2 Dec 2012, 22:00 by irisvanhoorn
4 Nov 2011, 19:39 by 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, 20:35 by 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)
24 May 2011, 20:21 by 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)
15 Mar 2011, 11:58 by irisvanhoornTori Amos - Tales of a Librarian
Maybe it is a little bit weird to do an album review about a 'best of' album, but I would like to do it anyway. This was one of the first albums of Tori Amos I listened to, before I bought it in August 2010. Tori Amos made this album in 2003 and it contains 16 songs of her first 5 studio albums: Little Earthquakes (1992), Under the Pink (1994), Boys for Pele (1996), From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998) and To Venus and Back (1999). It also contains 2 new tracks and 2 rerecorded b-sides. Like for every 'best of' album (I think), there were complaints about the choice of the songs: certain songs should have been on it or not. But there is always the limitation of the length of the disc, so a choice has to be made. And I think she did that very well. The album contains a lot of her greatest hits and a lot of my favorite songs are on it.
From her first album Little Earthquakes, it contains the following songs:
26 Feb 2011, 12:11 by irisvanhoornTori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel
This is one of the best albums of Tori Amos in my opinion, maybe even the best one she has ever made (together with Little Earthquakes). It was the first album of her I bought, almost a year ago (March 2010). I got interested when I heard some of her music at work and I wanted to hear more of it, so I bought this album. What I really like about this album is the emotion in the songs, the very cryptic and personal lyrics and the kind of craziness that is so typical for her. I really like most of the songs, especially Playboy Mommy, which was one of my favorite songs from the start. This song is so beautiful and emotional that you can hear and feel the pain and sadness in it. The same applies to Spark, which is also one of her best songs, in my opinion. I watched the video which is also very emotional and painful in a beautiful rough kind of way. …
26 Dec 2010, 20:07 by LamprogFavorite albums of 2010
1. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
2. Loreena McKennitt - The Wind That Shakes The Barley
3. Agnes Obel - Philharmonics
4. Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
5. Smoke Fairies - Through Low Light And Trees
6. Lissie - Catching A Tiger
7. Kingfisher Sky - Skin Of The Earth
8. Tarja - What Lies Beneath
Artist of the year
Newly discovered: Shearwater
Debut (with album): Agnes Obel, Marina & the Diamonds
Musical genre of the year
Newly discovered: alternative folk & alternative country
Song of the year
Tremble (Acoustic Version) by Charlotte Martin.
Honorable mentions: Shearwater - Black Eyes, Agnes Obel - Katie Cruel, Janelle Monáe - Cold War, Delain - Start Swimming…
17 Jul 2010, 20:07 by LamprogMi., 14. Jul. – Live at Sunset, Tori Amos
Beauty of Speed
Cloud On My Tongue
Famous Blue Raincoat
Putting the Damage On
The Power of Orange Knickers
Take to the Sky
* Little Earthquakes - best live version of this tune I've ever heard... wonderful opener along with the beginning rain and thunderstorm!
* Black-Dove - so powerful and otherworldly. "I HAVE to get to TEXAS!!!!" :O
* Virginia - this was my only Tori concert this year, I didn't know she played it before on this tour, so I was very surprised when this song started. It's one of my favorites and this perfomance was spiritual.
* Ribbons Undone - yes, it is kinda cheesy but who cares. This was played with so much emotion - joy above all - and her voice was so great that I had indeed tears in my eyes.
25 Jan 2009, 20:38 by sameoldscenexxThis journal is pretty much me discussing my favourite albums, and my favourite tracks from each. I think I have a pretty eclectic taste - although my plays for certain artists would beg to differ - and so I hope there's a wide variety here. I also wouldn't mind some recommendations, and I'd like to think that someone out there will enjoy these albums as much as I do.
Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night (1987)
I've already done a track-by-track review of this album, but as it's one of my favourite ever ever albums, I felt I must include it.
This was the last album Lindsey Buckingham did with Fleetwood Mac until 2003's Say You Will, and he certainly went out with a bang. It's one of the few albums I can listen to wholly, and love absolutely every track. One of the few albums of the eighties to use synthesisers effectively - and I love synths - and so different to anything Fleetwood Mac have done before or since, it's absolutely amazing. …
19 Aug 2008, 00:22 by allegroconfu0coPut your music player on shuffle. Post the first 40 songs that come up. You can repeat artists if you want. If you have any repeat tracks, skip to the next track.
1)Wonderwall – Oasis
2)Eight Easy Steps – Alanis Morissette
3)My Sunken Treasure – The Duke Spirit
4)Marry Me – No Doubt
5)Beautiful Beat – Nada Surf
6)Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
7)Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men
8)I Can Hear The Bells - Hairspray movie soundtrack
9)The Chalet Lines – Belle & Sebastian
10)2007: The Year Punk Broke (My Heart) – Los Campesinos!
11)So Long – ABBA
12)On / Off – Immaculate Machine
13)Layla – Eric Clapton
14)The Fatalist – Robbers on High Street
15)Learning the Lie – The Hidden Cameras
16)Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
17)Sunndal Song – The Apples in Stereo
18)Succexy – Metric
19)Pink Bullets – The Shins
20)Fancy Claps – Wolf Parade
21)Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
22)"Hebrides" Overture, Op. 26 – Cleveland Orchestra & George Szell (Mendelssohn)