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To Venus & Back
Tori Amos
To Venus & Back
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2

No Description Available. Genre: Popular Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 21-SEP-1999


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All Artists: Tori Amos
Title: To Venus & Back
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/21/1999
Release Date: 9/21/1999
Album Type: Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Singer-Songwriters, Vocal Pop, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 075678323027, 756783242228, 075678324222


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No Description Available.
Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 21-SEP-1999

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It's good and it's great.
Lord Chimp | Monkey World | 03/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tori Amos' studio work on this 2CD set is somewhat polarizing. With From The Choirgirl Hotel, Tori fleshed out her sound by adding denser arrangements with the rest of her band. To Venus And Back, she sticks with this formula but meets with less success. Some of the songs feel overproduced, which handicaps the level of intimacy usually associated with her music. With Choirgirl this worked, but here the results are iffy. Tori doesn't cut loose with her voice as much, there's way less piano balladry, and some of the songs are a little flat. However, the album does have its share of highlights. The ethereal, dreamy "Datura" is wonderfully enigmatic. It's to her credit that Tori somehow manages emotional expression with a fairly detached voice. Also, "Concertina," "1000 Oceans," "Bliss," and the provocative "Lust" are almost as good as anything she's ever put to record, I think. My problem is that sometimes she waxes the techno sound a bit too much.The live album included is incredible. I've never seen her live, and I'll take for granted that this album is no replacement, but it's great for a live recording. It's full of revelatory moments as Tori radically rearranges many of her songs and boosts the energy level. For some reason, I've never liked a live album on my first listen, but this is my one exception. The haunting "Bells For Her" is entirely different on a piano that isn't all wacky. I don't know where "Cooling" comes from, but it's an incredible showcase of Tori at her best: an emotionally intense piano ballad with utterly beautiful vocals. The violent "The Waitress" is extended by six or seven minutes, and it totally rocks. Overall, the setlist (you can see it above) is basically perfect, and Tori's onstage charisma is remarkable.With a 4 stars for the studio work, and 5 stars for the awesome live album, things average out to a 4.5. But since Tori rules the universe, I'll round up to a 5-star (although I usually round down)."
Tori Amos is a serious talent ! Incredible songwriter.
Darren Burton | Ogden, Utah United States | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This double CD features a studio disc with a live album. The studio disc has all new music - it is an excellent album, and the live album really reflects what a Tori Amos concert is like. I have seen Tori Amos in concert and it is a great experience. Tori has an beautiful voice - she can do anything with her voice, sing like an angel, howl like an animal caught in a steel trap, or have the raw edge of the hardest heavy metal band. Combine this with fragmented images of feelings, things, and places in the lyrics that wouldn't normally seem to go together, like Jim Morrison did on The Doors albums; and you get a hypnotic, hallucinatory effect that pulls you in.

Tori Amos writes all her music and lyrics - and her music is absolutely amazing and unlike anything else out there. Her piano playing is beautiful - check out the song "Lust" on the first CD -and can easily hold it's own with any classical music pianist.

I love the songs "Bliss", "Lust", "Riot Poof", and "Spring Haze" on the studio album. The live album is full of the most popular songs off of Tori's first three albums."
Best way yet to experience Tori
Serge | North Brunswick, NJ USA | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This release is so well done, it makes you wonder why others don't dare to combine a full studio disc with a live album. Probably because replicating the quality of this album would be hard to do. Tori continues to expand her music on the first CD (the studio one), with such stunningly beautiful songs as Juarez, its slow soundscape and Tori's hypnotic vocals almost masking the terror of the subject matter. Classic Tori stylings are of course still there, on songs like 1000 oceans, while dipping into a bit of electronica produced the haunting Bliss and the louder faster Suede. What started off as just a couple of B sides to be added to the live album developed into a full album fully deserving of the praise given here.The second CD finally captures the aural side of the live Tori experience, mixing fan favorites like Precious Things, Cornflake Girl with B-side favorites like Sugar, fun songs like Mr. Zebra, and even the unexpected epic that Waitress was turned into. The setlist does a good job of capturing the various moods of the concert, as well as showcasing the metamorphisis that Tori's songs go through on stage. If you are even a casual fan of Tori, listening to this disc will confince you to go to a show.Tori has simply spoiled her fans with this release, so it is no wonder her fanatical following grow ever stronger - she deserves it. This is unquestionably one of the top releases of the year, even if it was, outside of Tori photo shoots in the music magazines, largely ignored by the industry."