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Gold Dust (Deluxe Version)
 
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Gold Dust (Deluxe Version)

10 Nov. 2015 | Format: MP3

£10.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Video: Flavor
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Video: Gold Dust
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Video: Behind The Scenes Of Flavor
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Digital Booklet: Gold Dust
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 10 Nov. 2015
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
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  • Total Length: 1:15:41
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  • ASIN: B009B37FGO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,229 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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There are no new tracks on this album - they are all remakes of songs from Tori's previous albums, and frankly, most of the originals sounded better (songs such as Cloud on My Tongue, Winter and Snow Cherries from France already had classical scores to them, and I just found them more emotionally powerful the first time around)
I did go and see Tori live this month when she was touring in London with the Metropole orchestra, and it was a beautiful concert - Tori's voice was very clear, and the strings complimented her vocals and piano playing perfectly. The songs sounded much better live than they do on this record, because in concert, the orchestra gave unique intros to each song, and there were lots of dramatic little pauses. Unfortunately, this album doesn't quite match up to the live show, and I would rather have bought a live recording of the concert.

That's not to say that Gold Dust is a bad record at all, just that if you've been following Tori for a long time, you might find that it doesn't quite meet up to expectations. But if you are relatively new to Tori's music, or you enjoy classical music in general and would like something a little alternative, then I would reccommend Gold Dust.

I'd say that the two major tracks that do stand out on this album are the first track Flavour, which sounds much more upbeat and more emotionally stirring than it did on Abnormally Attracted to Sin, and the final track Girl Disappearing, in which Tori puts much better pronunciation on the lyrics than she did in American Doll Posse. I find that the messages and stories behind both tracks come across so much better in their revamped forms on this record.
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From 1992's shattering "Little earthquakes" to 2011's haunting "Night of hunters", Tori Amos has certainly come a long way. Her compelling songwriting genius has produced countless moments to treasure. Celebrating 2 decades of recording, she decides to pay a visit to her back catalogue. She does not really need a reason for revisiting her own stuff whenever she pleases, but this anniversary calls for a special flashback. Never one to follow the usual tactics of most artists, even when it comes to rereleasing old material, she does it in her own unorthodox way. Thus, instead of gathering the obvious hits, she makes an unexpected selection of tracks to comprise this second career-retrospective release, one that serves more as a reminder of her idiosyncratic artistic persona rather than a typical greatest-hits package, very much like her first, 2003's "Tales of a librarian", did.

Drawing from 8 out of her 12 albums, Tori is entitled to her own cherry-picking, no matter how peculiar it seems. Being the mother of these babies, she is not afraid of giving birth once again to her girls-songs. She rerecords them with full orchestral backing (courtesy of the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra), and manages to offer new perspective to them, often even surpassing the tremendous strength of the early versions. Reworking her own repertoire is a challenging task, almost like an experiment, and so she has to be congratulated for some bold reinterpretations. For this same reason she needs to be forgiven for the occasional self-indulgence, or a feeling of laziness when she strips the raw power of the originals. Equally bold and unimaginative, "Dust" is an accessible and enjoyable record for newcomers and casual listeners alike.
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Bear with me please - my review really starts in the last paragraph, but after reading some reviews here and elsewhere I thought it would help to give some context as to where I stand before I give my review. Note that I bought the deluxe CD, which has a bonus DVD with videos for Flavor and Gold Dust and is designed like a small book, but the reviews seem to be pooled together so I'll stick to the CD review.

There is often a big gulf between various groups of people who review Tori Amos albums. There is the group who may not have heard or liked anything since Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, and always seem surprised that Tori's style of music has changed as she's aged. There is the group who love everything without being critical. And there is the group who keep resurfacing to criticise Tori for not being as good as she used to be, whilst nevertheless continuing to buy every one of her albums. There are the haters who like to pose as outraged fans to elicit a reaction (don't say there aren't any, I actually know someone like that). And, of course, there is every shade in-between.

It's people's choice whether or not to buy an album of songs that have been reworked in a certain way, be it orchestral, remix or acoustic - or even a best of - so people who use the words "rip-off" I feel have already undermined their own arguments. I think a small part of this currently comes from people who are understandably annoyed that two bonus tracks are only available if you buy the whole album again from different sources. Record companies should feel ashamed by that sort of tactic.

As for me, I've loved all of Tori's albums and always listen to new work with an open mind.
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