From the Choirgirl Hotel

From the Choirgirl Hotel

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by Tori Amos
     
 
Shortly before she began work on From the Choirgirl Hotel, Tori Amos suffered a miscarriage. While she was recording the album, she married her long-term boyfriend. As expected, both events cryptically wind their way into the album, which arguably has Amos' most personal lyrics since Little Earthquakes. The surprise is

Overview

Shortly before she began work on From the Choirgirl Hotel, Tori Amos suffered a miscarriage. While she was recording the album, she married her long-term boyfriend. As expected, both events cryptically wind their way into the album, which arguably has Amos' most personal lyrics since Little Earthquakes. The surprise is, From the Choirgirl Hotel is considerably more accessible than its immediate predecessor, Boys for Pele. Tori has opened up her sound by working live with a full band, bringing an immediacy to her sound that has never been heard before. Added to that are samples and drum loops, ballads supported by eerie, sweeping strings and heavy guitars -- everything she played with on Pele has come to fruition here. All the while, she's kept the perversely cryptic, convoluted lyrics that have always marked her work, yet the lines that connect have more power and savage wit than ever. Besides, Amos' songs have an interior logic of their own. Until now, it seemed that she could only deliver them on her own, supported by her piano, a guitar, or strings. With From the Choirgirl Hotel, she proves that with a little aural experimentation and muscle, she's as potent and powerful as any modern rock artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678309526
catalogNumber:
83095
Rank:
126470

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Mellophonium,Vocals,kurzweil
Steve Caton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Porter   Bass
Willy Porter   Guitar
David Firman   Conductor
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Stuart Boyle   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tori Amos   Producer
John Philip Shenale   String Arrangements
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Contributor
Mark Hawley   Engineer,Contributor
Marcel VanLimbeek   Engineer
Katerina Jebb   Cover Image
Andy Gray   Programming

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From the Choirgirl Hotel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If 1996¿s Boys For Pele served as a sporadically successful effort at cleansing exorcism, then the comparatively unquirky From the Choirgirl Hotel is Tori Amos¿ attempt to check back in to the Raisin Girl Zeitgeist. Supplementing her siren-song sound with a tight, traditionally-arrayed backing band, Choirgirl finds Amos reigning in some of her more hysterically esoteric instincts while still straddling the stylistic extremes of ¿Raspberry Swirl¿ ¿ a deliciously throbbing romp reeking of damply enjoined genitalia ¿ and ¿Northern Lad¿ ¿ a bittersweet ballad evoking some of the same ache that Joni Mitchell mined in ¿A Case of You.¿ In ¿Lad,¿ Amos also seems to acknowledge ¿ if not entirely apologize for ¿ her preceding release¿s often mystifying minimalism: ¿Girls, you¿ve got to know/When it¿s time to turn the page¿/I guess you go too far/When pianos try to be guitars.¿ All things considered, this is a refreshingly hefty addition to the Amos catalogue (even if it never quite reaches the level of its distinguished sisters, Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori Amos' follow-up to her conceptually confused ''Boys For Pele'' is the wonderfully dark and brooding ''From the Choirgirl Hotel''. Amos is back in full form, and though the music is a bit more techno-deviated, her lyrics, passion and piano are all center stage. From the throbbing beat of ''Raspberry Swirl'' to the genuinely touching ''Playboy Mommy'', ''Choirgirl Hotel'' is one of Amos' best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lovly,lovly,lovly!this CD really rocks!this is the CD that brought me into the Tori cuture.if you like vocals and piono ,you'll love
Guest More than 1 year ago
well first of all i would like to state that besides Ani Difranco you cannot find a more emotional singer, 2nd of all~this is a fantastic album. it has everything that you want, slow and fast dancing songs. slow songs like jackies strength, fast songs like shes your cocaine and rasberry swirl. playboy mommy is a really emotional and good song, well basically it is all good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years, my mother has been a fan of Tori Amos. My dad and I, fans of rock, constantly mocked her for liking such weird music. But I have recently been listening to more experimental music. And after I stole this from my mother's collection, it has been held hostgae in my room for months. I love music with exceptional lyrics and this defintely qualifies. This album wraps you up in a warm, crazy blanket and keeps you company the whole way through. It holds you in way that is quite unexpected. Everything about this album is perfect. Buy it now!
wmorin76 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Tori's for years now and I've owned this album for years as well. For some reason, I feel compelled to review it now which I'll do in very simple terms. First of all, amazing record. Easily my favorite by her. Secondly, buy it. Enough said, the music speaks for itself.
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