Thursday, 19 September 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: TORI AMOS

THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.

TORI AMOS


Since seeing the video for "Silent All These Years" on TV I have been a massive fan of Tori Amos and have snapped up all her albums she has released.  I remember the video was very quirky, almost looked like it was a DIY video, and this cute red headed girl was singing so pure, almost whispering but haunting vocals over a sparse piano led backing track.  It did remind me of Kate Bush a little but there was something more from this lady.  Every non Tori fan just says she is a copycat of Kate but they are totally different.

Whereas Kate has this Progressive, Hippie Pop vibe, Tori is more a Rock chick.  Her pianos and organs are played like guitars and her lyrics are provocative and about real life and the hardships that come with it, her religious upbringing and even rape issues are brought to the fore in her lyrics.  Tori is no Pop princess, she says it as it is.  Her cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the first time I actuallu heard the lyrics and understood the song, it was brilliantly done.

I had the pleasure of seeing Tori play live on the Dew Drop Inn Tour in 1996 at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, a perfect Acoustic venue for the sound.   I did not know what to expect after only hearing her on record but it was unbelievable.  She has this strange, sexy way of playing the piano, swirling er legs about and whispering just behind the mic with a firty gaze.  I guess its her way of playing the guitar and swaying around grimacing Rock style!  The sound was incredible, she was playing organ and piano at the same time, one behind one in front and the gig had so much energy.  You don't expect this from someone playing a piano!

Tori has released 15 studio albums, 12 of original material since 1992.  She is such an original artist with some great songs in her catalogue and better than the originals' cover versions!.  Tori was the first national spokesperson of RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) after she had also been raped at knifepoint at age 21 (the song "Me and A Gun" recalls this horrible night although it was a knife, not a gun, which mislead some critics).

In my mind, Tori is very underrated and not praised enough or hailed enough as an extraordinary performer, songwriter and musician.  There are many undeserving accolades going to the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Justin Bieber and others, but this lady is miles ahead of any of them in talent and craft.



1 comment:

  1. shes become my musical best friend ....unlike any other musician or poet

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