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Album Review

The release of Gold Dust was inevitable, and was recorded to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Little Earthquakes, the album that established Tori Amos as one of the premier — if not the premier — singer/songwriters of her generation. Here she revisits songs from her catalog backed by the famed Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. Amos recorded live with the orchestra in the Netherlands, making it a greatest-hits comp with a twist. It works. The songs keep their inherent melodies and basic arrangements, and the Metropole Orchestra underscores the inherent drama in them without overwhelming them (no easy feat). While everyone will have her favorites — or be disappointed about those that have been left out — the arc of the album works quite well. Songs like "Marianne" and "Yes Anastasia" are as direct and compelling as ever. The title track, with its elegiac intro, is more elaborate, yet never gives in to excess. "Precious Things" is, if anything, more militant, even as it proclaims "let these precious things be." The gospel feel in the chords that introduce "Snow Cherries from France" are quickly supplanted by a near-theatrical feel. The set closes with "Girl Disappearing" from American Doll Posse. In this arrangement, subtler shades of meaning are coaxed from the lyric by the orchestra and by more elaborate piano flourishes from Amos. Gold Dust is another of Amos' dreams realized — to record live with an orchestra — and it is most certainly for her dedicated fans, who will no doubt find elements in these new versions to enjoy.

Customer Reviews


Guaranteed to become a favourite, as well as lead you into the back catalogue.


After listening a number of times, this is a really great take on her songs. I actually prefer some versions on here to the originals (Marianne, Programmable Soda, snow cherries), some changes are very subtle - but as compilations go, this is far superior to Tales of Librarian and feels like an album in it's own right! Highly recommended - versions of Marianne, Gold Dust and Winter are standouts... it will take you back to the originals - discovered a new appreciation for the original version of Yes Anastasia (my least played Tori cd). A great album of Tori's magic!

Timeless, beautiful & *green* (well, *recycled*).

Rather than releasing a 'Best Of' to mark the 20th anniversary of 'Little Earthquakes' a selection of tracks (not necessarily singles) have been reworked & rerecorded with a philharmonic orchestra... I must admit I felt dubious about this release, following Kate Bush' 'Directors Cut', which I personally did not enjoy but these orchestral versions add an elegant richness & timeless feel to some less known & less commercial tracks (as apposed to better known tracks & singles) even though in some instances, the results are very subtle. Twenty years on & Tori amos still sings & plays beautifully, the new versions only adding to the originals, rather than taking away from them, drawing my attention to some tracks that I have previously overlooked. All in all it's a great offering. My personal highlights are 'Cloud On My Tongue', 'Girl Disappearing' & 'Programmable Soda'.


Born: 22 August 1963 in Newton, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following...
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