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There is an opinion that this album is absolutely experimenting with electronics. I do not support it.
The very first track "Spark" impresses with the way the sounds of piano go down at the listener like april showers! And what about the song "Black Dove (January)"? It mesmerizez us with ever repeating melody which explodes from time to time into a desperate refrain.. "Raspberry Swirl" hides the main rythm of frenzied piano behind the wall of drums. Yes, that is sure, there is a lot to electronic sound, but they only emphasize the tenderness of Tori Amos' music. Even in entirely electronical composition "Iieee" Tori's piano brings our tears closer to the surface.
"She's your Cocaine" is an epitome of the rock-n-roll sound. It almost brings us back to the 60s..
"Northenr Lad" is a melancolically sang story about a woman who throws the splinters of her heart under the feet of the person she loves. It is logically followed by the exhausted piano sounds of "Playboy Mommy".
The album could have been totally different if not the miscarriage she had had. She felt both grief and anger. Well, you will be able to feel them listening to the album. All the songs were born in the state of partial imbecility that followed the loss of her child.
What comes into my head first about the album, is that it is living like a body. Each song is a continuation of a previous, and at the same time all the songs are so different. It is a story with beginning, culmination, and the end. You don't get the plot of this "story" from the lyrics (which are nearly absurd).
You can feel it in her piano.
If you never listened to Tori Amos, I would advice you to begin with this album. It is the most popular album she ever made.
Marked by Q Magazine as one of the hundred of greatest British albums, remained on the charts of Billboard for 129 weeks - almost two and a half years,
double platinum "Rio" does not grow old! Followed by videos shot in Sri Lanka, it brought the band to their best success. It included "Rio", "Hold Back The Rain", "My Own Way", "Hungry Like The Wolf", and "New Religion", the sad melody of "Save a Prayer", this album is the eternity itself.
This album contains 14 covers for the songs of bands and performers that inspired Duran Duran from the beginning. "Perfect Day" (cover of Lou Reed's) appears continiously on the radio station, "Crystal Ship", "Lay Lady Lay"(Bob Dylan) are notable on the disc. Lou Reed proclaimed the Duran Duran version of his song the best cover of his song ever made. The track "White Lines" contained the original back vocals:)
This album went golden in the United States and sold around the world a million of copies.
If you hesitate about buying this album, i will give you a couple of facts about it. This album contains famous hits "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone" which brought the fame of one of the most popular bands of 80s to life and the videos of which you may see on MTV even today. The sound is more modern comparing to the debut of the band.
The album had a great and unexpected success, the sound does not remind us the 80s anymore, more of electronics, this is when Duran Duran went out of the catagory of "teeny-pop" bands.
Touching serious topics, exceptional quality, a leap between decades. I really recommend.