40’s Insights – Under the Pink

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,
Least Favorite:  Wrong band, Yes Anastasia

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.

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40 has had training enough in classical theory to know roughly what he's talking about. As for talent, he considers himself a crappy guitar player. He has a BA in Audio & Sound Recording BA, so not only does music creation intrigue him, but also music production. He believes that expression takes all forms, and it has to be remembered that music is an art form and is ultimately about connection, communication, experimentation, creativity, freedom, emotion, and 100’s of other things.

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