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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Y KANT TORI READ


featuring Tori (Amos)


ATLANTIC RECORDS
81845-1
1988
STEREO





SIDE A:



THE BIG PICTURE
COOL ON YOUR ISLAND
FAYTH
FIRE ON THE SIDE
PIRATES

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SIDE B:



FLOATING CITY
HEART ATTACK AT 23
ON THE BOUNDARY
YOU GO TO MY HEAD
ETIENNE TRILOGY: The Highlands; Etienne; Skyeboat Song

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Editor's note: most of you if you know Tori Amos do so for songs like "Winter", "Cornflake Girl" and Caught a Lite Sneeze" and so on. Well, this is her first album and it's not so bad! I've read horrible reviews and though it's not up to snuff with her best works, an average first record isn't an unheard of thing. Hell, it sounds a lot like Kate Bush's better albums. Haha. Sorry, I know I'll be crucified now by the devotees. Thanks in advance.

There is a bit too much 80s in this recording but you can hear the roots of her more refined works sprouting up in spots. "Cool On Your Island" is passable pop goodness, "Fire on the Side" is B-Side Tori with an Amos attached sans the phonetics, "Etienne Trilogy" is more Tori Amos than Tori with big hair and and and well, yeah, the rest of the songs mostly suck badly. "Pirates" and "Fayth" are garbage but I think much of that is owed to the songs being co-written by Kim Bullard, whomever he may be. Most likely he's a Desmond Child of chick rock and helps to squeak one hit out of an artist while sucking the rest of their talent out of a song and making it commercial crap. The rest is just average pop slop gravy for some suit trying to humiliate somebody for profit.

1 comment:

Chick Rock said...

I would like to respectfully, but whole-heartedly disagree on your review of this album. This was, in my opinion, the best album of Tori's when taking entire albums into account. Fire On The Side still to this day stirs me to melancholy. Cool On Your Island has a similiar affect on me, as well. I can feel the sense of longing and emptiness that Tori must have been feeling as she sang these songs and several songs like Floating City and Fayth seemed to call out to God without getting religious about it.
It seemed to me that with each following album Tori Amos had what I would consider hit-worthy material. This album was exceptional!