2. Dez. 2012, 22:00 von irisvanhoorn
6. Nov. 2012, 17:01 von 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. …
2. Nov. 2011, 20:35 von 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. Jul. 2011, 18:24 von 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)
15. Mai. 2011, 8:02 von irisvanhoornTori Amos - Welcome to Sunny Florida & Scarlet's Hidden Treasures
This is the last "album"of Tori Amos I bought, in January of this year (2011). It consists of a DVD with a live concert and a bonus disc with b-sides. At first I had my doubts: I usually don't buy music DVD's, because I think in the end I would only watch them one or two times. Luckily I found a way to listen to the DVD tracks more often. And I am really glad I bought it! It is very beautiful. She is even better live than on her studio albums, in my opinion.
Welcome to Sunny Florida
The live concert on the DVD was recorded on the 4th of September during the last concert of her Scarlet's Walk tour / Lottapianos tour in Florida. The original concert took over 2,5 hours (including encore), which is pretty long for a live show. However, a few songs were cut off for the DVD. For most of the 18 songs she is playing on the Bösendorfer, but she also uses the Wurlitzer and Rhodes. …
14. Mai. 2011, 11:49 von irisvanhoornTori Amos - To Venus and Back
This is one of the last Tori Amos albums I bought, in November of last year (2010). I did not listen to it very much up to now. It consists of two discs: one with new material and one with live performed songs. Actually I think I listened more to the live CD than to the original one. The title of the album fits very well in my opinion. Both discs have kind of a spacey atmosphere because of the electronic sounds, something I like about this album. She is also singing about Venus in the song Glory of the 80's as kind of a place (or time) where she went in 1985. Maybe the "orbiting" part in the title has something to do with the fact that she is still missing the 80's and sometimes maybe wants to be back there in that time or place. The booklet is not that special, but the colors and the images fit with the sound.
To Venus and Back (disc 1: Orbiting)
9. Aug. 2010, 12:28 von dochdasmesser
1. Okt. 2008, 16:01 von fakehead
12. Jun. 2008, 3:13 von absoliahttp://i25.tinypic.com/wtcegx.jpg
Six months ago, I made a top ten Tori Amos songlist here]. It's obviously very limited and kind of an unfair ranking, seeing as how my knowledge of her was limited to just most of her studio albums (not To Venus and Back-- yeah, I know *hangs head in shame*) and barely any b-sides. Though, I had been a rabid fan (not really, I've only seen her once) since 1993, when my Mom's boyfriend bought us our first CD player and a whole grip
of CDs, and her Crucify single was included. Fuck, I played that thing to death. Anyways, last.fm really inspired my proverbial "branching out" Tori-wise.
Usually, with music, I can tell right off, from the first minute or so of a song, if I'm going to really love it. That's the way 90% of these songs were for me. Particular others are dripping heavily with nostalgia and mean something far deeper than words can express.
So, here we go, listed alphabetically. Of course.
7. Mai. 2008, 2:12 von absoliahttp://i26.tinypic.com/34fmyr8.jpg
I don't plan to do any more "memes" for like, a few months, at least. I found myself getting really redundant about music that is meaningful to me, thus cheapening it. I almost want to delete all that crap.
At least it kept me occupied for a few hours..
Did you know that the word "meme" is a totally bastardized and convoluted pseudo-word coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene? His meaning and the meaning in which we use all over the internet have nothing to do with each other, though.
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