2 Dic 2012, 22:00 de irisvanhoorn
4 Nov 2011, 19:39 de 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 de 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)
5 Jul 2011, 18:24 de 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 de 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 de 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 de 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. …
24 Ago 2010, 0:07 de FurashubakkuTerms are, of course, subjective.
Upbeat Song: Tear in Your Hand
Mystery Song: Mother
Under the Pink:
Upbeat Song: Cornflake Girl
Ballad: Baker Baker
Mystery Song: Space Dog
Boys for Pele:
Upbeat Song: Blood Roses
Ballad: Hey Jupiter/Putting the Damage On
Mystery Song: Father Lucifer
From the Choirgirl Hotel:
Upbeat Song: Raspberry Swirl
Ballad: Playboy Mommy
Mystery Song: Pandora's Aquarium
To Venus and Back:
Upbeat Song: Bliss
Ballad: 1000 Oceans/Cooling
Mystery Song: Dātura
I'll end it there for now, as I'm not too familiar with Tori's work post these albums.
17 Ago 2010, 8:58 de FurashubakkuI ended up talking about them anyway!
11. Midwinter Graces
I'm not a seasonal person, I hate Christmas, but I'll check it out more this winter.
10. Abnormally Attracted To Sin
Not a bad album, but it could do with being shorter.
09. Strange Little Girls
Originally at number eleven, I moved it up two places after re-listening. Some of the tracks have grown on me quite a bit. My favourites would be '97 Bonnie & Clyde, Rattlesnakes, Time and Raining Blood.
08. American Doll Posse
Again, this needs to be edited. I wasn't feeling the personas until recently. There's some gold in this one.
07. To Venus and Back
Good follow up to Choirgirl and I love the electronica. The second disc contains my all-time favourite Tori song too (Cooling), so it's win-win!
06. Scarlet's Walk
I dig the mature warmth of the album. Even the sadder songs are full of this awesome light.
05. The Beekeeper
I adore Hammond organ, and she works it in this album! Too bad last. …
1 Oct 2009, 12:25 de verdenaWed 30 Sep – Tori Amos Sinful Attraction Tour
I didn't see her live in the 90s... and that'll be always a huge loss for me and a deep regret, cause she was raging the stage at that time and probably because that was the era I started to love Tori as much as I do nowadays. With such a background as "Little Earthquakes" or "Under The Pink" or "Pele" and in such a deep, somehow frustrating, thoughtful, dramatic and consequently (paradoxically) productive and intense period as "Choirgirl Hotel" era was, you can easily understand how much I'd love to turn back the hands of time and allow myself to experience that Tori at that time.
I listened to Abnormally Attracted To Sin very few times.. you can easily check how many in my profile, and for the first time ever I was going to see her live with such a low, very low expectation. These long epic albums she's recently doing, exception made for Scarlet's Walk (which I totally adore!), made my interest every year weaker and weaker. …