the POLL's in circles and circles and circles again: tori amos - 'under the pink' poll

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"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"! 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

two months pass...

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

eight years pass...

one vote for cornflake girl is pretty lol

Ross, Monday, 27 August 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

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 (nine months ago) link

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