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Night of Hunters [CD]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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Tori Amos has an extraordinary fan base. It’s not unusual to hear her listeners explain how a song changed their life, through its ability to alter perspective and heal. Or even that a song might have saved their life. Since the release of her debut Little Earthquakes 20 years ago in 1992, where she smashed apart boundaries with her piano rock and raw, confessional poetry, Amos continues ... Read more in Amazon's Tori Amos Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B005182374
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shattering Sea
2. SnowBlind
3. Battle of Trees
4. Fearlessness
5. Star Whisperer
6. Job's Coffin
7. Nautical Twilight
8. Your Ghost
9. Edge of the Moon
10. The Chase
11. Night of Hunters
12. Seven Sisters
13. Carry

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BBC Review

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.

--Nick Levine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice music without the singing 24 Jan 2013
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It comes as no surprise to me that Tori has released a version of this album which is just instrumental. I don't understand the rave reviews for this album - apart from a couple of tracks I couldn't say that I like it - and I tried, come to think of it I have been trying with Tori for a few years now. Probably Scarlet's Walk was the last album that was really any good. But never mind, there are always elements of greatness - these definitely do not include her daughter's singing as far as I am concerned. So back to the singing - it just doesn't work. Tori has in the past constructed the music to fit her lyrics and turning this on its head is just a bad idea. It feels uncomfortable, clunky and contrived.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I'll start by saying that I'm one of those people that thinks "Little Earthquakes", "Under The Pink" and "Boys For Pele" (her first three albums) are Tori's best albums. Even though the albums released after them are all beautiful in their own way, I don't believe any of them had the same level of passion, intensity, and beauty of those first three albums...

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").
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I seem to be in the minority here. I was really looking forward to a classically inspired release from Tori Amos, but while you can't argue with the ambition behind this album, like her last few it is a bit of a mixed bag.
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 20 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
Will all the rubbish you hear these days, I thought I'd revisit Tori Amos.
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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, powerful, wow! 19 Sep 2012
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Wow, I nearly missed this one, and boy am I glad I didn't. I was chatting to a friend a couple of weeks ago about tori's earlier albums and realised I missed quite a few so I popped on to amazon and topped up my collection. The others haven't had a look in, I just can't get enough of this album. I'm not really into classical music but this is classical tori style, full of passion and beauty. The production is fantastic and the other musicians really compliment tori and her piano without detracting from it. It has a great flow. Even the tracks which should annoy me work in the greater scheme of things. I was very worried about having her daughter on the album as it usually is abit embarrassing when artists do it, but her voice is wonderful and has a maturity far beyond her (at the time) 11years. They work really well together and I'll be interested to hear her in a few years time. It is a brilliant album, give it a couple of listens and let it take over.
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.
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Published 1 month ago by Craig and Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars I am going to enjoy this for a very long time
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Ivana Pamukovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori amos with a string quartet.
This is a great album i throughly reccommend it. Tori is acompanied by a string quartet fos a slightly different sound. Excellent album.
Published 10 months ago by Mike1865
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different and great album
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 you
Published 10 months ago by Ricky Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the CD before you buy!
Disappointing to say the least! The first time I have ever considered a CD to be pretentious crap and a complete "dude". Read more
Published 10 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it in the family
Tori returns to her classical roots to adapt existing pieces. The storyline of the album is about a woman in marital difficulty, who goes on a journey of discovery. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sistermoon
5.0 out of 5 stars tori is a musical genius
This cd is beautiful, it really reminds me of her earlier work, I am not going to waffle but it is worth 5 pounds of anybodys money it is brilliant, I love her she is a legend,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. C. Chalfont
4.0 out of 5 stars Restrained passion
I bought this album on a whim due to the fact that it was recommended by Neil Gaiman who is a friend of Tori's and a fan. I am glad that I did. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by V. M. Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
Brilliant album. Two plays in and I realised that this is one of her best. Actually it could well be her best album yet!
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Richard Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars her best in a decade:)
tori best and most interesting release for around 10 years , show a vast amount of skill on the piano , using a song cycle and featuring her daughter tash .
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by fall341
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