|Tori Amos – Under The Pink
Preconceived Notions: I’d heard a little of Tori’s stuff in highschool-which for me was right about the time she was “blowing up”. That said I have certain prejudices against the majority of female solo artists and I often compare all of them to the same Ani Difranco horrorshow. Acknowledging that irrationality , I am willing to give Tori another shot…not soley b/c it’s this group’s assignment, but because I don’t remember loathing the Tori as much as other stuff I’d heard back then.
After listening: I appreciate the emotional Tori I think a lot more than the trying to rock or pop Tori. Echoing the oft criticism CGR has, and I myself have in work- I despise stuff that borders on nursery rhymey feel- and some of this stuff rides that line pretty close with wins and loses. Tori seems at her best in the slow open piano pieces-she doesn’t fall into that trap of being overly dramatic or silly in those settings – with the notable exception of “Yes Anastasia” which is a nightmare for both.
Favorite Tracks: Bells for Her, Baker Baker, Icicle,
Overall: probably like a 2.8, so I guess I’ll just settle with the 3. I get in glimpses why people like and respect Tori, it’s just not enough for me most of the time. At least not this album anyway.