Tori Amos

Winter [#1]

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Tori Amos developed an enormous, rabidly loyal following within months of her debut on the music scene. She was almost immediately booked as the main attraction on her own tour -- when she attempted to open a concert for Luka Bloom early in her career, the screaming crowd refused to let the talented headliner take the stage. This EP, along with her other CD singles, played a significant role in that boomlet of interest. They indicated a bottomless supply of terrific material, and allowed her fans to become Tori Amos collectors before she'd even released two albums. The B-sides on the "Winter" single aren't quite as remarkable as her much-discussed cover tunes, but they are gems nonetheless: the piano bassline on "Take to the Sky" provides as big an adrenaline rush as anything on her full-length albums. "The Pool" creates an evocative, cinematic synth landscape. "Sweet Dreams" features one of Amos' only attempts at social criticism.

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