Under the Pink Import
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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (10/99)
Under The Pink was Tori Amos' follow-up to the sensationally successful Little Earthquakes and demonstrates that she had by no means run out of faeries and demons to sport with. Amos herself describes it as her "impressionistic" album--her piano playing is perfectly attuned to the subtle, shifting colours of her lyrical moods on "Bells For Her", while "Past The Mission" indicates her growing use of distinctive arrangements to illustrate her songs. Highlights include "God", in which Amos demonstrates her often-missed humour, openly taunting the Almighty for his indifference to humanity, asking "Do you need a woman to look after you?" --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Of course, many will argue, with some vigor, that the appearance of a "greatest hits" record is not the death knell to a career, but rather a turning point, or a good bye to old material or even perhaps, just the whim of the record company that the artist had no inclination to fight...but I don't REALLY believe that and neither do you. We all know that Tori's work has seemed to hit a standstill, and I want to call attention to her greatest record before she sinks under the surface of her past genius.
Now, before you all start howling, let me say that tori's new work is admirable. It's lovely and touching and all that female singer/songwriter past her prime type of stuff, and even at a standstill Tori still beats that pants off most but...
On Under The Pink Tori was in the flower of her talent. Stupid phrase, but bear with me. This record, it's arrangements, it's lyricism, it's nod to influences while leaving those influences in the dust, well the record is timeless. When she howls, "I believe in peace, $itch!" or demands of christianity "Do you need a woman to look after you?" she is at the height of her feminism, her own brand of activism and yet she still remains deeply personal and completely honest. There isn't any hiding of messages between lushly arranged arrangements, there isn't any wish for privacy here, lyrically.Read more ›
"Pretty Good Year" is just gorgeous and bitter sweet.
"God" questions the idea of why do bad things happen to good people. It also has a really nice rock edge to it.
"Bells for Her" is about the abuse that a friend of hers suffered, and the piano is absolutely haunting. The piano was deconstructed and then reconstructed and various metal cans and ball bearings were put in it to give it that sound.
"Past the Mission" has a jazzy sort of sound to it, kinda like carnival music and would be the type of song that would be radio friendly. Very beautiful. Trent Reznor from NIN also sings backup to Tori on this one.
"Baker Baker" is absolutely heart wrenching. Anyone who has ever had a tough breakup with someone will fall to pieces when hearing this.
"The Wrong Band" is another great song. A really great sound to this song.
"The Waitress" has such a hilarious song lyric in it. You'll have to hear for yourself, but once you hear it and laugh a bit, it's message is quite strong and has a lot of meaning behind it.
"Cornflake Girl" of course is the single of the album, a really radio friendly song and it is great to rock out to. Tori really goes to town on the piano in this one. Great music and really catchy lyrics! Great song to drive to!
"Icicle" has got to be one of my favorites from this album if not the favorite. The lyrics in this are just priceless. It's about realizing one's sexuality and growing up. A really beautiful song with nice piano work and Tori's voice is amazing.
"Cloud on my Tonge" is another gorgeous song. This one is sung with so much emotion.Read more ›
The lyrics are total nonsense if you read them on the page, and sheer poetry when delivered in Tori's sweet, insinuating voice and teamed with the piercing clarity of her piano. She has an awesome knack for writing songs about what no one else thinks to write songs about: the homocidal intensity of female envy which can strike in even the most benign of situations, in "The Waitress"; the profound question of whether the Supreme Being needs a girlfriend in "God"; a taboo moment of childhood eroticism in "Icicle"; and highly idiosyncratic journeys of self-discovery in the epics "Space Dog" and "Yes, Anastasia." It's hard to explain how this material comes to assume the dimensions of modern-day fable once cloaked in Tori's mysticism, but somehow it does. Highly recommended.
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Excellent product. Sound quality is amazing.so excited that this item was now available on vinyl. It's a Classic record. If you love Tori Amos you will love this record.Published on Feb. 7 2014 by Sean Ireland
Tori Amos is one of the best pianist of all time. I love the kind of songs she's writing. This was the first Tori Amos' CD that I heard. a really good choice !!!Published on Jan. 30 2005 by Emmie Dessureault
"Under The Pink," which falls chronologically between "Little Earthquakes" and "Boys For Pele," is in many ways a representation of the best of both worlds; a "middle... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Lisa A. Flowers
At turns solemn, wide-eyed in wonderment, and whimsical this album is one of Tori's greatest accomplishemnts, in my opinion, and manages even to outdo a masterpiece of "Little... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Beketaten
Two years following Tori Amos' first solo release, Little Earthquakes, Under The Pink was released. This album is absolutely gorgeous. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Rygel
Get this album, then listen over and over again to Bells for Her, Icicle, and Yes Anastasia. Cornflake Girl is not the only good song here. Tori, you rule!! Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
This Tori Amos person can actually sing,unlike some cheesy pop stars like Britney Spears and Hilary Duff.She's a good pianist and writes original songs. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by HilaryLeslie
I remember in 1992 when "Tori" released her debut, who knew how long she'd be around. It's good to have her here 12 years later. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by H3@+h