Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 

A Cat Named Easter - A Tori Amos Appreciation Thread


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 27-11-2013, 21:09
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
night of the hunters - left me a little disconnected? I am not sure why?
Are you not a classical music fan? It's probably my least favourite by her just because I'm not really a classical music fan. I know Tori has a certain classical element to her music with the piano but I like it better when she mixes in contemporary elements like electronics or guitar/bass/drums with her keyboards. Also because it's based around prior musical themes, to me it doesn't have the true Tori creativity I was looking for.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 29-11-2013, 17:36
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
gigi4 - no i really love classical music but the mastering of the album annoys me … her voice is too dry in the mix! But i am so excited for her to go back to her dark, ethereal and quirky style…. i just managed to get my tickets today too…. I'm watching her at the symphony hall…just because last time every seat was a great view and the sound was superb!
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-11-2013, 17:47
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
gigi4 - no i really love classical music but the mastering of the album annoys me … her voice is too dry in the mix! But i am so excited for her to go back to her dark, ethereal and quirky style…. i just managed to get my tickets today too…. I'm watching her at the symphony hall…just because last time every seat was a great view and the sound was superb!
Oh really? I guess I'm not an audophile since I don't fixate too much on those technical things. I know some fans have criticized her recent work but I love all her new contemporary pop albums so I'm sure I will love the new one. I think Abnormally Attracted to Sin is a very underrated album. The only albums I don't enjoy are the holiday album Midwinter Graces, Night of the Hunters and her rerecorded old song album Gold Dust. It's been way too long since Abnormally Attracted to Sin, so I"m so excited for a new album!
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-11-2013, 23:37
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
gigi - no it sounds like your right on track with us … her last few adventures into more classical (midwinter and night of hunters) have largely been below our expectations in terms of quality of production - for the vocal. The songs remain great! 'Abnormally addicted to Sin' was her last 'normal artistic album'. It was great but also plagued with production problems. She needs to ditch hubby as mastering and producer executive - sorry! .

