From the Choirgirl Hotel

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678309526
  • Catalog Number: 83095
  • Sales rank: 74,809

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spark (4:13)
  2. 2 Cruel (4:07)
  3. 3 Black-Dove (January) (4:38)
  4. 4 Raspberry Swirl (3:58)
  5. 5 Jackie's Strength (4:26)
  6. 6 Iieee (4:07)
  7. 7 Liquid Diamonds (6:21)
  8. 8 She's Your Cocaine (3:42)
  9. 9 Northern Lad (4:19)
  10. 10 Hotel (5:19)
  11. 11 Playboy Mommy (4:08)
  12. 12 Pandora's Aquarium (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tori Amos Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Mellophonium, Vocals, kurzweil
Steve Caton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Marimbas
Al Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar
George Porter Jr. Bass
Willy Porter Guitar
David Firman Conductor
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Stuart Boyle Guitar
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    From a guy

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting, Complex, Emotional and Beautiful

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent compared to strange little girls-great compared to little earthquakes

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yummy!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Checking Into The Choirgirl Hotel

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Boys to Girl

    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).

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