May 8, 1998 |
Touring with a full band for the first time, Tori Amos showcased her new album, "From the Choirgirl Hotel," at the Wilshire Theatre on Wednesday in a 90-minute performance that blended her complex, classically based piano compositions with heavier rock instrumentation that complemented the emotional turbulence in her music. Planted between her grand piano and an electric keyboard, Amos immediately set the evening's tone with the dramatic, menacing sprawl of "Black-Dove (January)."
May 3, 1998 |
Is she a high-boil Kate Bush rip-off or a true renegade--a singer-pianist unafraid to cavort with fairies and howl with wolves? Sometimes Amos is simply both, someone capable of terrific, swooping highs and ungodly, muck-wallowing lows, a woman whose fever either mesmerizes or embarrasses. Before Fiona, there was Tori Amos: strong, passionate, womanly and weird.
July 1, 1996 |
Tori Amos believes in faeries, sings about sacrificing boys to the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele and plays a 200-year-old harpsichord. Given all that, you might expect her to sashay onto a stage like an out-of-time wood nymph. But opening a three-night run at the Greek Theatre on Friday, the singer wore casual jeans and T-shirt and greeted the crowd as if she were playing a recital in a friend's living room. And she is much more than a unicorn-embracing anachronism.
February 4, 1996
Tori Amos' third solo album, "Boys for Pele," couldn't dislodge the powerful "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack from the top of the national album chart, but it debuts at No. 1 on The Times' Southern California chart. Meanwhile, El Monte teenager Lina Santiago's "Feels So Good (Show Me Your Love)" stays at the top of the local singles chart for the second consecutive week. And Selena, Santiago's idol and role model, continues to rule the Latin chart.
January 21, 1996 |
You would probably expect a woman who lists Mary Magdalene and Lady Macbeth among her role models to harbor some serious femme fatale fantasies. And if that woman is as intense as Tori Amos, you would expect her to relate those fantasies in a colorful fashion. Discussing her new Atlantic Records album, "Boys for Pele," over dinner in a mid-town Manhattan restaurant, Amos doesn't disappoint.
January 21, 1996 |
There are only two possible explanations for the utter indecipherability of Amos' lyrics: (1) She is an enemy spy sending brilliantly encrypted messages to her compatriots in foreign lands or (2) The Cornflake Girl is really just a flake. On her third solo album, Amos has been left almost entirely to her own devices, producing the album as well as writing its 18 songs.
August 29, 1994 |
The traditional singer-songwriter was a species that thrived in the '60s and '70s but has been threatened in the '90s by a musical environment gone all grungy. Still, like salmon spawn, they keep hatching, and good albums by '90s-vintage arrivals such as Vinnie James, Ben Harper, Archie Roach, Sheryl Crow, Lisa Germano and Freedy Johnston suggest that the breed hasn't lost its grace, its commitment or its intelligence.
August 25, 1994 |
Tori Amos, the Princess of Pain on Piano, will fill the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara on Sunday night. Amos, with the Peg Bundy red hair and a much stronger work ethic, is touring in support of her second album, "Under the Pink." Born Myra Ellen Amos on Aug. 22, 1963, to a strict Methodist minister in North Carolina, she was a child prodigy on piano.
May 7, 1994
Tori Amos' performance did not appeal to Steve Hochman ("Tori Amos: Too Much Drama, Not Enough Song," March 24). He claims she made us count every one of the stars. I wasn't counting any stars. I felt I was welcomed by a warm individual who is very open about her feelings. Very little music can stand up to the test of being performed by a solo vocalist with an instrument. It is a very exposed place. At no point did she "spoil" the effect. She is gifted as a songwriter and a performer.