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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 4)

Part four of the most "memorable" music of 1999 brings a superb sophomore turn from the Dixie Chicks while Garth Brooks goes kinda nuts. British rock stands proud with Muse, Gomez, and Supergrass and the schlocky, corporate rock of Creed rockets to the top of the US charts.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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Tori Amos' 'Boys for Pele': 20 Years of Fire

It’s been 20 years since Tori Amos slammed down the gauntlet and set her piano afire, willing and possibly eager to sacrifice anyone who spurned her to writhe in Pele’s eternal flames.

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The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

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The Interpreters: In Another Voice, Another Song

In reinterpreting the words and music of their male peers, songwriters like Tori Amos and Joan Baez create whole new works of art.

Robert Balkovich
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Tori Amos As a Jukebox: The 10 Songs Amos Should Cover

We've selected the top ten covers Tori Amos should consider performing on the US Leg of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour.

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Don't Call It a Comeback: Tori Amos on Her Elegant 'Unrepentant Geraldines'

In a year when '90s staples like Beck and Neneh Cherry are delivering records of substance, Amos is delivering yet another quiet storm. But is it in fact the "comeback" some want to make it?

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Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines (take 1)

Tori Amos returns with a mature and assured collection of tunes that may just be her best in more than a decade.

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Tori Amos: Gold Dust

Tori celebrates 20 years in the business with a fairly lacklustre reworking of old and new favourites recorded with the Metropole Orchestra

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Tori Amos - "Precious Things" (theme and variations)

The three performances featured below serve as striking evidence that Amos nurtures rather than neglects her songs as they age, each successive performance expanding on the mythology and narrative of the world she’s created.

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The Most Wanted Unreleased Tori Amos Music

Tori Amos gives PopMatters the exclusive scoop on where these some of her lost treasures are hidden.

Matt Mazur and Joe Vallese
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The Tori Amos Canon - Part 5: Curios

Today’s spotlight explores albums in Tori Amos’ repertoire that are arguably more divisive among listeners due to their unorthodox structures and diversity in production and sound. The essays that follow seek to unpack each of these records’ complexities with careful consideration of Amos’ and her collaborators’ intentions and both popular and critical reception of the works.

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On Tori’s Past -- and Next: 20 Years Surviving the Music Industry

Tori Amos has always worked to create music that fits her own instinctive sense of what popular music should sound like. And via the brain of a piano prodigy with the compositional impulses of Bach, the rock sensibilities of Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury, the confessional courage of Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, and the tinkering tendencies of Thom Yorke and, yes, Kate Bush.

Joe Vallese
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Tori Amos - "Evolution of a Song: “Pancake” (theme and variations)

Tori again re-invented “Pancake” as a full-on rock song, complete with an assertive electric guitar layer added to an even more amped up original trio arrangement for piano, bass and drums.

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The Top 10 Favorite Tori Amos Style Moments

Tori Amos: "Before we did the arenas in 1998, we were doing small clubs and Husband said to me, 'Why don’t you just wear jeans and a tee shirt? Why not? You’re in clubs.'" Big mistake

Matt Mazur and Joe Vallese
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Reflections on Tori Amos and the Feminist Movement

There’s breathing room in being a 33-year-old feminist Tori-lover. Feminism isn’t so black and white to me now as it was back then. I don’t know what choices Tori made with regards to feminism, I don’t know if she calls herself one now, or if her daughter does.

Morgan Baden
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The Tori Amos Canon - Part 4: Companions

The next best thing to listening to a Tori album? Listening to live Tori. And watching Tori. And reading about Tori. And, well, you get the picture. PopMatters give you a rundown of some of Amos’ must-have audio, visual, and literary supplements.

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The Top 10 Tori Amos YouTube Moments

Tori Amos has had a career full of buzz-worthy moments. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, PopMatters brings you 10 of the most memorable ones out there. These clips prove three things: #1 Tori is hilarious, #2 You should never piss her off, and #3 she knows how to perfectly capture a zeitgeist moment and savor it.

