- Audio CD (19 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: Decca
- ASIN: B0051ZH8RW
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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TORI AMOS Night Of Hunters (2011 German Deluxe Edition CD/DVD set comprising a 14-track acoustic CD album plus a bonus 3-track DVD including a documentary. Housed in a hardback book-style picture sleeve - still sealed in stickered shrinkwrap)
This album is hard work. Night of Hunters is billed as a "21st century song cycle inspired by select classical pieces spanning the last 400 years". "The protagonist", as Tori Amos describes the character she plays here, is "a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship". During the course of a single eventful night, she experiences "an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself" - apparently "allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter".
Phew indeed! That Amos recently furnished her personal website with a 1,300-word track-by-track explanation is telling. As is the fact she's recruited her 10-year-old daughter to play a shape-shifting character called Anabelle who appears before Amos - sorry, "the protagonist" - as both a fox and a goose.
Night of Hunters is Amos' 12th studio album, but her first for prestigious German classical label Deutsche Grammophon and, not coincidentally, her first exclusively acoustic effort. This serial self-producer utilises a string quartet for drama, and sundry woodwind instruments to provide otherworldliness, but the album's musical core is the singer and her piano. Nearly two decades after Little Earthquakes, Amos' voice remains uncommonly evocative - and as strangely ageless as her face on the Night of Hunters album cover.
At first, her "21st century song cycle" seems as dense and impenetrable as an overgrown garden. However, after several listens, the narrative starts to take shape and moments of musical mastery emerge. Shattering Sea opens proceedings in tense, dramatic fashion; Job's Coffin is as gothically pretty as a vamp girl from the Twilight films; and Your Ghost - on which "the protagonist" dreams about wedding her partner's spirit - houses a lovely, almost hymnal melody.
There's also the odd lyrical refrain that really lingers: "Every couple has their version of what they call the truth," Amos repeats intriguingly on Cactus Practice - a song that's more haunting than its gimmicky title would seem to permit.
But whether you're inclined to invest the time that Night of Hunters requires, of course, will depend on how you perceive its conceit - is this Amos' most ambitious project yet, or just another exercise in creative self-indulgence? Either way, if you're no fan of the fey and fantastical, you're best off fleeing. Still interested? Well, hard work it may be, but it's not without its rewards.
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Top Customer Reviews
Many people are saying that this album is a "return to form" and comparing it to the first three albums, "Under The Pink" in particular. I've been listening to "Night of Hunters" for a few days now - I resisted the urge to write a review after the first listen, I think it's better to let the album sink in a bit first...
So, is this album the much anticipated "return to form"? My answer would be yes and no. The instrumentation, like the first three albums, is absolute perfection. Even though there are no guitars, drums, or percussive instruments (other than piano of course) the album is rich and full in sound (please don't let the acoustic label put you off). The atmosphere Tori has created is intense, moody, and very dark, which, I believe is a return to form in a way. The piano is finally back and she's playing it in a way I've been wanting to hear again for a long time. Just listen to 4:06 into "Star Whisperer", or 2:44 into "Edge of the Moon" and you'll see exactly why people are comparing this album to "Under The Pink". With this album, Tori has decided not to allow the vocals to suffocate the songs - we are frequently treated to a few minutes of no vocals, just the piano, strings and other instruments swirling around and creating a magical and enchanting atmosphere (which is also a characteristic shared with "Under The Pink").Read more ›
On the plus side, Tori's wonderful piano playing, which seemed in the background on her last album, is back to the fore. I also think her voice sounds better than it has in years, and the classical arrangements and musicians work well. The opening and closing tracks are the standouts: Shattering Sea is wonderfully powerful and dramatic while Carry is simply beautiful. On repeated listens Edge of the Moon, Fearlessness and Night of Hunters really come into their own.
However in some songs the cryptic (to me anyway) lyrics of the "song cycle" don't match the beautiful music. Battle of Trees goes on for about 8 minutes without really going anywhere, and feels a lot longer. Cactus Practice is a sweet tune, but again the odd words seem to jar. As a long time Tori fan I am used to her unique and often beautiful lyrics, but while these seemed to fit and add to the atmosphere on an album like Boys for Pele, here sometimes they make it harder to really connect with the tracks. While Tori's daughter can clearly sing and has an interesting voice, the duets don't really work for me.
It is definitely an album that needs repeated listens to be fully appreciated. I admire the uniqueness and ambition but it doesn't always fulfil its potential. I believe there is a great classical album in Tori Amos, but this isn't quite it.
I do just have to get this off my chest. Why does every album have to be compared to little earthquakes. Don't get me wrong it is an amazing album and it was the voice for me 20 years ago and I know I'm not the only one, not by a long way. But for crying out loud, it was 20 years ago! I was a very different person then, 18 years old full of hopes and dreams and pain and despair and lust and all the other emotions that tori managed to voice for us all. But just as I am 20 years older, so is tori so why should every new album be the new little earthquakes! Please let it go, celebrate the past of course, but also embrace the present and the future.
I was a fan a few years ago but kind of moved away, but decided to give this a listen as I was intrigued by the reviews and the unusual (at least in my opinion) approach that seemed to have been taken with this album.
It literally took me one listen and I was completely hooked.
I find this a total delight from the first note to the last. What a wonderful, uplifting piece of work this is.
Fabulous musicianship, tremendous melodies and structures. I actually got the Sin Palabras version too, but that's not to say the vocals from Tori and her niece and daughter aren't enchanting.
You probably guessed I completely love this :) If you like Tori Amos get it now, if you're not sure, get it anyway and prepare to become a fan!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are even slightly a fan of this artist, you must have this album.
It might be her best work.
It is so well produced that the only word I can use is stunning. Read more
Love Tori Amos and her talent. Unlikely we'll see anything like 'Little Earthquakes" or "Under the Pink" again though with their individual stand-out songs.Published 8 months ago by Nikki M
I've been postponing the purchase of this album and hesitating to give it a listen for a very long time, and I couldn't be more sorry. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ivana Pamukovic
This is a great album i throughly reccommend it. Tori is acompanied by a string quartet fos a slightly different sound. Excellent album.Published on 13 Nov. 2013 by Mike1865
I suppose you need to appreciate this artist to enjoy this album, I love it but my wife hates it. Give it a chance and it will grow on youPublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Ricky Walker
Disappointing to say the least! The first time I have ever considered a CD to be pretentious crap and a complete "dude". Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by David