Liking the idea of a Tori b-sides poll, especially the part about having to listen to a bunch of them again to make up my mind. If I had to pick without time to review, though, it's be "Sweet Dreams", with "Take to the Sky", "Upside Down", "Sugar" and "Flying Dutchman" close behind.
― glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 7 February 2010 00:53 (ten years ago) link
always loved this, i guess v close second to choirgirl as my favorite of her albums? or my favorite, sometimes. i'm certain she's said 'honey' was supposed to be on the album and got kicked off at the very last minute, and she regrets that. i would've voted for that one, i think!
anyway, 'pretty good year.'
― kicker conspiracy (b. favre ha ha) (daria-g), Sunday, 7 February 2010 01:42 (ten years ago) link
I will say this for "The Wrong Band" - it's a great example of that sense of generosity I was describing upthread. The way at the end it subsides into the "instead of just leaving..." bit and then rises again to the (totally new) "she says it's time I opened my eyes / don't be afraid to open your eyes / maybe she's right, maybe she's right / maybe she's right, maybe she's right." Which is just this totally triumphant (but about what???) storm-the-barricades climax for a song that seems mostly joking.
― Tim F, Sunday, 7 February 2010 05:09 (ten years ago) link
honey = siren = here in my head > bachelorette > sister janet = purple people (christmas in space) = upside down > alamo > daisy dead petals = mountain >> the rest
("sugar" is terrific but it's the version on TVAB that i prefer)
(excluding covers - of non-SLG covers i guess i'd pick out "do it again", "landslide", "i'm on fire" and "angie")
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 10:26 (ten years ago) link
The first half suffers wildly from this quiet-loud-quiet sequencing which I've heard explained as "the style at the time,"
i didn't know it was a trend at the time! explains a lot.
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 10:29 (ten years ago) link
Oh yeah I forgot about "Bachelorette" and esp. "Purple People"! I don't actually have "Siren" at the mo. What is "Mountain"?
― Tim F, Sunday, 7 February 2010 11:29 (ten years ago) link
"mountain" is the song that was only available on the website you could only access with the scarlet's walk cd. i never did bother checking the site out! it's better than half the album, lol.
"siren"! http://www.sendspace.com/file/mxrt8q everyone should d/l it, what an incredible song.
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 11:39 (ten years ago) link
Lex did you ever hear her "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?
― Tim F, Sunday, 7 February 2010 11:56 (ten years ago) link
yes! i really like it, even though i have basically no time for the original.
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 12:03 (ten years ago) link
Ha i thought so!
My favourite cover though is "A Case Of You" I think - not flashy, but she gets it so intuitively right, right down to the tiniest nuances of phrasing, like the way she sings "you said, 'I am as contant as a northern star', and I said..." ever so slightly slower than the original, such that instead of Joni's suggestion of defensiveness it comes across as some kind of declamation - and then she sings "constantly in the darkness" with this perfect wry chuckle at the back of her throat.
People tend to underestimate and/or forget to draw attention to the subtlety of vocal performance at work.
― Tim F, Sunday, 7 February 2010 12:12 (ten years ago) link
that's one i'm not sure i've ever heard!
yeah, she's a great interpretative artist - cf her conscious springsteen imitation on "i'm on fire" which highlights how the song is a pose, without losing any of its emotion. and i guess we'll cross the strange little girls bridge when we come to it...
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 12:26 (ten years ago) link
Lex, "A Case Of You":
― Tim F, Sunday, 7 February 2010 13:03 (ten years ago) link
thx tim. i love the liberties she takes with original tracks, and how she frames them as perfectly natural - here, when she gasps "my blood - my holy wine - you taste so bitter and so sweet", revelling in the addiction where joni maintains at least a slight air of detachment.
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 18:47 (ten years ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Monday, 8 February 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link
Cornflake Girl 1
"cloud on my tongue" got jobbed but this had the correct winner.
― لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 8 February 2010 00:11 (ten years ago) link
Cornflake Girl 1
This was me.
― I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 8 February 2010 14:46 (ten years ago) link
goddamn am I bummed I missed this. i'm with anagram -- this is her strongest record top-to-bottom. can't understand at all how this could disappoint after Little Earthquakes other than maybe there's nothing as singl-y as "Silent All These Years" and "Crucify"?
I probably would have voted "Yes, Anastasia," and I'm happy to discover that everyone loves "Pretty Good Year" and "God" as much as I do, but "Past The Mission" and "Cloud On My Tongue" definitely got a raw deal here. Dunno tho... I think the only track I couldn't see myself voting for would be "Bells for Her"...
― all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Sunday, 18 April 2010 04:21 (ten years ago) link
one vote for cornflake girl is pretty lol
― Ross, Monday, 27 August 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link
This album is amazing, can't believe I slept on it so long. She covers a lot of ground but executes it all so well - I don't think there's a weak track here.
"The Waitress" reminds me a lot of 90s Nine Inch Nails and would have come out around the time of Downward Spiral, to the point where I thought maybe he had influenced her or vice versa. I couldn't find anything where she talked about it, but in the process discovered Reznor sang backup vocals on "Past the Mission"! Neat little coincidence
― Vinnie, Monday, 7 October 2019 12:11 (eight months ago) link