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From the Choirgirl Hotel

Tori Amos Audio CD
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For Tori Amos, sex can be a weapon, a spiritual offering, or an act of protest. It's certainly been the singer/pianist's big subject since her 1989 debut Little Earthquakes. But while her earliest compositions tried to punch every emotional hot button at once and came off sounding turgid and overblown, her new album packs a greater punch by toning down mock-symphonic excess in favour of stark, haunting tracks that contain veiled mysteries. Love cuts both ways on Choirgirl. Songs such as "She's Your Cocaine" and "Cruel" view relationships as vicious power plays, while the protagonists in "Playboy Mommy" and "Northern Lad" desperately seek salvation via emotional connection. Hypnotic, affecting, and frequently gorgeous, From the Choirgirl Hotel is Amos's most accomplished album to date. --Marc Weingarten

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TORI AMOS From The Choirgirl Hotel (1998 UK 12-track picture printed CD the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter including the singles Spark Jackies Strength and Cruel/Raspberry Swirl lyric booklet picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Amazing! June 23 2012
By C. Preston TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is just so creative as every Tori CD is. Again her structural composition for each song is so unique exemplifying her gifts as a prodigy in the music industry. She always takes you on a journey with each CD...like an old jigsaw puzzle that you are attempting to put together she magically weaves you into her world. Enjoy this one as it's a keeper!

Spark:Who sings about Nicotine Patches? Yes that's Tori, again using metaphors to explain her current emotional turmoil! Wow; just a remarkable telling of the pain of having a miscarriage.....gruelling!
Cruel:Love all the percussion, drums & exaggerated instruments in this track; and her voice sounds so cool on this track!
Black Dove: I love this song so much; the Wurlitzer sounds so great and those wispy vocals are dynamic. Her songwriting is just impeccable!
Raspberry Swirl:This song will definetly get your heart pumping....raw, insightful and the vocal delivery on this track is awesome!
Jackie's Strength: This is a beautiful ballad song about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and her strength and how that strength translated to her.
Iieee: I loved the rhymical use of the drums in this song...great tempo and her voice sounds so great!
Liquid Diamonds: This track is so uniquely done...loads of rhythm & her piano work in this piece is remarkable. All the additional instruments give this song a seductive nature.
She's Your Cocaine: Great song...has a rockier edge to it...cool song about the addictions of love!
Northern Lad: Still one of my favorite Tori songs; still have it on my favorite playlists. So beautifully written and luckily I got to see her live doing this song! It was momentus!
Playboy Mommy:What lyrics...!!! Love her keeping it real!
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This album is filled with powerful songs that explore the deep sorrow of losing a child (or in Amos' case, three) through miscarriage.

In typical Tori Amos fashion, these songs are unique, evocative, mysterious, and varied in range and reach. While some pound with dance club beats, some soar with the ethereal melodies Amos is known for. Each and every song is breathtaking in its own way, and while those listening with an ear for lyrics may wonder what the poetry in Amos' songs "means" - those who love the ambience of a great song will appreciate how deftly Amos creates a mood in her music.

For women who are struggling with how to process the grief of miscarriage, this album is truly a gift. It makes bare the deep emotions women navigating this taboo grief feel, and are a reminder that we are not alone. The album is also an inspiration for women whose healing journey requires a creative, spiritual element. It is amazing to witness how an artist can make something truly beautiful out of an experience that is so dark, and so deeply affecting as Amos has with "from the choirgirl hotel".

