The red-head girl strikes again
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 09/10/2007 03:51:30
"Under The Pink" spread in the music market two years after the solo debut "Little Earthquakes". Inspite of its predecessor, "Under The Pink" is much less autobiographic and takes a closer look at the outside world.
As Tori herself declared "[...] Little Earthquakes was the romance phase between me and the listeners. I knew I had to change direction because it was like, 'Yeah, we've already seen you naked; now what do you have? Skinless?' So with Under the Pink, I put some clothes on."
This album can be considered, in some way, a sort of anthology of different characters stories, most of them women. In fact "Under The Pink" is much womenhood oriented, exploring relationships between them and others with a peculiar and critic point of view, analyzing love, friendship, opportunism, loneliness, lost, spirituality.
The way in which Tori faces all of these is always oriented towards personal growth. There's never desperation in her music or in her lyrics, but a strong self awareness.
Religious and personal themes are never missing in her songs. Pieces such as "God", in which Tori analyzes the Catholic view of a unique male-God figure, "Icicle", that talks about her youth and sexuality, "Bells For Her", dedicated to her best friend Beenie, reflect an outsider strong temper melted with a far-sighted and wisdom-ful look at people, society, religion and inner-self. A deep and sharp view of the soul of humanity.
The much known track on this album is the hit single "Cornflake Girl", the song that made her famous worldwide and that let her get the nick-name of "the Cornflake Girl of music", inspite of the fact that the lyrics textually report "(I) never was a cornflake girl".
Maybe the more "pop" song of the album, this is not for sure the best on it even if it gives the perfect representation of the piano skills of Tori with two gorgeous solo bridges that resemble to combine together country, rock, classical, pop and jazz music styles.
Musically and lyrically this piece of work is less immediate than its predecessor "Little Earthquakes" but not less efficient in pointing the right goals and getting them.
It contains some of the songs that "Ears With Feet" (that's how Tori names her fandom) love the best. The already nominated "God", "Cornflake Girl" and "Bells For Her", other astonishing pearls such as the tongue poisoned "The Waitress", about envy between women, the wonderful ballad "Past The Mission" that features background vocals by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails' voice), the symphonic "Yes, Anastasia", about Anastasia Romanov, the surprisingly surprising "Space Dog".
"Under The Pink" also marks the beginning of one of the most important Tori's relationships: that is the one between her and her Bösendorfer grand piano, relationship that's become somewhat legendary so much that during the "American Doll Posse World Tour", the non-band section of the venues has been named "T & Bö."
In conclusion, the second Tori Amos's solo work integrates and respond to the promises made with "Little Earthquakes" and gives more than can be expected.
The main characters don't vary: Tori's perfect voice, Tori's sharp look at the world, Tori's words that often can be considered real poetry masterpieces, Tori's musical and piano genius.
ROLLING STONE listed "Under The Pink" between the greatest album of the 90's.
To me "Under The Pink" is The Masterpiece of modern music and gives Tori the right of sitting close to the great classical geniuses such as Mozart and Beethoven.
The best music trilogy of our times:
Tori Amos's "Little Earthqueks", "Under The Pink" and "Boys For Pele"
A must have. No other words needed.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: CatNamedEaster on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.