39. (new) Father Lucifer (Boys for Pele, 1996)
38. (-12) God (Under the Pink, 1994)
37. (-9) Marys of the Sea (The Beekeeper, 2005)
36. (-12) Hey Jupiter (Boys for Pele, 1996)
35. (-6) 1000 Oceans (To Venus and Back (disc 1: Orbiting), 1999)
34. (new) Beauty of Speed (American Doll Posse, 2007)
33. (==) Jackie's Strength (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998)
32. (new) Black-Dove (January) (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998)
31. (-1) Cooling (b-side)
30. (-3) Sugar (b-side)
1 oct. 2011, 16h41m par NarcolepsyWeed12. Strange Little Girls
It's not necessarily bad, it's just the album I listen to least. I can appreciate Tori's artistic interpretations of these songs and it's got to take talent to be able to transform songs in such a way, but an album of covers can only rank so high on my list. It should go without saying that her original material is obviously better.
Favourite: New Age
Least favourite: Happiness Is a Warm Gun
11. The Beekeeper
This album marked a whole new direction for Tori, not that she's ever done the same thing twice. It's also the album that most people credit as being the album where she started to go downhill, but I disagree with that completely. I think that the concept is a little lost and the album is far too long, but creating a playlist of my 12 favourite songs from this album makes it make more sense.
Least favourite: Witness
10. Little Earthquakes
I'm going to get a lot of S for this one but frankly I can't listen to this album. …
8 sept. 2011, 9h03m par HiroakiP
5 jui. 2011, 18h24m par irisvanhoornI stole this concept from MustBeDreaming1 and I hope he don't mind. :-) I just thought it was very nice and also very difficult to make a list of the best songs of one of my favourite artists. So out of 174 different Tori Amos songs I picked the best (at least at this moment) and made my Top 35.
35. Cornflake Girl (Under the Pink, 1994)
34. Glory of the 80's (To Venus and Back (disc 1: Orbiting), 1999)
33. Jackie's Strength (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998)
32. The Beekeeper (The Beekeeper, 2005)
31. Me and a Gun (Little Earthquakes, 1992)
30. Cooling (b-side)
29. 1000 Oceans (To Venus and Back (disc 1: Orbiting), 1999)
28. Marys of the Sea (The Beekeeper, 2005)
27. Sugar (b-side)
26. God (Under the Pink, 1994)
25. Silent All These Years (Little Earthquakes, 1992)
24. Hey Jupiter (Boys for Pele, 1996)
23. Flying Dutchman (b-side)
22. Cruel (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998)
21. i i e e e (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998)