-- Nicole Breit, author of I Can Make Life: Poems About Infertility and Miscarriage, Pregnancy and Birth (Tristan August Press, 2012)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My. God. Oct. 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
I finally took the plunge and bought this disc. I had been discouraged from buying it by many other Ears with Feet, thus the reason why it took me so long to jump on the bandwagon. But when I finally bought and listened to it...my GOD. I have never heard anything as innovative and filled with so much emotion. It starts out with an amazing rock influenced song about the miscarriage she suffered called "Spark". "Cruel" is a brutally honest, dark song about the power-play in relationships, and Tori tries to describe and understand her own malicious behavior. Some of my favorites being "Black-Dove" and "She's Your Cocaine" as well as the haunting tune of "iiee" and "Liquid Diamonds" My favorite song of the entire album would have to be "Playboy Mommy," a song Tori wrote for her dead daughter who she miscarried. I listen to this song every chance I get, for the simple reason that this right here, is raw emotion. The entire piece is without a doubt heart-breaking. It reminds of the suddenness of life and the mourning of life unlived. The pure and unadulterated love on this track is enough to leave you in tears for hours ('In my platforms I hit the floor, I fell face down, it didn't help my brain at all, then the baby came before I found the magic how to keep her happy, I never was the fantasy, of what you wan...wanted me to be, don't judge me so harsh, little girl......I'll say it loud here by your grave, those angels can't ever take my place').
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, tossing you around Nov. 21 2005
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, get it! It's so worth it, even if it were just for some lines that are sung. The music is overwhelming. Never listened to an album (especially not by Tori Amos) for the first time and so totally fell in love with it! (And look at the price - I'll get it for some of my friends this Christmas...)
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On this album are four masterpieces, six really quite good songs, and two exercises in shrieking drudgery.
The opening track "Spark" is, quite simply, an accomplishment of epic proportion; and by the time it reaches its climax of thundering piano, its greatness and terrible beauty are staggering. The secret, mournful "Black Dove," with its opening, antique-phonograph instrumentals that sound like snow very quietly falling, seems to fluctuate between uneasy passion and passionate defiance. "Jackie's Strength" is a lovely, wistful evocation of lost childhood and adolescence, among many other things; and "Hotel"...with its theme of the surrealism of the passing of time, the sadness of the same, and the incredulity of survival... has some of the best lyrics Amos has ever penned; it finally collapses, in an exhausted throes, at its own feet, with the final lines: " You were wild...where are you now?...You were wild...King Solomon's Mines...Exit 75...I'm still alive...I'm still alive....I'm still alive."
By contrast, the way too obscure, frequently cacophonous and often annoyingly grating "iieee" and "Liquid Diamonds" are not worth the time it takes to sit through them. "She's Your Cocaine"...in some ways a companion piece to Boys For Pele's "Professional Widow"... is a witty, thoroughly enjoyable exercise in vengeance that flat out rocks ("is it true that devils end up like you? Something safe for the picture frame?" Amos sneers at one point.) "Northern Lad" is as exquisite as anything Amos has ever done, as is "Playboy Mommy," her heartbreaking eulogy to the daughter she miscarried. "Choirgirl" is definitely not Tori's best album, as far as overall ambience goes, but it certainly a very good one. However, that it is largely an experiment is obvious. In some ways Amos might be better off staying with the muses that seem to serve and mentor her, rather than courting discordant harpies from other realms.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Would someone pls get the marbles out of this girl's mouth?
"Blake Dooove. Blick Dob. You're not a Halley Comet..." (Listen to song #3 and you'll know what I'm talking about. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by myxoplik
5.0 out of 5 stars the mournful beauty of "Playboy Mommy"
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Published on June 8 2004 by Joe Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Hotel, to your ears
This album is no exception in Tori Amos's stellar lineup of music from the whole of her career.
It is undoubtably one of the best of 1998, and, despite its being a response to... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Beketaten
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars
This is probably my favourite Tori album. It's a little harder than her others but it does have some slow songs that will kill your heart. Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you check in, you may never want to leave.
There are too little words to describe this album. It was my first experience with the works of Amos, and it is truly magical, from the haunting 'iiee' to the sexy 'Raspberry... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Aubree Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Tori album.
From The Choirgirl Hotel is without a doubt my favorite Tori Amos album. I like the "plugged" sound of the songs. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by B. K.
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and 1/2 stars, really
I love this album, almost every song (hence the 4 and 1/2). Tori's melodies are gorgeous, as always. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one Hotel well worth checking into!
1. SPARK: The lead single of this record is absolutely breathtaking. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Jason Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Erotic
Tori's most dynamic work, the album sounds and flows like a beautiful nightmare. While the full band, full fleshed production detracts from the stark intimacy of earlier albums,... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by "baylo"
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