Under the Pink

Under the Pink

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by Tori Amos
     
 

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Tori Amos'second full-length solo effort has often been considered a transitional album, a building on the success of Little Earthquakes that enabled her to pursue increasingly more adventurous releases in later years. As such, it has been unfairly neglected when in fact it has as good a claim as any to be one of theSee more details below

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Tori Amos'second full-length solo effort has often been considered a transitional album, a building on the success of Little Earthquakes that enabled her to pursue increasingly more adventurous releases in later years. As such, it has been unfairly neglected when in fact it has as good a claim as any to be one of the strongest, and maybe even the strongest, record she has put out. Able to appeal to a mass audience without being shoehorned into the incipient "adult album alternative" format that sprang to life in the mid-1990s, Amos combines some of her strongest melodies and lyrics with especially haunting and powerful arrangements to create an artistic success that stands on its own two feet. The best-known tracks are the two contemporaneous singles "God," a wicked critique of the deity armed with a stiff, heavy funk-rock arrangement, and "Cornflake Girl," a waltz-paced number with an unnerving whistle and stuttering vocal hook. While both memorable, they're actually among the weaker tracks when compared to some of the great numbers elsewhere on Under the Pink (other numbers that more openly misfire are "The Waitress," a strident and slightly bizarre rant at such a figure, and "Yes, Anastasia," which starts off nicely but runs a little too long). Opening number "Pretty Good Year" captures nostalgia and drama perfectly, a simple piano with light strings suddenly exploding into full orchestration before calming again. "Bells for Her" and "Icicle" both showcase what Amos can do with prepared piano, and "Past the Mission," with Trent Reznor guesting on gentle, affecting backing vocals, shifts between loping country and a beautifully arranged chorus. The secret winner, though, would have to be "Baker Baker," just Amos and piano, detailing the story of a departed love and working its cooking metaphor in just the right way.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678256721
catalogNumber:
82567
Rank:
91701

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Michael Allen Harrison   Violin
John Acevedo   Viola
Steve Caton   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Ezra Killinger   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Carlo Nuccio   Drums
George Porter   Bass
Chris Reutinger   Violin
Trent Reznor   Vocals
Jimbo Ross   Viola
Nancy Stein-Ross   Cello
John Philip Shenale   Strings,Hammond Organ
Francine Walsh   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Nancy Roth   Violin

Technical Credits

Tori Amos   Producer
John Beverly Jones   Engineer
Paul McKenna   Producer,Engineer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Producer,Engineer
Cindy Palmano   Art Direction

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