Podcast Episode
Season
Eight
number
383
Type
Album Review
Post Date
5/15/2018

Tori Amos

From The Choirgirl Hotel

Label
Atlantic
Release year
1998
Producer
Tori Amos

On her fourth album, Tori Amos assembled an all-star band to bulk up her minimalist piano sound but at the expense of melody

By 1998 Tori Amos was already established an artist who balanced both commercial success and critical praise. With her fourth album, From The Choirgirl Hotel, Amos dialed down the piano and dialed up the band, exploring a fuller sound that moved between electronic(a) beats, Beatle stomps and a slew of new sounds. In surrendering her confessional piano ballad comfort zone, a broader approach does reveal some cracks that left us scratching our heads both from a songwriting and production standpoint. Gone are the unmistakable hooks of "God" or "Crucify" while the vocals, now competing with a bigger sounds from the background players, get compressed and pushed up front to a dizzying degree. It's a frustrating episode for as much as we liked about the album, we found ourselves unable to connect with the material like expected.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Spark
  • 10:46 - Raspberry Swirl
  • 14:33 - Cruel
  • 19:11 - She's Your Cocaine
  • 27:32 - Jackie's Strength
  • Outro - Iieee

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From The Choirgirl Hotel