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One highlight of the album is that the piano is now back to the center, an element that has been missing in the last few Tori albums. I must say I enjoyed watching the interview, it shows a side of Tori that is not usually brought out in past interviews - and you see that she really does know quite a fair bit about church history. Even though this album is very much your unconventional Tori, I really think Tori could have done a little better with this album. For one, songs like Harps of Gold and Candle: Coventry Carol were not very suited to Tori's voice. And the album cover (I know this should not be a point of contention, but it is not something easily ignored) looks very obviously photoshopped - as a Tori fan put it: "she looks more and more like an android with each album cover." I don't mean to speak this way about Tori but there is something to the raw Tori we all find magical.
My favorites on this album are:
Star of Wonder - reminds me of Strong Black Vine.
Pink and Glitter - a wonderful nod to the big band era, reminiscent of the songs Tori sang on Mona Lisa Smile.
Comfort and Joy (Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition)
I can honestly say that even my parents would appreciate hearing these songs over the Christmas holidays. Now don't get the idea that this album is totally mainstream or lame, because it's not, remember this is Tori Amos were talking about. But it's so well done that non-Tori fans will be asking "Who IS this? And where can I get the CD?".
It's the perfect holiday album to listen to with loved ones but it can also help you introduce Tori's brilliant music to new listeners. Don't be surprised if months from now, your mother discovers 'Little Earthquakes' and shouts to the world that 'Cornflake Girl' is her new favorite song, lol. Trust me, by listening to this album with your family it's ridiculously possible. Of course you'll have to explain to your mom what 'Cornflake Girl' is about and that's it's not just a catchy tune, but a song with a deep message.
Now back to Midwinter Graces...
My favorite songs on this album include:
1. Star of Wonder (my #1 favorite)
2. Holly, Ivy, and Rose (a believe she sings this song with her young daughter)
3. Snow Angel
4. Jeanette, Isabella
5. Emmanuel (a beautiful version of the holiday classic)
6. What A Child, Nowell
7. Winter's Carol
At times it doesn't even feel like I'm listening to a holiday album at all, just a mellow Tori album. I highly recommend getting/downloading it and listening to Midwinter Graces all year round. It's really that good.
The best track on the whole album, and my favorite, was "Pink and Glitter". While a slightly disarming title, the sudden entrance of the brass and the great big-band sound lend this piece a lot of "glitter". I highly suggest snuggling up to your lover with this, maybe on New Year's Eve, or maybe just by a fire....you get the idea. Tori's jazz vocals make a comeback, and are rarely drowned out by the brass, so the blend seems all right. This is one of the two highly publicized tracks, but this one is well deserved.
One of the other tracks getting advertising attention is "A Silent Night With You". Honestly, I felt this song was pretty mainstream sounding--maybe even a little too, although it did hark back to the sound of "Gold Dust" or many of the tracks in "Scarlet's Walk". Also, if anyone has heard any of her jazz covers, her vocals are reminiscent of it. The harmonies are pretty, but this whole track was just a little too repetitive and expected for me. Also the tubular bells to give the Christmas effect were overdone. But hey, how can you avoid that when you're trying to make a song sound like the holidays?!!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had low expectations for this album, as I do not like holiday music at all. Figured I would give it one quick obligatory listen, just because it was tori. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Savage Kitsune
I love me some Tori, I own all her studio albums, and meeting her is on my bucket list.
But her "Christmas" (Winter) album leaves much to be desired. Read more
I have been a Tori Amos fan for years. I bought this album a little skeptical (I had heard a couple tracks off of it that were okay), but hopeful. I was disappointed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan
Hi, Toriphile here, declaring I love this album. Yes, I do. Now, if you know Tori Amos well and loved her stark renditions of Little Drummer Boy and Have Yourself A Merry Little... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cornflake_Grrl
I've had it on my wishlist for long and I'm not sure I waited that long to get it. It's just amazing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by William Magee
Remember when Tori Amos could write songs? She has a body of work that places her among the greatest songwriters in pop history, to go with an amazingly expressive voice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GBC
Beautiful, mellow songs. Tori's voice soars over her phenomenal piano paying.Published 17 months ago by Water Dragon