Articles - March 1998

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The Courier-Mail
March 28, 1998
    Dani Ringrose sends me a review of the Great Expectations soundtrack that appeared in a local newspaper in Brisbane, Australia called The Courier Mail on Saturday, 28 March, 1998. It was an excerpt from LIGHTS, ACTION ... IT'S ANOTHER SOUNDTRACK. The article was printed with a photo of Tori from a live concert, from either the LE or UtP tour.

    "The soundtrack album is big business in 1998 ... and it's easy to see why. If you can't get new music played on mainstream radio, what better way to reach the record-buying public than on the back of a hit film (as in _Romeo and Juliet_, which helped acts such as Everclear, Radiohead and the Cardigans reach a wider audience).

    If there's a bunch of cool stuff in the vaults - or in the movie director's record collection - it can also make a suitably atmospheric album (as in _Boogie Nights_ and _Jackie Brown_, both compiled from mostly forgotten '70s funk, soul and disco tracks).

    The _Titanic_ soundtrack has become the biggest-selling movie album ever but the next hot-ticket soundtrack could be _Great Expectations_ (Atlantic/Warner Music), a stylish collection using the _Romeo and Juliet/Trainspotting_ formula: some established acts, some promising unknowns and a light sprinkling of oldies (in this case, the unlikely combination of the Greatful Dead and Iggy Pop).

    Unlike many of these compilations, at least some of this material has been especially written for the occasion, with some of the songs co-written with David Boyle, who composed the film's orchestral score.

    As is often the case with the eclectic '90s soundtrack, not everything will be to everyone's taste but there is sure to be at least something that is.

    Among the winners are Tori Amos' wordless vocalisation "Finn" and the powerful "Siren", underlining my suspicion that Amos sounds more effective in small doses. [small note: huh?]

    Mono's "Life in Mono" is a compelling mix of '60s flavoured Euro-pop and '90s instrumentation and Pulp's "Like a Friend" is the best of the lot, picking up the baton from where Roxy Music's _Virginia Plain_ and David Bowie's _Heroes_ left off.

    Chris Cornell's solo debut after the demise of Soundgarden, "sunshower", is an acoustic guitar piece with a slightly psychedelic feel that's a dead ringer for Powderfinger [a Brisbane band], and Scott Weiland should confuse most of his old fans with "Lady, you bring me down", a track that's closer to the Doors attempting a Berlin cabaret number than to his old hard-rocking self in Stone Temple Pilots.

    And will the Grateful Dead revival start with the inclusion of that old hippie favorite, "Uncle John's Band"? Unlikely, but with Cesaro Evora's splendid reworking of the Latin chestnut "Besame Mucho", it provides a sunny counterpoint to all that twentysomething angst.

    The overall result is an album that works as a unified whole and which you can enjoy whether you've seen the film or not."

Jam! Web Site
March 24 & March 2, 1998
    The Canadian Jam! web site posted vital Tori information throughout the month of March 1998.

    On March 2, 1998, the track listing to Tori's new album was first revealed by the Canadian Jam! Music web site. They received their information from Atlantic Records Canada. John Sakamoto, who is executive producer of Jam! Music and who wrote the article that includes this track listing, was the first to notify me. The article there also told us that the album was recorded and mixed by Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek, assisted by Rob van Tuin at Martian, Tori's studio in Cornwall. It was mastered by Bob Ludwig in Maine. They were also the first to tell us that "Spark" would be the first single from "choirgirl."

    On March 24, 1998, Jam! publiched 2 articles on Tori. The first article, called "Tori Amos talks about her miscarriage", prints quotes from Tori from a new bio provided by Atlantic Records. Tori elaborates how her new album was inspired in part by her miscarriage:

      "Each song would show me a certain side of herself because of what I was going through. So a song like 'Cruel' came to me out of my anger. 'She's Your Cocaine' and 'iieee' came out of a sense of loss and sacrifice. And other songs celebrated the fact that I found a new appreciation for life through this loss.

      "There's a deep love on this record. This is not a victim's record. It deals with sadness but it's a passionate record -- for life, for the life force. And a respect for the miracle of life."

    The other article, called "Tori Amos to play Canadian club show", talks about Tori's plan for a club tour and the fact that radio stations in the U.S. were playing the single "Spark" before they were supposed to.

Now Newspaper
March 19-25, 1998

    The weekly newspaper NOW in Toronto covered the released of Tori's album "from the choirgirl hotel." According to Ears With Feet Romain Godbout and Miriam, the March 19-25, 1998 issue contains a huge photo of Tori on page 13 and a short article on her new album on page 40 along with another smaller pic. If anyone can scan the pics or send me the article, please do!

New Weekly
March 16, 1998
    Tori's wedding was covered by the New Weekly magazine in Australia. Go to The Tori Wedding Page to read the article and see 4 wedding photos they published.

