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Rather than simply release a greatest hits collection to celebrate the 20 years that have passed since she broke through with Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos revisits her catalog with these live recordings with the Metropole Orchestra. Essentially, she covers her own songs here, treating them as new mysteries with answers still to find. The orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, is tasteful, adding just the right amount of tension and drama to Amos' grand performances. While this album could be two or three times its actual length and still be leaving out something worth revisiting, the choices are inspired, bringing new hues to "Yes, Anastasia," "Jackie's Strength," "Winter" and "Marianne" just for starters. Amos' gorgeous musicality is present throughout. The Deluxe Version adds "Maybe California," videos for "Flavor" and "Gold Dust," and a short documentary on the making of the video for "Flavor."

Customer Reviews

Tori has matured...you havn

This album is beautiful. Sure, it's a re-orchestration of songs spanning her amazing career. Nobody has tried to hide that from anybody.

If you mumble on and on about how it's not Earthquakes....well, that was so 20 years ago. Hopefully, those that comment negatively, in that manner, are not angst ridden adults as they were teens?

Grow up and don't expect Tori to relive your youth for you with each new album.

Hoping for Vol. 2

Personally, I love the concept of this album. After the release of Night of Hunters, I was not surprised to hear that Tori's next release would be a compilation album of career spanning tracks re-arranged in an orchestral setting. I've always been a fan of this concept, but like so many other reviewers, I was surprised that she chose so many songs from her catalog which already featured heavy string arrangements. It's true that these new versions of "Jackie's Strength" and "Winter" just to mention a few, are extremely close to the original arrangements. That's not to say that these new versions aren't spectacular by any means… I just would have preferred to hear some of her more rock oriented tracks re-imagined in the orchestral setting; similar to what Metallica did with their S&M album or The Scorpions with "Hurricane 2000". I personally would have loved to hear songs such as "Caught A Lite Sneeze", "Cruel", "Tear in Your Hand", "God", "Sugar" and "Cooling" re-arranged, which is why I'm hoping for a Volume Two :)

My ultimate wish list for a second edition "Almost Rosey" perhaps?...would be: 1) Cruel 2) 1,000 Oceans 3) Caught A Lite Sneeze 4) Cooling 5) Tear In Your Hand 6) Sugar 7) God 8) A Sorta Fairytale 9) Past The Mission 10) Sleeps With Butterflies 11) Northern Lad 12) Concertina 13) Almost Rosey 14) China 15) Etienne 16) Putting The Damage On

Fantastic album!!!

I really don't understand the hate that this album is getting. It wasn't meant to be new material, it was meant to be a reinvention of her old songs with the orchestra added in. Just think of this album as the classics reinvented. I for one love this album and have been listening to it since the day of release. Flavor is far superior than the one on Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Precious Things sounds incredible with the orchestra. Cloud on My Tongue is a little sped up but sounds beautiful. Everyone keeps comparing all these songs to their original versions and how they don't sound the same, well let's point out the obvious, it is now 2012 and songs that were recorded in the 1990's are not going to sound the same as they did back then. Get over it people, just be happy we got a new Tori release this year.

Biography

Born: August 22, 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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