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To Venus and Back [Import]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Bliss
2. Juarez
3. Concertina
4. Glory Of The 80's
5. Lust
6. Suede
7. Josephine
8. Riot Poof
9. Datura
10. Spring Haze
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Precious Things
2. Cruel
3. Cornflake Girl
4. Bells For Her
5. Girl
6. Cooling
7. Mr. Zebra
8. Cloud on My Tongue
9. Sugar
10. Little Earthquakes
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Sept. 25 2004
By Ez
Format:Audio CD
Tori Amos can never be accused of conforming to common marketed pop standards, and we can take that as a good sign. Known for her eccentricity, she doesn't let it drop here.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the Old Tori... July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're one of those people who has the tendency to say, "I like their old stuff better.", this is not the Tori CD for you. Similarly, if you're a Tori neophyte, this is NOT the introduction you want to her music. While I can't say I didn't enjoy this electronically-influenced venture from Ms. Amos (I still listen to it often), it left me aching to hear her doing the "girl at the piano thing" again, as she puts it. Tracks like 'Concertina' and 'Spring Haze', (the most old-school Tori on the album), are the ones on which I find myself pushing the repeat button. 'Juarez', a deep, sexy track, and 'Glory of the 80's', with its clever lyrics and pulsing beat, are also on my replay list. However, tracks like the whiny and repetitive 'Suede', and 'Datura', (coming in at over 8 minutes long with not a lot of substance to show for it), are where this album falls short. Also less than impressive is the live CD, which I'm convinced was only attached to force die-hard Tori fans who must own every album to pay upwards of $20 for the new release. It's your standard fare-- the kind I wish Tori would have written more of for the new portion of 'To Venus...' The final verdict? It's a great exploration into Tori's eclectic capabilities, but I doubt it will ever be anybody's favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dull moment... rediscovering Tori June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've owned this album since days after it was released back in 1999, but for some reason the studio tracks on it had managed to "elude" me until today, while I focused my attention on the live 'side', which continues to be a personal favorite Tori recording of mine.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica goes into the Tori mix June 8 2004
By Rygel
Format:Audio CD
This little wonder here is a great CD. It reamains beautiful and yet keeps an edge. Once you press the play button the first track, as well as first single released from the album, "Bliss" begins to play. This track is great and the slow to quick verse to chorus transition is done flawlessy. Great track overall. Next up is the driving beated "Juarez". Although less touching than other Tori songs this one still gets your attention with it's sensual beat and oddly sung lyrics. After that we come to "Concertina" a great song which grabs your attention with it's mysterious beauty and keeps you held with the easy to love chorus. "Glory of the 80s",which has my favroite lyrics of the album, tells a bit of a tale and is easy to like. The song after is the tranquil "Lust" which oddly enough keeps a techno sounding beat while still being quiet, a very good track overall. "Suede" may be overlooked often, but is a very good song and sounds almost tribal to me, I enjoy it. Next is one of my favroites, "Josephine". The track, which is about Napoleon's nearly non existant dedication to his wife, is very beautiful and also easy to enjoy. "Riot Poof" is probably the most driving song on the album and is VERY good. I especially enjoy how Tori sings it. "Datura" is an odd track where Tori seems to be listing random flowers, which sounds like no fun at all, but actually is very good, "Datura" is also the longest track on the album. "Spring Haze" is very reminiscent of some of Tori's older stuff at parts, but sounds like the rest of the album at others. The final,and probably most diverse from the rest of album track, is "1000 Oceans". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars lots of great moments
a lovely and spirited recording that captures this amazing artist in states of great emotion and inspiration. Read more
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