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. …
6 nov. 2012, 17h01m par irisvanhoornTori Amos - A Piano: The Collection
Instead of reviewing Tori's new album Gold Dust, I would like to review this amazing box-set first, because it's my most listened Tori album and I never found the time to write a review about it before. I received A Piano: The Collection as a gift from my boyfriend for my 28th birthday (June 2011). I really love the box with the piano keys on it, it looks really great in my opinion. It's just a pity mine got a bit damaged during the transport, but we taped it and now it looks good as new (almost)! I also really love the book that is included. It contains a small biography of Tori and a few pages of 'Album and Track commentary' written by Tori herself about the 5 discs of the box-set and the choices she made to include certain songs. It's really nice to have some insights on the songs, and to be able to understand the songs a little bit better. …
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)
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)
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)
24 mai 2011, 20h21m par irisvanhoornI saw some other people here do it, so I would also like to make a ranking list of all studio albums of Tori Amos.
I thought it was pretty difficult to rank her albums, because I like them all (except for Strange Little Girls). Some of her songs (and albums) I loved right from the start, while others first had to grow on me. And for some songs I lost a bit of interest along the way, maybe I listened to them a little bit too much. Anyway, here is my current list (I start with the best one on top, because I like that better):
1. From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998)
This is definitely her best album ever! It is a very personal and dark album, dealing with subjects like her miscarriage(s), her marriage and some stuff coming from her nightmares. A lot of very beautiful, touching songs and very good use of electronics.
Best tracks: Spark, Cruel, Black-Dove (January), Raspberry Swirl, Jackie's Strength, i i e e e, Playboy Mommy
2. Little Earthquakes (1992)
19 fév. 2011, 12h31m par irisvanhoornTori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
This was also one of the albums of Tori Amos I bought last summer (July 2010). I really fell in love with one track right from the start: A Sorta Fairytale. I think it is one of her very best songs and I can listen to it over and over again. The melody, the lyrics, the atmosphere, it is all so beautiful and touching that it sometimes makes me cry. I read that it was a hit in the US, but it never was in the Netherlands (none of her songs really were, except maybe Cornflake Girl and Professional Widow), so I never heard it on the radio before. I also watched the video for the first time. It is kind of strange with the head-on-arm/leg-persons, but also very beautiful and touching and it is fitting the song very well. For the rest of the album: I like the concept of the Scarlet character and her trip through America. I also like the kind of warm atmosphere of the album. …
29 jui. 2010, 19h26m par SoapMagichttp://www.yessaid.com/pic/hex-18.jpg
Above all, there are few musicians that I put on the same level as Tori. She's very important to me & I consider her a role model. Anyways, she gets the honor of being first in my OMGLOVEs series, where I pick ten songs from some artist/band that I just love. So...here it is.
Tear in Your Hand
What can I say? The instrumentation is beautiful. I love how she manages to make this breakup song sound like the complete opposite. A bit of lyrical dissonance. Oh and that moment where she sings "maybe it's time to wave goodbye now, time to wave goodbye now", and the pause comes...then BOOM! T comes back with full force. A great moment in her career.
Marianne is one of the few songs that caused tears to roll down my face. The music is just. So. Sad. Especially the "hold down" part, the climax, and the end. She refers to Marianne as the "quickest girl in the frying pan". Her demise was inevitable. …