2 Dec 2012, 22:00 by irisvanhoorn
6 Nov 2012, 17:01 by 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, 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)
1 Oct 2011, 16:41 by 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. …
5 Jul 2011, 18:24 by 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 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. …
7 Apr 2010, 21:51 by herdestructionOpen your music player (iTunes, WMP, whatever) and put it on shuffle. For each category, hit next and put the first song that starts playing! Don't cheat!
I've wanted to do this for awhile. Here goes:
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
Great American Sharpshooter
Falling In Love:
You Went Away
Getting Back Together:
Tremble for My Beloved
Just Like a Woman
Learning a Lesson:
Sugar, We're Going Down
Ask the Angels
Six Feet Under the Stars
Long Night Alone:
I'm Doing Everything (For You)