For anyone who knows of Tori Amos, you will already know that she is one of the most innovative, mature and creative female artists of our time, and this collection is the proof. Along with two new songs, Angels and Snow Cherries From France, there are some of Tori's most loved tracks from her Atlantic recording period. The real highlights are the dark and theatrical Spark...perhaps one of Tori's most beautiful and emotionally charged songs to date, Bliss...showing a beautiful affair with electronica, Cornflake Girl...a classic upbeat track and Professional Widow...a raw, almost scary track. Tori has also revisited B-sides Mary and Sweet Dreams, and they sound the better for it, which is no easy task. Mary is a definate stand out and Sweet dreams showing that Tori can handle uplifting, upbeat songs as well as her slower, thoughtful ones.
The new tracks are more reminicent of her newer works, which is no bad thing by a long way, as they capture yet another side to this incredibly talented artists work, both of them are as beautiful and sensitive as one would expect from Tori, Angels being a new masterpiece and will surely be hailed as a classic before long.
Tori has so many important and poignant songs, that it is virtually impossible to narrow them down to a twenty track collection, there are certain tracks that perhaps should have been included here that are not present, but the selected tracks all stand their own ground, and this collection out shines most other contemporary artists 'best ofs'.
An excellent collection, that should be a must for any serious record collector.