Genre: piano-based adult alternative singer/songwriter
Pretty Good Year
Bells for Her
Past the Mission
The Wrong Band
Cloud on My Tongue
Singles/ Hit Songs:
Cornflake Girl (1/22/94) #4 UK, #12 MR
God (1/29/94) #72 US, #44 UK, #1 MR
Pretty Good Year (3/19/94) #7 UK
Past the Mission (5/28/94) #31 UK
Under the Pink
“After sharing personal and emotional accounts on her stunning debut, Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos stirs those sensations up for an eclectic yet beautiful account of female security on Under the Pink” (Wilson). This is “just one woman, her inner demons and a unique way of sitting astride the piano stool” (Blender).
Amos is “always in question of her actions, calling out and interrogating the opposite sex for her own pleasure. But it’s not necessarily with a scolding tone. She’s playful with her signature piano accompaniment, but allows for a twisted mess of guitars, violins, and bass loops, which are quite enigmatic like Kate Bush as well. Baker Baker and Bells for Her are aching with ballad-esque beauty, but the seething The Waitress sparks Amos’ inner devil. She’s quaint at first, but rages into a scalding vocal queen” (Wilson). “Jerry Springer was never this dark” (Blender). “It makes her even more a pioneer for female originality and independence” (Wilson).
“Singles such as God and Cornflake Girl are sultry and provocative, depicting that she’s everything but shy” (Wilson). Under the Pink is typically melodic, but it contains a heavy desire” (Wilson). These are “flame-haired torch songs from hell” (Blender) “with hidden teeth and sexy confessions whispered across her pillow” (Blender). “Amos is still breaking into something more definitive as both a woman and a singer/ songwriter. The lyrical imagery is much more wide open, something that will become Amos’ ever-changing swan song” (Wilson).
Blender Magazine’s 100 Greatest American Albums (10/08)