From the Choirgirl Hotel

Release date
5 May 1998
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Spark 4:13 128,612
2 Cruel 4:07 73,766
3 Black-Dove (January) 4:38 47,569
4 Raspberry Swirl 3:58 69,427
5 Jackie's Strength 4:32 92,988
6 i i e e e 4:08 17,285
7 Liquid Diamonds 6:21 51,693
8 She's Your Cocaine 3:42 54,333
9 Northern Lad 4:19 56,452
10 Hotel 5:20 44,609
11 Playboy Mommy 4:09 75,455
12 Pandora's Aquarium 4:46 42,446

About this album

Shortly before she began work on From the Choirgirl Hotel, Tori Amos suffered a miscarriage. While she was recording the album, she married her long-term boyfriend. As expected, both events cryptically wind their way into the album, which arguably has Amos’ most personal lyrics since Little Earthquakes. The surprise is, From the Choirgirl Hotel is considerably more accessible than its immediate predecessor, Boys for Pele. Tori has opened up her sound by working live with a full band, bringing an immediacy to her sound that has never been heard before. Added to that are samples and drum loops, ballads supported by eerie, sweeping strings and heavy guitars — everything she played with on Pele has come to fruition here. All the while, she’s kept the perversely cryptic, convoluted lyrics that have always marked her work, yet the lines that connect have more power and savage wit than ever. Besides, Amos’ songs have an interior logic of their own. Until now, it seemed that she could only deliver them on her own, supported by her piano, a guitar, or strings. With From the Choirgirl Hotel, she proves that with a little aural experimentation and muscle, she’s as potent and powerful as any modern rock artist.

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  • Sarinijha

    5 Jan 8:02pm Reply
  • TheNegativeSex

    Doesn't she look like Sandra Bullock in the cover?

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Tony--

    Wow. Just wow. Amazing,

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • crisdecoeur

    Favorite by far

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MovieStar2000

    after a great but difficult Pele, this record is SO REFRESHING. I literally can't get thirsty while listening to this!

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ZAKinhd

    black dove gives me chills every time i go too long without listening to it.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    oh, i found it again

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Nabhan

    This is the album that really got me into Tori Amos, still as beautiful to listen to today as it was in 1998 when I had it on repeat in my Cassette walkman.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply

    I just got to hear this album last nite, after buying Boys For Pele some weeks back. It feels like a slightly more easy listen than BFP...slightly more commercial maybe but still an amazing album of songs. I love her on-the-edge vocals and lyrics. Need to listen to it a bit more, as i'm still crazy in love with BFP which is an incredible album, and my first introduction to Tori really.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • autorretratos

    I wrote that article, rainy-dog. [2]

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • raw_melody_man

    My favourite album beginning with F...

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • smiley-1

    How many fates turned around in the overtime...

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    Has some of the best songs Tori has written in her entire career.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • NarcolepsyWeed

    Happy birthday, Choirgirl!

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • in_a_basement

    Agree about Tori's tracklist. Much more better than official one.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • thiago__garcia

    Makes me remember what is like when you lost your soul somewhere

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • dragonflymoon99

    my daughter and I saw Tori in Brisbane a few years ago and she is even better live a absolutley wonderful concert, I cant wait till she comes to Aus again

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    i once read a really interesting review of this by a christian website and they really went into religiously psychoanalysing (if that's possible) the individual songs and basically concluded that she was a messed up heathen and that this album would probably be damaging for impressionable young christians. but i never found it again.

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • tonnyaranha

    Uma verdadeira obra-prima.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MichaelMayhem22

    Fell in love with "Jackies Strength" just recently. Amazing track and solid album overall. "...Make me laugh, say you know..."

    3 May 2011 Reply
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