From the latest SF Weekly:
An interview with Tori Amos: Over her long and storied career, Tori Amos has worn as many faces as musical styles. After all this time, the core of her multi-instrumental, narrative-driven style persists on her latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
Amos' Geraldines are the everywoman, and according to Amos, they've no need to apologize for their thoughts, changing, or aging. Though Amos' music is known for its wide dynamic range, she notes that Geraldines focuses on bringing out the fullest mid-range possible. This foray succeeds as much or more as her experiments with a fully plugged-in band (From the Choirgirl Hotel) and the downright abstract (Strange Little Girls).
Standout tracks, such as "The Maids of Elfen-Mere" and "Trouble's Lament," reveal a hitherto unseen fey and almost flamenco flavor, and Amos' dialogue with the world feels more direct and less metaphorical than ever. Listeners might not hear a completely new voice from Tori, but they will hear her in her most naked form. They will hear the Tori who is looking back on her own life, Tori composing alone, and even Tori having a private conversation with her daughter.... [continue reading]
Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music
And we recommend shows!