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)