Tori Amos has amassed quite an impressive body of work. From her double platinum solo career debut, Little Earthquakes (1992), through ten subsequent releases that include Boys For Pele (1996), To Venus And Back (1999), and Abnormally Attracted To Sin (2009), the eccentric singer-songwriter has created a broad swath of musical gems. Throughout this creative period of almost 20 years, she has worked hard to consistantly reinvent her approach to communicating with her audiences, and she has won a fervent core of fans.
In 2009, a few months after the release of Abnormally Attracted To Sin, Amos introduced a seasonal holiday album of originals and traditional songs, Midwinter Graces, that draws from her classical influences. (I wish that she would have covered "In the Bleak Midwinter" for this release as I would have loved to hear her take on what is one of my favorite holiday songs.)
Her much anticipated new album, Night Of Hunters, continues the foray into classical styles, and is on the calendar for release on September 20. The album, which is being released on the highly respected classical label Deutsche Grammophon, will be one that fans jump on excitedly.
Night of Hunters will be available on CD, a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition, and DD formats. While not yet announced, it wouldn't surprise me if an LP version emerges as well.
With this interesting foray into classical structures, Tori Amos tells a story. In her words: "It's a 21st century song cycle inspired by classical music themes spanning over 400 years. I have used the structure of a song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story.
"The protagonist is a woman," she continues, "who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us."