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One of the best albums ever.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 20/12/2009 16:57:27
With this album Tori confirmed she deserved the title of "Goddess of Rock"; she dared where nobody else dared: truly rocking by fusing a piano with a full rockband. The equilibrium is perfect, both the band and the piano gain value from this excellent encounter.
And the songs are intense, heartfelt, complex: 12 songs all different and all beautiful, I cannot name one song from this album that hasn't got a great music, that isn't wisely produced and that hasn't got a soul of its own. A song like Hotel would make any musician jealous for its subtle complexity built in the game between the piano, electronica and the band; a ballad like Jackie's Strength is irresistible for the harshest heart; IIEEE is pure and raw pain turned into music; Cruel is sensual like no other song; Raspberry Swirl is a terrific piece that could make anyone dance and live a spiritual experience at the same time. And I could go on forever.
Tori, after great works such as Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink and Boys for Pele, goes beyond herself and manages to stupefy with her creativity and her ability to express the darkest corners of her soul.
Unfortunately, after this album, which closes the magical series of her best 4 albums, things for Tori will not be as great. To Venus and Back is still good but from Scarlet's Walk onwards you can tell her music is not what it used to be. I wonder if she'll ever be able to compose and produce music as fine as the one we heard in her first 4 albums and such a masterpiece as From the Choirgirl Hotel, which remains, for me, one of the milestones of rock (and not just female rock) as it is an absolutely unique and unrivalled experiment.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: ricsaga on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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