OMG u guyz. June 13: me n tori (n a bunch of other people who don't matter) @ the zenith here in paris. how cool is that? i luv the way she puts the damage on. somebody hand me my leather.
ok but seriously-- tori amos has her teenybopper fans, certainly, and I well remember the day when I was one of them, in a tori chat room on AOL when I was fifteen, having overly intense discussions about tori themes running the gamut from fairies to rape. but eleven years on she's still making great music and I'm still buying all of her albums... the last one that came out, "the beekeeper," I'm still getting used to. there are some great songs on there-- hello, "hootchie woman"?!--but I think the whole "sinsuality" thing that is the basic theme of this new tour doesn't quite work.
tori's always been about either attacking or recuperating christianity and female sexuality from the hands of the egoist male chauvinists who run the show-- cf. "Icicle"-- and so on the new album features the song "original sinsuality,"with lyrics like "original sin/no I don't think so...no it should be original sin-suality" to a sort of contrived, cutesy, trippy little melody that is belied by the more complex harmonic progressions that ensue... but I think she's more effective when she keeps to exploring random feelings ("the power of orange knickers") and musing over failed relationships ("mother revolution").
nevertheless I'm totally psyched to see her play in paris. something that poses a bit more of a problem: who to take? I don't think any of my girlfriends here are particularly big tori fans. And god knows what will be happening with the boys by then. So I will hold a contest to determine who can come with me. Here's how to enter: tell me what's so amazing about really deep thoughts. Whoever has the best answer and can be in Paris on June 13th can come with me.