The odd thing was that i always wanted a Tori Amos - orchestral album; christmas album and cover album…. because they really play to her strengths but oddly enough these have been her weakest albums! Still great…and outstanding in places…. but not as amazing as perhaps expected and possible
- that her live performances showcase!
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 02:17
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
Guess I'm not into the whole orchestra thing. I think it has become a cliche. A lot of pop artists have done orchestra reinventions of their older songs. I know people associate Tori with classical, but I actually associate her more with alternative/indie music. I kind of her think of her as a 90's triology with Bjork and PJ Harvey rather than as a classical artist. I actually love her covers album Strange Little Girls which covered more contemporary pop songs. Absolutely love Rattlesnakes from that album.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 07:41
That_Guy
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,188
Is it weird that I think Night of Hunters is her strongest in around a decade? Star Whisperer is so amazing. That instrumental in the middle..and seeing it live twice..wow! Gold Dust is nice too. I think people are a bit harsh on Tori. It's not Choirgirl or Scarlet, I admit that, but still, her work is so far above any of the shite released from the more popular artists of today.
That_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 10:40
Hav_mor91
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The rolling Green of Wales.
Posts: 15,542
Finally got round to giving tori a go after fobing her off for a pale imitation of Kate Bush and whilst there are similarites there are similarites to Pj, Sarah Mclachlan etc and i was pleasently surprised will definitely be going to go purchase her back catalogue
Hav_mor91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 16:06
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
Is it weird that I think Night of Hunters is her strongest in around a decade? Star Whisperer is so amazing. That instrumental in the middle..and seeing it live twice..wow! Gold Dust is nice too. I think people are a bit harsh on Tori. It's not Choirgirl or Scarlet, I admit that, but still, her work is so far above any of the shite released from the more popular artists of today.
sorry that guy…maybe we are being a little harsh…your right…i thought that it goes without saying that all her work is great … and she is a genius! Just felt that Night of the hunters - while being great annoyed me because of the dry vocal… it could have been even better!
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 16:09
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
hav mar - which albums have you listened to so far?
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 17:05
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
Is it weird that I think Night of Hunters is her strongest in around a decade? Star Whisperer is so amazing. That instrumental in the middle..and seeing it live twice..wow! Gold Dust is nice too. I think people are a bit harsh on Tori. It's not Choirgirl or Scarlet, I admit that, but still, her work is so far above any of the shite released from the more popular artists of today.
I think some fans are too harsh on her. There's a group of fans who hate everything except Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink and just want her to go down to that stripped down piano confessional lyric style. But she's at a different place in her life now, being married with a child then she was when she made those records so you can't expect her music to sound the same.
But at the same time you can still be a fan of an artist and not like every single record they do or like some records better than others. Especially with someone like Tori who changes a lot and experiments with different sounds, it's normal that fans will like some records better than others because everyone has different taste in music.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 17:36
crazymonk
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,471
The album title is very unusual and quirky, excited to hear what it's all about!
crazymonk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 19:03
embryo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 549
Is it weird that I think Night of Hunters is her strongest in around a decade? Star Whisperer is so amazing. That instrumental in the middle..and seeing it live twice..wow! Gold Dust is nice too. I think people are a bit harsh on Tori. It's not Choirgirl or Scarlet, I admit that, but still, her work is so far above any of the shite released from the more popular artists of today.
It's not weird at all, I completely agree that 'Night of Hunters' is her best release since 'Scarlet's Walk'. I remember it being very well-received by critics too, much more so than the likes of 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin' and 'The Beekeeper'. I love that 'Night of Hunters' really highlights her stunning piano work, which isn't quite so prevalent in a lot of her other 21st century work.
embryo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 20:32
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
It's not weird at all, I completely agree that 'Night of Hunters' is her best release since 'Scarlet's Walk'. I remember it being very well-received by critics too, much more so than the likes of 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin' and 'The Beekeeper'. I love that 'Night of Hunters' really highlights her stunning piano work, which isn't quite so prevalent in a lot of her other 21st century work.
It was very well received by critics so far enough if people like it, but personally I didn't like it so much. I guess for me I don't like the pure piano stuff. I much prefer stuff like Abnormally Attracted to Sin and Beekeeper that mixes in other instruments that the just pure piano, not being pure classical fan.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-11-2013, 23:32
Hav_mor91
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The rolling Green of Wales.
Posts: 15,542
Hey Pele i have Tales of a Librarian and have dabbled on Spotify her first three will be my starting point Under the Pink seems like a good place to start LE will be the starting point of course
Hav_mor91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 10:10
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
Hey Pele i have Tales of a Librarian and have dabbled on Spotify her first three will be my starting point Under the Pink seems like a good place to start LE will be the starting point of course
Of her later albums, I recommend From the Choirgirl hotel and Scarlet's Walk.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 14:28
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
hav mar - gh's is always a good place to start …. which tracks are you faves?
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 14:31
Hav_mor91
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The rolling Green of Wales.
Posts: 15,542
Thanks for the reccomendation's guys

Fave tracks Pele are:

Cornflake Girl
Winter
Crucify
Precious Things
Silent All these Years
Spark
Bliss
Hav_mor91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 14:33
Madonna38
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,065
Anyone got tickets for the tour in May? Going to Birmingham so far but i'll probably end up getting a London ticket at some point.
Madonna38 is online now Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 14:51
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
yep I've got symphony hall tickets - so excited!!! Love that venue!
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 15:40
Madonna38
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,065
yep I've got symphony hall tickets - so excited!!! Love that venue!
Same, i bloody love the Symphony hall. It's not too big, I last saw Cyndi Lauper there and that was great. I saw Tori last time at the Royal Albert Hall though and I love that venue too so I may get tickets for that show too.

I hope the next album is a good 'un.
Madonna38 is online now Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 17:45
Gigi4
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,790
Some fans are speculating that the new album will be just piano and Tori's voice thus the "unrepentant' in the title. Plus, Live Nation put out a picture promoting the tour and album with just a drawing of a piano. Not sure how I feel about that, but it would be interesting and different from her recent pop albums.
Gigi4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 20:40
That_Guy
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,188
Waiting for the phone to ring..
That_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-01-2014, 19:23
BadKid95
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 7,051
Just listened to Little Earthquakes... what a fantastic album it is! Not a song I dislike and all of them seem heartfelt. I think my favourite is Winter
BadKid95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-01-2014, 10:54
That_Guy
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,188
That was the song that introduced me to Tori. Listening to From Russia With Love now. Amazing. Love Dragon.
That_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-01-2014, 18:21
boysforpele
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,958
Isn't 'Dragon' such a hidden treasure?

I hope this new album is as promised a move away from the classical and to the pianistic quirky realism of 'little earthquakes' and 'under the pink' ...
boysforpele is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 19:56.