From the Choirgirl Hotel
label: WEA / Atlantic
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
Once and Do It Again
starting of Tori Amos Plugged 98 tour, she has to
have a band play with her,unlike the previous tours where it has
been her, her piano, and Steve Caton, her guitarist. I say
this because this album is the most different musically than all
Those of you
who are not familiar with her previous albums, her first release,
Little Earthquakes, was her coming alive with her favored
piano, the Bosendorfer. Her second album, Under the Pink,
is an extension of the first; the lyrics being a bit more difficult
to understand. Her third release, Boys for Pele,
she revitalizes the harpsichord; the lyrics by far, in my opinion,
the most difficult to understand to date. From the Choirgirl
Hotel is easy to listen to and easy to be entertained with
brings alive all the other instruments: percussion, guitars, pedals,
and strings. Her piano blends well with the other music,
almost making it difficult to hear her talented piano abilities.
Lyrically, this release features her emotions in dealing with
her miscarriage, as in "Spark", "iieee", and
especially in "Playboy Mommy"-- "those angels cant/
ever take my place/ somewhere where the orchids grow/ I cant
find those church bells/ that played when you died."
It would be no surprise to me if this song performed live would
have the same disturbing effect on me as her singing about her
rape experience in "Me and a Gun."
also some sexuality intertwined with the other emotions.
In "Raspberry Swirl", her voice "swirls",
sounding orgasmic, as she sings the lines: "if you want inside
her well, boy you better make her raspberry swirl."
You cant mistake the sexual overtones. In "Shes
Your Cocaine", well... to me, that song is all about sexual
habits that people take part in, i.e. oral sex "you can suck
anything" and voyeurism "and we all like to watch",
a toriphile like I am, it is indeed an excellent purchase.
However, if youve never heard of her, this album is the
easiest to listen to because of the simple lyrics and the liveliness
of the music.
liked From the Choirgirl Hotel...
3. Black Dove (January)
4. Raspberry Swirl
5. Jackie's Strength
7. Liquid Diamonds
8. She's Your Cocaine
9. Northern Lad
11. Playboy Mommy
12. Pandora's Aquarium