Tori Amos really is out on her own. Bursting onto the scene in '92 with one of the most ground-breaking and compelling debut albums of all time , she brought sex to the piano and gun point rape to the charts. The following album included her biggest radio and chart hit, Cornflake Girl, which had the masses huming along to daytime radio and asking themselves "what on earth is she singing about". Tori's fanbase is wide and extremely loyal, the numerous website message boards are an ultimate shrine, her live shows display her followers writhing around like they are in the presence of actual religious revelation! I've been a fan from the start! We are now seven albums into her career when "Tales Of A Librarian" comes along. She's had a record label change in the last couple of years and you can't help but wonder if this new arrival screams of contractual obligations rather than art! Although does true art ever really exist in corporate companies? There is a good chunk or material to the CD, although it isn't a straight forward "hits" or "singles" collection, a lot of the obvious singles are not here. However, it's stunning body of work is nothing short of moving and is a true testimond to the lady's outstanding talent. Some songs have been given a new injection of juts, others stand alone as timeless mini masterpieces. I really enjoyed it but somehow wonder if a real Tori fan would be better off compiling their own "Tales" - like i did a few years ago! If you're new to Tori i recommend you buy "Little Earthquakes" instead.
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