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Old 09-27-2009, 08:46 PM   #196
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I'm pretty sure there is a second US leg added, solo dates in december, I think?

I'm so excited for November!!
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:32 AM   #197
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I'm pretty sure there is a second US leg added, solo dates in december, I think?
Really? I haven't been following tour rumours or news lately but I swear I heard she was only doing the one US leg near the end of the first one. I could be wrong though or things changed. Hopefully she will.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:22 PM   #198
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I'm sure I saw them listed on her official site, perhaps not. maybe it was a rumour on toriphorums.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:13 AM   #199
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It was ToriPhorums.

Its only a rumour that someone was told at a meet and greet.....take it with a grain of salt probably.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:06 PM   #200
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Apparently , Midwinter Graces has leaked!
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:46 PM   #201
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So Midwinter Graces is out today. Anyone planning to pick it up? If it's all holiday stuff, I'm not so sure I'll get it. But if it's just wintry songs with the occasional Christmas carol, maybe I will.

Also, I heard Lady in Blue from AATS on shuffle the other day. It sounded really great without having to listen to the entire album first. Not that the album is horrible, but by the end, that song was getting lost for me.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:05 PM   #202
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Popmatters gave it a glowing review yesterday:

Tori Amos: Midwinter Graces < Reviews | PopMatters

A few items of note from their review:

Whenever an artist releases a Christmas album, it is understandably received with more than a bit of trepidation. Will it be a diluted version of that artist’s talent buried under tinsel and sentimentality? Will a rock star suddenly sound like a Jesus freak in the spirit of the holiday season?

Those fears—and more—were certainly in effect upon first listen to Tori Amos’ Midwinter Graces. Imagine, then, the surprise to find that a holiday album is Amos’ best work in years. For some reason, it took a holiday album for her to transcend the pitfalls that have marked her last few albums—releasing over-long albums with uneven song quality and splotchy production has been a familiar refrain with critics and fans of her work alike. But Midwinter Graces is 12 tracks long, a perfect length, and most of the production is spot-on. Gone is the dreaded AutoTune that botched some of the songs on Amos’ last original album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Gone, for the most part, are the overly-layered backing vocals that cluttered the sonic landscapes of many a song on Amos’ past four releases.

Ultimately, only the biggest Scrooge or Amos cynic could fail to be moved by such an album, which is hopefully a harbinger of all things musical to come from Amos.


Having not been a huge fan of what she's been releasing for some time, I was really impressed by the description in this review. I'll probably pick it up.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #203
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One thing I dislike more than the holidays is holiday music.

So I will pass on this.

But it reminds me, HG, I wanted to tell you that after sitting behind the artist Cindy Sherman at the David Byrne show last spring (she's his girlfriend but very famous in her own right) it occurred to me that Tori dressing up in outfits and posing in different characters might be either a blatant ripoff of, or genuine homage to, Sherman's work. Google her and you'll see what I mean. Maybe this has already come up at some point but it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks that night.

Edit: after reading that review maybe I'll reconsider...
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Seeing Tori today! And tomorrow!
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Seeing Tori today! And tomorrow!
She's still on tour?! I wish she'd come back around this way. I had too much going on last spring. Enjoy the shows and tell us all about it!
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One thing I dislike more than the holidays is holiday music.
More for the rest of us, then.

I had no interest in buying AATS, but I want to pick up this new one.
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Okay, I googled Cindy Sherman, and I definitely see what you're talking about. If you look at it from that angle, the Dolls (and Strange Little Girls, I think) take on a whole new meaning. Hmm...

Can I just admit that the reason I want to buy Midwinter Graces is that there's a song on there called "Pink and Glitter"? The title "Jeanette, Isabella" also intrigues me. These two, I must hear.

Edit to add:

Found this part of a review over at amazon. Whoa.

"The best track on the whole album, and my favorite, was "Pink and Glitter". While a slightly disarming title, the sudden entrance of the brass and the great big-band sound lend this piece a lot of "glitter". I highly suggest snuggling up to your lover with this, maybe on New Year's Eve, or maybe just by a fire....you get the idea. Tori's jazz vocals make a comeback, and are rarely drowned out by the brass, so the blend seems all right. This is one of the two highly publicized tracks, but this one is well deserved."
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One thing I dislike more than the holidays is holiday music.
I thought you were a fan of Sufjan's Christmas stuff, am I confusing you with someone else?

I like a surprisingly large amount of holiday music by done by artists I'm also a fan of (probably the fact that I usually only end up hearing the songs a few times year in December helps it all to not get too old), but a lot of it can certainly be blah and uninspiring. It also goes without saying that a lot of religious classics can understandably be off putting for some as well. It at least sounds like this album may not suffer from those issues, or at least that one reviewer didn't think it did.
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Can I just admit that the reason I want to buy Midwinter Graces is that there's a song on there called "Pink and Glitter"? The title "Jeanette, Isabella" also intrigues me. These two, I must hear.
HG, my friend is a HUGE Tori fan and his favorite track off the new album is 'Pink and Glitter'. So I think your curiosity has served you well in this instance.
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