I identify really well with the song Silent All These Years from Little Earthquakes . I've often felt that the real me has been hidden inside me all along. That I've been bursting with emotion that I would love to scream out at the top of my lungs, except for the fact that I'm a turtle/clam by nature.
So I lead into thoughts and feelings about putting my poems up on the web. People say that I write bad poetry and that may be true. And with that thought in mind they wonder with incredulousness why I should bother to put them up on the web (or as they might put it -- torture other people with senseless words with no possible meaning in whatever time and whatever place). My reasons for putting them up on the web are varied but all sarcastic and selfish. One it's a "fuck you I won't do what you tell me to" attitude. That just because you think it's not fit to be around...I'm going to stick it around. It's a "I don't care what the fuck you think about my poetry" kind of attitude. Although that one ends up being rather false. There's a "have pity on me my poetry sucks" kind of attitude as well. Or perhaps I am just trying to express myself in ways that I can't seem to when I talk since I mumble a lot.
So back to that melodious pianist...her words bring out such powerful emotions at times with me. I can identify with some of her past/present struggles and pursuits that she sings about. I think that I like her sarcastic tongue as well :).
I have all of her albums except for Y Kant Tori Read from her heavy metal days. I like Little Earthquakes the best. And then in descending order the other albums. It oftentimes seems that the first album that you buy of an artist seems fresh and exciting, full of dreams and a message to get across. But then the other albums that the artist or band puts out seems to lack the raw energy of the first. It's ironic how the newer albums "sound" better in terms of sound quality, but the older ones have that charm, that real emotion to them. I feel the same way about Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam, although I like PJ a lot less than TA or NIN.
On Under the Pink I like the songs, Past the Mission (Trent Reznor is a backup vocal!) and The Cornflake Girl. For Boys For Pele, I like the songs Mr. Zebra , Father Lucifer, Caught a Lite Sneeze and Way Down.
I have quite a few Tori Amos singles, you can see them on my cd list page. I have a few favorites like Take to the Sky on her Winter single. I also like the Dakota version of Hey Jupiter.
Tori's newest album, from the choirgirl hotel is great. It's been a while since I've bought a new album that has reinspired me to love music as I did in the past. My current favorite songs on the album are Raspberry Swirl, playboy mommy, and iieeee. This new album definitely sounds distinctly Tori, however it has a different sound than her other albums. And her lyrics still sound like pure poetry to my ears when I hear them.
It's funny to write all these reviews about albums, because as time goes on all my reviews are about such and such's "new" album. :) But here goes another review. My favorite songs on Tori's double album to venus and back are riot poof, Bliss, and 1000 oceans. And to be perfectly honest I hate the song Suede. Usually I prefer to focus on the positive when it comes to album, but somehow that song just unnerves me so much that I just had to mention it. The live stuff on the second album is pretty good although most of them are not my favorite Tori songs.
I had originally heard his music when I was still in junior high, but at that point I was still the "good obedient girl" and I hadn't lashed out with any angst yet. In looking back, I listened to his music along with the likes of Nirvana and Metallica the most during that one period of heavy depression during freshman year. That's also when I started writing prolifically for a while and I'd say that it was one of the most dramatic/drastic periods of change and realization and shock in my life. It was complete reorientation of thought. I had somebody make me a copied version of PHM because I had heard that NIN was a cool industrial band. So I listened to the music and I felt that anger/vulnerability in the album and completely identified with it. My favorite song on PHM at the time was Something I Can Never Have. I also liked the song Ringfinger because it was cut off and I could never hear the ending of it.
Over the years, Trent's style has changed a lot. I don't really like the direction that he's taken his music. But hell what say do I have in it?
Put together they are a good mix. Each of them writes and sings about half of the songs on the albums. Some songs are light and friendly, like Galileo ; others are dark and intense, like Touch Me Fall . The songs are about friendship, romance, love, and memories. Overall they have a very full, rich acoustic sound. I love the contrast between my listening to NIN computer-generated music with its powerful aggressiveness (although in PHM shows a slightly endearing vulnerability factor) with it many layers and soundstaging to listening to songs by the Indigo Girls that feature at times only two singers and two guitars. Like themselves, the songs are delicate and beautiful in their own right. Whenever I listen to their music I feel that they are reaching out to me and saying hello...like offering me some company on this journey of life that we all must travel. I don't think that either one of them is better, although I have heard about A-E or E-A debates, fights, and arguments.
Favorite songs of Emily: Power of Two, Ghost, Prince of Darkness, Virginia Woolf, Closer to Fine, Least Complicated, Burn All the Letters
Favorite songs of Amy: Blood and Fire, Joking, Three Hits, Touch Me Fall, Chickenman, Secure Yourself
I much prefer Sting's new album Brand New Day to MF. It has a much more positive tone to it.
