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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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In Praise of Tori Amos

Tori Amos, who is somehow 50 now, just released her 14th studio album Unrepentant Geraldines, and although I haven't loved any of the tracks I've heard so far, I will love Tori herself till the day I die: maybe some of you are the same way? If so, we're in good company at NPR, where 10 writers take on different aspects of a love-it-or-hate-it artist who came as she was ("a kind of piano-humping mystical feminist fairy creature writ large") and cultivated fan recognition and obsession that persists despite her recently uneven output and a resolute lack of associated cool ("confessing to Tori fandom is a bit like admitting you attend Ren Faires"). This in particular, I loved:

She sailed to shore on a seashell, fully-formed, and offered a vision of identity that demanded acceptance. Her music was strange, her voice was strange, and her message was clear: "There is room for what I'm doing in the world, even if I'm the only one doing it."

[NPR]



6 Comments / Post A Comment

Lady Humungus

What's wrong with Ren Faires???? Tori 4EVA. (I can't believe she's 50!)

Oenone

@Lady Humungus Agreed! Step the hell off my jam, NPR writer.

SarahP

Nailed it with how it feels to admit to liking Tori Amos. (I DO LIKE BOTH, OK?)

Dumpsterpaste

Related:

https://soundcloud.com/walter-wendy/little-earthquakes-tori-amos-cover

BattyRabbit

There's a Buzzfeed quiz for 'Which Tori Song Are You' linked to her on her page and there is no one who can stop me from taking it 3 billions times until I get the song I want.

SarahP

@BattyRabbit GASP

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