Billboard Magazine
March 14, 1998
    The March 14, 1998 issue of Billboard Magazine has a very positive review of Great Expectations: The Score:

    Great Expectations: The Score--Music Composed By Patrick Doyle

    PRODUCERS: Patrick Doyle, Maggie Rodford

    Atlantic 83063

    Contrary to popular belief, presumed literary giant Charles Dickens has often been accused over the last 150 years of mere melodramatic sensationalism in such books as "Great Expectations." Thus, Dickens would likely be amused by purists" ire over modern adaptations of his "classics." Meantime, the success of the new Gwyneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke film"s alterna-rock soundtrack should not obscure the sensual score album composed by Patrick Doyle. Besides Doyle"s darkly beautiful orchestrations ("Kissing In The Rain," etc.), this record has such pleasures as Tori Amos" sexy/spooky "Finn," a sublime "B*same Mucho" by Cesaria Evora, Cyrus Chestnut"s jazz ("By The Inch Or By The Hour"), and Kiri Te Kawana"s superb aria, "I Saw No Shadow Of Another Parting," conceived by Doyle using Dickens" words. The fact is, Dickens knew how to write great love stories, and Doyle knows how to write great music for them.

Rumba Magazine
March 13, 1998
    An essential article has appeared in the March 13, 1998 issue of Rumba magazine in Finland. The article's translated title is "Southern upbringing: Tori Amos' long awaited new album has a hard history" Ears With Feet Katja Laitinen took 3 hours to translate this interview from Finnish to English for us, and I thank her for going to all that trouble! This article is essential because Tori talks a little about the new album, and she reveals that part of the inspiration behind the new album was a miscarriage she had in late 1996 or early 1997. So it is a sad article in some ways, but it is also inspiring to see how Tori has dealt with this loss. There are alot of interesting quotes in the article, and she talks about her Ears With Feet again.

    Read the Rumba Article.

Dayton Daily News
March 8, 1998

    A review of the Great Expectations soundtrack appeared in the Dayton Daily News on or around March 8, 1998. The review also appeared online at the ActiveDayton web site.

    Read the Great Expectations Review.

Hello! Magazine
March 7, 1998
    The March 7, 1998 issue of the British magazine Hello! has a short article on Tori's wedding and printed some nice photos. Read the article and see the photos on the Tori Wedding Page.

Dutch weekly TV-guide Veronica
1998 March 7-13

    Ruud van Melick has translated and sent me a review of the Great Expectations soundtrack that appeared in the 1998 march 7-13 (nr. 10) issue of the Dutch weekly TV-guide Veronica:

    The movie is a modern version of the time-honoured Dickens story, the soundtrack is a valuable addition to every CD-collection. The fact that only a few songs are part of the movie is a side-issue. What matters is that veterans like Iggy Pop and The Grateful Death are experiencing severe competition from alternative newcomers. Pulp, Reef and Tori Amos are reasonably well-known and are given room for a valuable contribution, female singer Lauren Christy and singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik are (in our country) unknown, but sing beautiful songs. The same goes for The Verve Pipe and Mono and we can go on and on. A honourable mention goes to former Soundgarden-frontman Chris Cornell, who, in a inimitable way, kicks off a hopefully very fertile solo-career. "Great Expectations" is a wonderful CD, even without the matching movie-images. (JV) Best song: "Chris Cornell - Sunshower"

8days Magazine (Singapore)
March 7-14, 1998
    Issue no. 387 of 8days Magazine in Singapore (March 7-14, 1998) contained a review of the Great Expectations soundtrack. Toriphile wee sent this to me.

    "With gen-xers, gwyneth and ethen, in this revisionist update of the dickensian tale, what does one expect but today's music-hipsters (pulp, the verve pipe, mono, poe et al) to lend their voices to this eclectic, if coherent, collection? no surprise then that it'd be tori amos who injects the requisite intensity in this emotional trip: opener 'finn' is all wide-eyed innocence, counterpointed next by 'siren', an urgent call of love in which the kooky diva pulls out all the stops, her trademark malleable voice careening around typically-obtuse lyrics. other standouts : duncan sheik's radio-friendly single ' wishful thinking', fisher's wistful, slowburn ditty 'breakable', and latin diva cesaria evora's utterly romantic 'resame muncho'."

The Courier Mail
March 4, 1998
    Dan Everton sends me a short paragraph on Tori that appeared in a local newspaper in Brisbane, Australia called The Courier Mail on Wednesday 4 March, 1998. It was in the Accent section in the "eXpress" column. It was edited by Noel Mengel.
    The Courier Mail, Wednesday 4 March, 1998

    TORI Amos went into a 300-year-old barn-turned-recording studio in Cornwall, England, to make a new album ... and came out with a new husband. She married sound engineer Mark Hawley last month. The flame-haired songwriter did find time to get some work done - her folow-up to Little Earthquakes should be with us by May. Don't expect too many silly love songs, however.

Vox Magazine
March 1998

Q Magazine
March 1998
    Q Magazine in the U.K. mentions Tori's upcoming 1998 album in the March 1998 issue. On page 23, they have a section about albums which should be out in the next three months. They say:

      Tori Amos is recording in a 300 year old barn in Cornwall, putting the finishing touches to her May-scheduled album. Provisional song titles include Cruel and Playboy Mama for the "Marvin Gaye and Led Zeppelin-influenced" album, which features live takes and her regular touring band.

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