Also, interestingly enough, the songs I wish weren't on the album are placed in 3 2-track sequences: Sleeps with Butterflies + General Joy, Ribbons Undone + Cars and Guitars and Hoochie Woman + Goodbye Pisces.
Parasol - Barons of Suburbia - Martha's Foolish Ginger - (maybe) Dolphin Song - (maybe) Jamaica Inn - The Power of Orange Knickers - Sweet the Sting - Mother Revolution - Witness bridge - Ireland (without the sha na na) - The Beekeeper - Original Sinsuality - Marys of the Sea - Garlands - Toast. I wish that tracklist were real.
This is the album that killed her reputation imo. She chose the worst singles possible to promote it, Sleeps With Elevator Music is dreadful for a lead single. Yet, she left a whole lot of brilliant gems unheard of by the wider audience. Barons or Marys as singles would've possibly kept the album's (and Tori's, in a way) reputation from going downhill.
Although I do find this album Tori's least inventive (with 'Midwinter Graces' and 'Gold Dust' being cast aside), a bit uninspired and think it's exscessively loose in places, I can't help loving it to bits at the same time. So airy and enjoyable.
when i was first getting into tori, this was the album that had just come out and so i listened to it, at 15, and ended up really enjoying... most of it. but then i got little earthquakes and realised how much better she could be.
For the longest time, I have heard and read the crap people have dished on this album. And I didn't listen to it at all for the longest time because of other people's opinion that "It's too commercial" or whatever else people bitch. I got this album today and decided to take a leap of faith in Tori's musical prowess. It's awesome! It's got the smoothness of SW and a great positive energy. I'm discovering yet another facet of Tori that I'll come to love I'm sure. Shame on you if you can't give this album a good, attentive listen.
One of my favourite Tori albums. The only thing that bugs me here is that nearly all the tracks are 'coloured' same. Nearly each song has that warm feel to it, created by the bass, percussion, organ, piano and guitars.
Very well said shingouz, ialves, and tiduspr. TBK was one of my "gateway" Tori albums, so I have a soft spot for this album. After listening to her whole catalog, I wouldn't say that TBK is her best work, but it still is pretty awesome (and more rememberable than SW). "Sweet the Sting", "Ireland", "Cars and Guitars", "The Power of Orange Knickers" and "Marys of the Sea" are my personal highlights. Even if I didn't like it, I would still be glad that she at least tried a new sound instead of making Little Earthquakes: Vol II.
This album captures perfectly the soul of a happier Tori, with the baby she had been waiting for so long finally illumating her life. My guess is that those who don't like this album are too young too understand its true value. You'll appreciate it in 10 or 15 years.
pretty laughable how much hatred this album has gathered from the very vicious toriphiles who seem to be out for blood ever since a few years back. I think it is brilliant, the music wonderful and soothing and better than any other pop album out there. Just because tori does not sound pissed off on this cd, does it mean that it lacks any passion or prose. Bravo to tori for constantly demonstrating that she is not one sided, but a musical genius. Her music has all shades. My favorite tori CD right now, although i am totally digging Abnormally Attracted to Sin and its creeping up on my list.
it doesn't have anything to do with the soft sound, for me. I don't feel her soul in it at all, actually. SW is one of my favorite Tori albums, and it has a soft sound overall. This is just a really bland album, and is weak lyrically and I'm not a very big fan of the music, either. Very few tracks on this album give a hint of Tori's brilliance. To me, it's her only misstep, along with half of Strange Little Girls.
If I'm completely honest, I really like it. I don't really compare it to a lot of her other (better) albums, but she's still present, intact, and it's very pretty and charming. Lot of great vocal performances here too, unlike ADP. And I have a HUGE soft spot for Ireland, Hoochie Woman etc.
But then I understand the bitterness surrounding this. I'm always up for some good poppy stuff, and I bought this the same day as Little Earthquakes, and I liked how one was really personal and dark, while the other a lot more celebratory.