To Venus and Back Import
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For many pop-music cynics, excess can be neatly summed up in three things: live albums, double-CD's, and Tori Amos records. Damned if To Venus and Back doesn't hit the trifecta. But perhaps Amos is just trying to prove what we've always suspected: that her muse possesses a sly, ironic wit and has been frantically trying to give us a wink while Tori whipped up her heady cocktail of quiet Sturm, desperate Drang, and angst in the panties. There's teasing moments on this double-dose of Tori's love affair with her own melodic and mystical dramaturgy to support that notion, even in the disc of powerful new studio recordings that inaugurates this set. Dubbing a song "Glory of the 80's" is burlesque enough, but yearning to have oneself cloned as Kim Carnes at its climax is simply inspired. Amos is to Kate Bush's distaff mysticism what Mark McGwire was to Roger Maris; she hasn't so much broken the mold as willfully hammered it into her own image. After Bush hit the snooze-bar on her career in the late `80s, Amos boldly stepped into the fray, building a body of work that demanded to be taken seriously, even while the thrift-store chic set were laughing up their tattered sleeves at her ambitious chutzpah. They're not laughing now; in fact, many may find Venus to be a deliciously guilty pleasure. Amos supporters have long maintained that the key to understanding her intrigue lies in her live performances. Disc two boldly states their case as Amos coos, whoops, and warbles through a hit-sprinkled set, her shrewd, sorely undervalued band hanging with every nuance and turn of phrase. Cynics are from Mars; Tori is from Venus--that's just the way her galaxy crumbles. Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
This album combines the piano of her earlier works with the electronica featured later in "Strange Little Girls", for example. However, unlike "Strange Little Girls", here Amos has written and produced all of the songs.
The opening track of every album should be the hook, and "Bliss" is just that. A good piano track with lyrics aimed towards a father, it builds and falls, and is overall well done.
"Concertina" has a light, lovely piano tune, which is fun to sing, and it's not heavy or dark. "Josephine" is set in wartime, mentioning various locations, and is sweet and also light. "Spring Haze" is a dreamy little number, keeping the piano in good form, with a lovely bit just following the chorus.
"Lust" gives off the impression of walking into the unknown, with a mellow melody, gently rolling. "Suede" is a somewhat strange track, that makes the listener feel sort of powerful, and it gives off a mysterious atmosphere. And "Riot Poof" is an example of a good kind of electronica, but it's a song that's a bit hard to describe, though it's good to listen to, particularly when walking or in a moving vehicle.
There are a number of very good tracks here, though some are forgettable, and some combine both. An example of a mix is "Dãtura". I like the piano, but I reckon the song should've ended after about three and a half minutes. There're about five minutes following that that are really just repeating the words "dividing Canaan", and the piano isn't there, but rather just electronica.
The "out of 10 mark" was based only on Disc 1.Read more ›
Five years after its release, it feels like the time is perhaps more ripe for these studio songs. She was most definitely ahead of her time when she recorded tracks as experimental as the electronic-based "Datura," "Lust," "Glory Of The 80s," "Concertina" or "Juarez", to be found in here, all of which add a new dimension to her typically-more-acoustic-based work.
It'd always been a pleasant experience to listen to the live renditions of some of Tori's classics, along with the unique "Cooling", which I hadn't heard prior to this release. But paying close attention to the 'new' tracks has given new life to this production by one of my favorite contemporary artists and composers of all times.
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I ordered a CD of Felli Fell Get Buck in Here and they sent me a LP RECORD. Who uses those anymore. There is not phone number for Cust. Serv. and the link to get a Return Author. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2008 by J. Sherry
This is Tori at her finest. Very emotional, moving, intense. While both musically and lyrically strong, it also incorporates fresh and original electronic rhythms, which add a... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2006 by JJ
I can't understand why a lot of fans didn't like this. It's just beyond amazing. maybe if you would stop comparing everything she does to "little earthquakes" then maybe... Read morePublished on June 24 2004
I love these CD's in every way. Tori Amos splashes through different themes throughout both these discs. Read morePublished on June 5 2004
Originally rumored to be a collection of B-Sides, "To Venus and Back" evolved into a 2 disc collection with one disc being the live disc that was promised, but the other disc... Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Joe Sherry
I've always thought that Tori Amos attempted to create a different identity for each album: Little Earthquakes is her diary; Under the Pink is her exploration of innocence, a... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by wannabemoviecritic
If you've never been to a Tori Amos live show and you wanna hear what it sounds like, here it is. It includes the song "Cooling" which she has never previously recorded... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
Tori Amos is one of the most brilliant artists to grace the music scene. This albam is flawless & amazing. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Anthony