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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 21-SEP-1999
For many pop-music cynics, excess can be neatly summed up in three things: live albums, double-CD's, and Tori Amos records. Damned if To Venus and Back doesn't hit the trifecta. But perhaps Amos is just trying to prove what we've always suspected: that her muse possesses a sly, ironic wit and has been frantically trying to give us a wink while Tori whipped up her heady cocktail of quiet Sturm, desperate Drang, and angst in the panties. There's teasing moments on this double-dose of Tori's love affair with her own melodic and mystical dramaturgy to support that notion, even in the disc of powerful new studio recordings that inaugurates this set. Dubbing a song "Glory of the 80's" is burlesque enough, but yearning to have oneself cloned as Kim Carnes at its climax is simply inspired. Amos is to Kate Bush's distaff mysticism what Mark McGwire was to Roger Maris; she hasn't so much broken the mold as willfully hammered it into her own image. After Bush hit the snooze-bar on her career in the late `80s, Amos boldly stepped into the fray, building a body of work that demanded to be taken seriously, even while the thrift-store chic set were laughing up their tattered sleeves at her ambitious chutzpah. They're not laughing now; in fact, many may find Venus to be a deliciously guilty pleasure. Amos supporters have long maintained that the key to understanding her intrigue lies in her live performances. Disc two boldly states their case as Amos coos, whoops, and warbles through a hit-sprinkled set, her shrewd, sorely undervalued band hanging with every nuance and turn of phrase. Cynics are from Mars; Tori is from Venus--that's just the way her galaxy crumbles. Jerry McCulley
I bought this in 2005 to replace my other copy which was starting to skip after extended use. I first saw Tori live during the 5 &1/2 week tour with Alanis Morissette in 1999. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark M
I was idolizing this singer about the same time my peers were all hung up on Britney Spears and her ilk. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer
I'm a huge Tori fan, but this was one of the last CDs I picked up. And I was right to wait.
The first disc is a studio album, and it is her most experimental and... Read more
Easily one of Tori's best releases. The recording quality is awesome and the performance is easily among her best ever.Published 12 months ago by wiggler69
I keep listening to this over and over. It has a mix of studio and live tracks, and while I don't generally like live recordings, these are really good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Reader
This is one of my favorite albums of Tori's. It's haunting, poetic, and easy to get lost in. I highly recommend it.Published 21 months ago by sdr2000
I gave a pretty scathing review of the recording quality of pretty much everything after "Pele", but really the sound on this album is distinctively better. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T.
I was looking to get the second cd. I feel product was misrepersented. Live and learn i guess..... Thanks for just the one cd.Published on January 31, 2013 by cathleen willard-nadeau
Thia Cd has live tracks along with recorded gems. I rarely like live tracks,
with the exception of MTV's Unplugged. Read more