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Jackie's Strength (Enhan.CD) [Single]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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Tori Amos ~ Jackie'S Strength / Never Seen Blue / Beulah Land

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, if you are a Tori fan. Feb. 20 2004
By Rygel
Format:Audio CD
Let's get serious here. This single is only $3.49 as of now.(and I bought it for $2.99) So honestly even if it DID suck, its not like you spent your bank account on it. Fortunately it is a very good single. The price was what attracted me to it, that and the fact that "Jackie's Strength" is one of favorite Tori songs. The front and back cover art is beautiful. The pictures of Tori are absolutely amazing! They are both from the video for "Jackie's Strength"(which is included as and enhanced CD feature as well as the "Raspberry Swirl" video). The other tracks are great too. "Never Seen Blue" reminds me alot of the stuff she does on the second half of "Scarlet's Walk." It is pretty and insightful, but very soft. The song is an overall 4/5, which could be because it looks like nothing compared to "Jackie's Strength." The third track on this disc,"Belulah Land" is a bit confusing because it is actually a hymn, but the lyrics don't follow it(I checked it up on the internet.) I think the song is hinting at a paradise of some sort which could be interpreted as a heaven in the hymn. The song is pretty good and her voice is especially good when she says, "Something is coming, Yeah." Overall if you are a big Tori fan than this is a very good addition to your Tori library. The songs are definately material they could have used on the album since it only had twelve songs and I think these would have helped to balance out the NewTori/OldTori sound. Which "Jackie's Strength" does on the album, From the Choirgirl Hotel. So if you are picking something else up(it is ridiculous to pay almost $5.00 of shipping for a single) throw this in your Amazon cart, you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The softer side of Tori Amos Sept. 6 2002
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Any Tori Amos CD-single with the words "previously unreleased" anywhere on the box is definitely worth buying. This CD features two such brand new songs alongside the beautiful Jackie's Strength. It took me a while to warm up to this song, but now I enjoy it more and more every time I hear it. Great lyrics, great music, great singing, great everything; the delicate yet passionate transitions from verse to chorus never fail to amaze me. Never Seen Blue and Beulah Land are rather soft and subdued, which definitely correspond well with the atmosphere of Jackie's Strength. I personally don't enjoy Tori's slow, somber music as much as her faster-paced tracks, but I can't argue with the fact that Never Seen Blue is a particularly appealing song. I especially enjoy the later section in which Tori builds up the emotion behind the words and slowly works her way to a crescendo of passionate expression. Beulah Land is a little different, incorporating a small but important gospel feel. All of these songs can be quite calming, and they can also be quite serious if you immerse yourself in the lyrics. This CD also contains a bonus in the form of Tori's videos for Jackie's Strength and Raspberry Swirl, which makes it especially attractive to anyone who has not purchased the complete collection of Tori's 1991 to 1998 videos.
If you are especially drawn to Tori's softer side, the songs on this CD will probably delight you. For Tori fans like myself who prefer our Tori with more of an edge to her, the two previously unreleased tracks will still provide a lot of listening enjoyment. I don't see how any Tori fan can be disappointed in this particular CD single.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think your life just might change a little... Sept. 1 2001
By bf71
Format:Audio CD
I don't think I have the words to explain how beautiful this single is. Jackie's Strength was not one of my favorites from the album, but I needed the B-sides.
"Never Seen Blue" has become my all time favorite Tori song. It has a dream-like quality that most artists can't even touch. Put this on with your morning cup of coffee, really.
There's also something about the piano in this song that sends chills through you. It's beautiful and if you are a fan, you must hear it. (If anyone reading this was at the Salt Lake show for the "Venus" tour, you've heard it. It was one of the last songs she sang before her encore. It was a rare arena experience.)-- If anyone would like to hear the story about her playing Never Seen Blue in Salt Lake, email me (blankfrank71@hotmail). It's a good one.
"Beulah Land" is also an excellent song. Reminiscent of "Way Down" on Pele. Also one of my favorites. This is by far one of the best singles Tori has released.
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Format:Audio CD
This dissapointing CD single from Amos is sure to thrill her devoted fans who chomp up on anything she spits out. Containing a "radio edit" of the album track "Jackie's Strength" (translation: a few piano interludes and repetitive lyrics have been removed to make the song shorter,) it also features "Never Seen Blue" and "Beulah Land," two songs written and recorded to be placed on the "Boys For Pele" album, which was well known to have been over-tracked. "Blue" was originally available as a live radio performance on bootleg CDs, but this recorded version offers Amos at her best, stripped down at the piano. "Beulah Land," which borrows it's name from a hymn, is Amos at her most abnoxiously dramatic, featuring a gospel choir singing backup to such cheeky lyrics as "Give me religion and a labotomy..." You would think with the emoticon of her efforts Amos would be beyond such obvious lyrical attacks on her upbringing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tori fans, rejoice
"Jackie's Strength" is no doubt one of Tori's best songs. "Never Seen Blue" and "Beulah Land" compliment it perfectly, and they make this single worth... Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by Jessica Amend
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the soft and sad sides of Tori will rejoice
There are many reasons to buy this single, the main one being for "Beulah Land" the third and last song on the single. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Juliet Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Song!
This is probably one of my favorite's by Tori Amos. It is so haunting and bautiful at the same time.
The CD also includes the video, which is a great bonus. Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by Michael B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have...
If you ever thought that singles are a ripoff, think again. Out comes Jackies Strength, a song with great power that has touching lyrics and an amazing video. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Roger I. Camara Lemarroy
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope I'm right
Unfortunatly, information on this CD is limited so I'm taking a chance, and assuming I'm writing the right reveiw.This single is an excellent example of Tori's softer side. Read more
Published on June 20 2001 by "neptune5000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackies Strength
Jackies Strength is perhaps one of the most beautiful songs that Ive ever heard. Everytime I hear it it takes my breath away. Read more
Published on July 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance
Wow. What can I say about this song? I'm not at all a big fan of Tori Amos, but this song...wow! The word masterpiece comes to mind. Read more
Published on June 22 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Never Seen Blue' best reason to buy
Okay okay, I'm a little tired of Jackie's Strength--what with 'From the Choirgirl Hotel', plus this single, plus the video, not to mention the video on the CD, and then the fact... Read more
Published on April 15 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Tori, for once, makes a...no two mistakes...
I am the most die hard Tori Fan you will ever meet. I have all of her work, from Baltimore to Merman, however, this is the one single I have gotten that has left me less than... Read more
Published on March 15 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding My Religion
Track #2, "Beulah Land", is a song you must hear if you have ambivalent feelings toward your family's religion. "Tell me when I don't need you anymore"... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 1999
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