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1. Throw the dusters away!
on 28 October 2012
Tori Amos' compelling songwriting has produced countless moments to treasure during her 20-year solo career. It is, also, a fact that, from 1992's shattering "Little earthquakes" to 2011's haunting "Night of hunters", she has come a long way. 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 pattern of most artists 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. 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 surpassing the tremendous strength of the early versions. Reworking her own repertoire is a challenging task, and so she has to be congratulated for some bold reinterpretations. For this same reason she can be forgiven for the occasional self-indulgence that strips the raw power of the originals. Bold and imaginative for its better part, "Gold dust" is an accessible and enjoyable record. Special edition comes as a hardcover 32-page mini-book, with a DVD of a performance clip and the music video of "Flavor", and behind the scenes footage about the record. New arrangements, new vocals, new old, new gold.