Dez 2 2012, 22h00 por irisvanhoorn
Nov 4 2011, 19h39 por 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)
Nov 2 2011, 20h35 por 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)
Out 1 2011, 16h41 por 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. …
Jul 5 2011, 18h24 por 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)
Mai 24 2011, 20h21 por 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)
Fev 3 2011, 8h01 por irisvanhoornTori Amos - Abnormally Attracted To Sin
This was one of the last albums of Tori Amos I bought (in October 2010), to complete my collection, but I already had a chance to listen to it earlier. The album sounds less complicated and is more accessible than its predecessor 'American Doll Posse'. Although the lyrics are still very cryptic, which is a thing I really like in her music, the melodies on this album are less weird. It is also a more personal album, dealing with her own thoughts, feelings and experiences instead of a concept. I think that is one of the main reasons I like this album very much. Along with the links she makes to religion and spirituality. The photos in the booklet are very beautiful and are supporting the ideas and themes in the music. The most heard criticism about this album is that it is too long and should have been edited. I disagree with that, because there is no song on the album I would want to miss. …
Dez 28 2009, 6h12 por origamicreatureSo, as always... I'm suming up what this year was for me... musically speaking, I couldn't care less if these songs are as old as my grandma - or more - the thing is that they must have had some kind of meaning this year (either that or they just obsessed me). So, here I come, these were my "meaningful" songs this year... for one reason or another.
Special mention (for old time's sake): Tori Amos - Give
Runner-up: Pink Martini - Où est ma tête?
30. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
29. Pete Yorn - Lose You
28. Juana Molina - Un día
27. Carla Bruni - Péché d'envie
26. Ricardo Arjona - Que Nadie Vea
25. Andrea Bocelli & Martha Sánchez - Vivo Por Ella
24. Charles Aznavour - For Me Formidable
23. Alif Tree - Belle
22. Maria Taylor - Cartoons and Forever Plans
21. Alphaville - Forever Young
20. Au Revoir Simone - Trace A Line
19. Oquestrada - Oxalá te veja
18. Cuentos Borgeanos - Té Verde
17. Russian Red - Gone, Play On
16. Manu Chao - Me Llaman Calle
Dez 12 2009, 19h37 por K_i_m_iMy 20 favourite songs which were released in 2009:
20. Reba McEntire - "Strange"
She released one more album. She's 54 now, and she's one of the greatest in country music.
But her voice is aged, we can do nothing with it. The best by her has already been done. And "Strange", the lead single from the latest album, can be graded by me only for position # 20 this year.
19. Gregorian - "Meadows Of Heaven"
This song isn't among the best by Nightwish, but it was covered by Gregorian quiet well. Choosing of tracks from all around the album I chose this one 'cause it touched me more than others. That's all. But only for position # 19.
18. Muse - "Resistance"
Muse are back with new album, new songs. But something changed. Their songs haven't become just a bit cheesy, but they also lost that easy-listening air (for alternative songs). …
Out 10 2009, 22h24 por mihavvSob 10 X – Tori Amos
Wieńczący koncert tej trasy rozpoczął się od Foya, tym razem nasz bard, który wokalnie momentami przypominał znanego członka zespołu u2 nie zerwał struny, ani nie zagrał Back in Black, za to wystąpił ku zaskoczeniu z ubranymi w strojach 'roboczych' Mattem i Jonem. Ciekawiej to zabrzmiało, a jego utwory nabrały przestrzeni i wyśmienitego bębnienia. Panowie bawili się wyśmienicie.
Gwóźdź programu na scenie wyszedł o tej samej porze co w Zabrzu i tak samo zaczęło się od zaimprowizowanego najpierw Give. Generalnie w tym miejscu podobieństwa, poza dosłownie SZEŚCIOMA utworami (Girl, Cornflake Girl, Raspberry, SBV, PT i Big Wheel) się kończą. Spodziewałem się kilku innych utworów, ale nie aż takich zmian. Dlatego ci co byli dzień wcześniej, a w kongresowej nie, mają czego żałować! :) Chociaż wiele twarzy się powtarzało, szczególnie w pierwszych rzędach:))
No ale kontynuujmy, były dwa majestatyczne i długie utwory - Hotel i Space Dog (!!!), solidna reprezentacja UtP -Icicle i Bells for Her. …