Since I write these in time order of when I buy CDs, I'll now discuss how I bought Surfacing months ago and how much I really like it. My favorite songs are Sweet Surrender, Black and White, and Angel. I like most of the other songs as well, but those are my favorites. I've also found that in certain moods, I really love here album Solace. It's a rather dark album, much more so than Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, which is still my favorite album of hers. I listen to it when I need to be consoled on the problems in my life. I look for it to cheer me up, despite it's slightly dark music.
Oh come on...did you really think that I wouldn't buy Mirrorball, Sarah's live album? Of course I did :).
Under the Table and Dreaming is also a good album. My favorite songs on this album are The Best of What's Around, Typical Situation, and Dancing Nancies. I really like the lyrics on all of these songs. For Remember Two Things, I like the songs Recently, Minarets, Seek Up, and I'll Back You Up. Just a comment in general about their songs. I like their intros to the songs. Some of them are mysterious and haunting.
I also now have the Recently EP and Live At Red Rocks. I love the live album. Although some of my favorite songs aren't on there, this album goes to show that Dave Matthews Band is incredible when they play live. I have a great deal of respect and awe for artists/bands who can bring something different, although unique, to each playing of a song. Although it is nice to hear the same song over and over again, it's almost like discovering a jewel when you hear an artist/band add a little something extra to a song. Artists like this include Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Dave Matthews Band.
The newest album out On These Crowded Streets is okay, but I definitely wouldn't say that it's my favorite DMB album. I haven't really listened to it all that much which goes to say how much I like this album. To me it's too noisy...I like the quieter moments that the album Crash had.
Another live album with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Live at Luther College. #41 is by far my favorite Dave Matthews song.
Recenty, I bought their new live album called Listener Supported.
I have her other two albums, Love Scenes and When I Look In Your Eyes as well now, although I don't like them as much as All For You.
So for PJ Harvey, I first bought To Bring You My Love because of the song Down by the Water. I soon grew to love the whole album. But for some reason or another, I didn't look into buying any of her newer albums or her groundbreaking older albums. I heard The Wind and Angelene in movies recently and that inspired me to buy Is This Desire?. And because Rid of Me was my first introduction to PJ Harvey, I bought that earlier today. From what I've heard of it so far, I definitely like it. Some of her songs have this very dark, sexual tension.
Aimee Mann is a great singer/songwriter. A friend of mine in college liked her songs a lot. For some reason or another, I never made the plunge and didn't buy any of her albums. In a way, I still haven't :). I did buy the Magnolia soundtrack however. Her lyrics seem so simple, but they also ring resoundingly clear.
As for dance music, within the past few months I've bought a few soundtracks for movies like Blade and The Beach. I really like the dance music tracks in both of the albums. Most of the music/artists on Blade I had never heard of before. I really like The Beach soundtrack, especially since the producer was the same one on the Trainspotting soundtrack. This album intrigued me further since it had some artists on it, Barry Adamson and Angelo Badalamenti, that were also on the Lost Highway soundtrack which is also another one of my favorites. So even though I have not yet seen the movie, when I looked at the artists on the album in the store, I knew that I had to buy it. The Moby track Porcelain is great and for the All Saints track, you can definitely tell that William Orbit produced it since it had a very similar sound to Madonna's album Ray of Light which I also own and enjoy. Probably my favorite track on the soundtrack is Underworld's 8 Ball.
As for the crooning men comment, I think that I stuck that in because my recent trend has been to buy music by bands fronted by men. And on most albums you're going to have one or two love songs. I've been obsessed with Filter's single Take a Picture, Manic Street Preachers' Everylasting, Train's Meet Virginia, and Vertical Horizon's Everything You Want.
To add more to the male fronted bands are my recent (yesterday) additions of Guster and Travis. When I went to CMU for Spring Carnival, I became obsessed with Spy and Morcheeba.
Some guy at my local CD World store told me that Air's soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides sounds very similar to Pink Floyd's album, Obscured by Clouds. Having heard some of Floyd's older music, I think that it's a pretty good observation.
For some reason or another I haven't been buying as many CDs as I usually do. Maybe it's because I'm trying to save up to buy more DVDs. My latest musical obsessions have been BT, Harry Connick Jr, and Bjork.
My favorite Coco Lee songs are Love You If I Want, DiDaDi, and Beautiful Bimbo.
My roommate played Pizzicato Five for me in January. I might get into listening to them at some point too. But for now they are too happy for me.
last updated: 2/20/01