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Tori Amos


Crossover Prog

3.78 | 49 ratings

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4 stars Tori's variations.

Sort of a musical version of comedy improv. Select various pieces of classical music from a set offered to you, now weave it into a story about a day in the life of a couple. Deutsche Grammphon her approached her with the rough concept. Tori delivers a song cycle story starting from the couple's tulutous arrival in a new place to ending up mending things in the end.

She hits on four of my favorite decomposing compsers: Satie, Mussorgsky, Debussy, and Bach amongst a few other notables. Tori does great justice to all the composers both her arrangements and lyrics (Greg Lake, eat your heart out). So you do get updated versions of old music. The non-vocal piece, Seven Sisters, though credited to a Bach piece, has a distinct Reich/Glass flavor to it. Take away all the voices and you would still have a decent classical album with a master piano player at the core of the various ensembles she assembled. With vocals of Tori and Natasha Hawley, you get something almost operatic (thank God not too operatic), that becomes something extraordinary.

Spring for the deluxe version with the DVD. There's much more to the story in, of, and around this album, plus it's a nice package to boot.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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