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'Gold Dust': The Tori Amos Interview

Tori spoke with PopMatters in September about the impetus behind her newest project, the orchestral retrospective Gold Dust, which features new arrangements and vocals for some of her most enduring songs, as well as some more surprising additions.

Matt Mazur and Joe Vallese
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The Tori Amos Canon - Part 3: Collections

Today we explore Tori-as-curator and look at the various collections she has released. From box set rarities, to re-conditioned favorites, to a seasonal album, Tori’s penchant for constantly re-working and re-imagining her music leads listeners far beyond typical “Greatest Hits” offerings.

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Tori Amos - "Blood Roses" (theme and variations)

Boys for Pele's second track, “Blood Roses", carried the burden of warning ears that this trip would also be full of aggressive catharsis and rubbed-raw sexuality.

Joe Vallese
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Tori Amos - Evolution of a Song: “Suede” (theme and variations)

“[On the 2011 Night of Hunters Tour] “Suede” grabbed me by the hand,” Tori Amos said of the ever-changing tune that has been performed live in a number of variations since its 1999 debut on To Venus and Back.

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The Best Tori Amos Non-Album Tracks

Consistently sitting on a bounty of album-worthy material without record-homes to call their own, Tori Amos has worked overtime to help turn the notion of a b-side on its head. As part of its Performer Spotlight on the artist, PopMatters takes a closer look at a small but varied selection of some of her best non-LP offerings.

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The Tori Amos Canon - Part 2: Contemporary Classics

Tori’s first four albums are beloved touchstones for many people. The music provides a firm foundation for her career by establishing that, for Tori, there are no rules when it comes to the way she approaches composition. These albums showcase Tori’s ability to create her own mythology in visionary ways each time out.

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Cries and Whispers: How to Speak ‘Tori’

The best writers, as Tori said in Piece by Piece “are the ones that whisper our own stories back to us”, ostensibly in their own language created just for the listener.

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The Top Tori Amos Covers

Tori Amos is as known for her soulful covers as she is her original material, tapping into the essence of another artist’s words with as much -- and sometimes even more -- respect and authority as its creator. PopMatters offers a small sampling of some of her most compelling reinterpretations.

Joe Vallese
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Tori Amos - "Cruel" (video collection)

The videos below illustrate the versatility of the song “Cruel”, which first appeared on from the choirgirl hotel (1998).

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The Tori Amos Canon - Part 1: Characters

Today we begin a week-long look at Tori Amos’ discography, and rather than construct a chronological take on her career, we thought it would be way more fun to remix it all into a new order to tell the story of her 20-year career. On all of the records in today’s presentation, we examine Tori’s relationship to creating and inhabiting characters in her music, and occasionally in the flesh.

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Code Red: Tori Amos Performer Spotlight

In celebration of the release of Gold Dust, PopMatters begins a week-long Performer Spotlight series on Amos’ career today with a very special introduction to her by those who know her work best: collaborators from across this storied and prolific career.

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Identity, Image and Acting with Archetypes in the Music of Tori Amos

Constructing characters, adapting archetypes, blurring personas and myths, Tori Amos’s work is characterized by a fascination with selfhood and its transformation. In this first essay in the PopMatters Performer Spotlight series, Alex Ramon gets under the skin of identity and image, Amos-style.

Alex Ramon
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Coming Soon! PopMatters Performer Spotlight: Tori Amos

We will explore Amos' prolific career with a patented Spotlight series coming very soon to PopMatters.

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15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here we've compiled a list of 15 albums that are often times overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.

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The Best Women in Rock of 2011

In 2011, Tori Amos, Björk, and PJ Harvey turned the clock back to their mid-'90s heyday.

Erin Lyndal Martin
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The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.

Enio Chiola
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Tori Amos Goes Hunting

Tori Amos talks with PopMatters about her newest CD Night of Hunters, where she goes back to her classical roots and gets back on the piano bench for a dark odyssey that will both give you the chills and break your heart.

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The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs of All Time

On the eve of her 12th studio album Night of Hunters, we take a trip through her Amos' catalogue to discern her 10 best tracks. To like Tori is to LOVE Tori -- even if you hate what she’s become.

Enio Chiola

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