Tori Amos: A Return to Form

I downloaded Tori's new album last week and got a few opportunities to listen to the first half. So far, I really like it. It does seem a bit like both a return to form and an evoluation. I wasn't a huge fan of The Beekeeper—I thought it sounded like outtakes from Scarlet's Walk (which I loved).

The songs have a little bit more of an edge, and I'm pleased to report there is even a snarling electric guitar in the mix. Tori's creating characters again—five women of various backgrounds and interests—and letting them sing about their lives. It's an interesting conceit and does work toward creating a more cohesive album.

In celebration, a rundown (in descending order) of my favorite Tori albums:

1. Under the Pink
2. Little Earthquakes
3. Scarlet's Walk*
4. From the Choirgirl Hotel
5. Boys for Pele*
6. To Venus and Back
7. The Beekeeper

*indicates that I saw her on this tour. I event bought the pig-suckling t-shirt at the Boys for Pele show.

And as a bonus, three of my favorite b-sides:



  1. oh my god. i absolutely love sugar. i love the live version on to venus and back disc 2. love!

  2. I can never name favorites when it comes to her. There's plenty I skip past, but I can't name favorites. Two songs that randomly spring to mind because the albums are mentioned here are the title track off The Beekeeper -- I love this song, but I had to really listen to it first -- and Space Dog from the live Venus album -- Deck the halls... I'm young again, I'm you again...

  3. Oh, Charles, I have tried desperately to like the new Tori album, but I think it's another bloated mess. The whole singing in "characters" (and each one has a blog) is self-indulgent and distracting. Didn't she try this on "Strange Little Girls," which is still one of the worst albums ever made. I adore Tori, but she lost me with "To Venus and Back" and has never fully recovered. "Scarlett's Walk" had some great tunes, but it had too much filler. "The Beekeeper" was a wreck. "Little Earthquakes," "Under the Pink" and "Boys For Pele" remain her essential work in my opinion.