Tori Amos: Gold Dust

20 Dec

tori amos gold dust

I have tried to like Tori Amos. I really have. Given a large chunk of my friend circle are emotionally damaged, art school graduates my apathy toward her music has been met with horror. Usually they would force me to listen to whatever song of hers changed their life, how it somehow encapsulated the wretchedness of whatever existential crisis was in fashion at the time. And yet, I remained a non-believer.

I listened to Gold Dust in the hope that it might get through to me. It didn’t. Every problem I’ve ever had with Tori Amos is still there: tedious, meandering melodies, overly fraught lyrics and heavy-handed vocal delivery. In Gold Dust, Amos and the Metropole Orchestra have recorded orchestral versions of songs from her previous albums stretching all the way from Little Earthquakes (1992) to Midwinter Graces (2009). Some songs are improved upon, some are not. Because many of the songs originally had orchestral backing a lot of the album feels largely redundant – differences between each version are often minimal.

If you are a fan of Tori Amos Gold Dust is not an essential album in her oevre, but it may still be worth a listen. If you’re not a fan, this album won’t make you one.

By Tessa Clews

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