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To Venus and Back Import


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00001IVJS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)

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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By JJ on Sept. 2 2006
Format: Audio CD
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 mystical power not so present in her other works. I love her ability and passion to experiment. Her earlier albums are a testament to this. This album is forever on repeat listening. Since this masterpiece though, I'm sad to say I lost interest in her later work. Not nearly as insightful, except maybe for her latest Beekeeper album. I haven't listened to it yet but I hear alot of good things about it, so I might be lulled back just one last time ;)

But I must say 'Venus' is a MUST for any Tori fan, die-hard and newbie alike..
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By Ez on Sept. 25 2004
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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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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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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By A Customer on June 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 you can enjoy this spectaular music. i believe that some of these songs show tori at lyrical best. songs like "bliss", "lust", "suede", "1,000 oceans", "juarez" & "datura" are probably some of her greatest masterpieces to date.
GET IT STRAIGHT IN YOUR MINDS PEOPLE. TORI IS NOT GOING TO MAKE "LITTLE EARTHQUAKES: THE SEQUAL" SO GET OVER IT & STOP ANALYZING EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT EVERY OTHER RECORD SHE DOES & SAYING THAT SHE SOLD OUT! THIS IS AMAZING, & REAL MUSIC, ENJOY IT!!!!
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