83095-2 From The Choirgirl Hotel
Produced by Tori Amos
Released on May 5, 1998
US CHART POSTION #5 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #6
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K ronomyth 4.0: LAUD A TORI. In this, the Autumn of my indifference, there are few things that really capture my attention. I had heard Boys For Pele, thought it interesting in a sub-Bush/Mitchell sort of way, and was prepared to file Amos as a secondhand genius. That was, until I heard From The Choirgirl Hotel. This album holds its own with anything from Misses B and M, as each track casts its creator in a deeper, richer light. Admittedly, I would have been happy to consign Amos to the role of Bushclone, writing “Spark” over and over (much as I might have sentenced Bush to the Sisyphian task of singing “Suspended in Gaffa” ad infinitum). And so I kept searching the hotel for a second spark and, finding none, thought it a slight disappointment. Instead of meeting those expectations, Amos exceeds them by reinventing herself on every track: The strangely bottled and repressed “Cruel,” the deep personal chasms of the confessional evidenced on “Black Dove (January),” the amped-up house mix on “Raspberry Swirl.” Despite the costume changes, the songs on From The Choirgirl Hotel remain personal (personal growth, personal tragedy, etc.), which has led many to connect with Amos as an artist. And yet, for me, there’s still a barrier between singer and audience. Maybe it’s the way she twists her own words, turning “black dove” into “blind dove” for example, which suggests a sort of self-mutilation. She certainly isn’t afraid to take a knife to herself (“Playboy Mommy”) or others (“She’s Your Cocaine”) in order to get at the ugly underneath. How Amos has managed to turn all that ugliness into something as beautiful and affecting as From The Choirgirl Hotel may be her crowning achievement.

83095-2 gatefold sleeve
83095-2 gatefold sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SPARK
  2. CRUEL
  3. BLACK-DOVE (JANUARY)
  4. RASPBERRY SWIRL
  5. JACKIE'S STRENGTH
  6. I I E E E E
  7. LIQUID DIAMONDS
  8. SHE'S YOUR COCAINE
  9. NORTHERN LAD
  10. HOTEL
  11. PLAYBOY MOMMY
  12. PANDORA'S AQUARIUM
  13. (JPN CD bonus track:) PURPLE PEOPLE

    All songs written by Tori Amos

CREDITS

TORI AMOS -- Böse, Kurzweil, vocals, mallet piano, mellotron, sample guitar, carbon vox, mellotron flute, weird sounds, wave
STEVE CATON -- acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, Hank and the amazing Echo Plex, big Rrock
MATT CHAMBERLAIN -- drums, percussion, marimba, sillies
Stewart Boyle -- guitar (9)
David Firman -- conductor (5)
Andy Gray -- programming
Justin Meldal-Johnsen -- bass
Al Perkins -- pedal steel (11)
George Porter Jr. -- bass
Willy Porter -- guitars (11)
John Philip Shenale -- string arranger (5)
The Sinfonia of London -- orchestra (5)
Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek -- engineer, mix
John Witherspoon -- project director
Michael Nash Associates -- artwork
Katerine Jebb -- cover image, inner photos
Martina Hoogland -- inner photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 5, 1998 Atlantic 2LP/CD 83095-1/2 lyric insert
UK 1998 EastWest 2LP/CD 83095-1/2 lyric sleeve
GER 1998 EastWest CS 83095-4  
JPN 1998 EastWest CDX AMCE-2636 w. bonus track
TAI 1998 Warner CD 83095-2  

 

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