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Tori Amos: Pop Songs Reinvigorated By Visual Art

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tori Amos performs in the Soundcheck studio. Tori Amos performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

When Tori Amos unveiled Gold Dust in 2012, it was a pristine moment to acknowledge the influential songwriter's legacy thus far. Starting with her 1992 solo debut, Little Earthquakes, Amos has led the way for a generation of powerful female artists, taking ahold of and shifting the rock world with perfectly stated, confessional lyrics that confronted love and sex, joy, empowerment, and painful life experiences through a fresh, new lens. Hearing her music from the past 20 years reconfigured -- with classical orchestration from the Netherlands' Metropole Orchestra -- was a chance to rediscover Amos' groundbreaking works re-imagined.

Now, with her 14th studio effort, Amos is moving forward. Unrepentant Geraldines, her first record of all-original rock and pop-oriented songs in five years, is both a return to her signature instrument -- piano -- and to her fine art-pop sound, and also another evolution as a songwriter. In true Tori Amos fashion, these songs are full of juxtapositions: tender and rocking, intense and pretty, whispered and screamed as she delves in to dark territory, as on the first single "Trouble's Lament." The record also arrives with something of a framing device -- her experiences with and love for visual art.

Before Unrepentant Geraldines' release on May 13, the groundbreaking and prolific artist performs some of her new material in an intimate solo piano performance in the Soundcheck studio, and talks about her new songs.

Set List:

  • "Trouble's Lament"
  • "Selkie"
  • "Crucify" 

This episode is included in the Soundcheck #smartbinge podcast playlist at


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Comments [26]

Rejean Allard from Quebec, Canada

Merci Soundcheck. Merci Tori. From Quebec Canada. Looking forward your visit in Montréal. Any dates?

Apr. 29 2014 07:44 PM
xavier from Paris

And yet, she steals another idea from Kate Bush, A Sky of Honey was about a painters. Geez Tori Amos! From being in the box on your first album cover to this...whatever. Forever the Kate Bush rip off!

Apr. 29 2014 03:16 PM
Laura from New York

It's working today! Thanks Sound Check! Love you Tori!

Apr. 29 2014 10:58 AM

Been checking back all day to see if it's working. Still nothing. Guess I'm giving up.

Apr. 28 2014 11:57 PM

My god i had no luck with this. Ugh. Soundcheck sometimes you dont come thru

Apr. 28 2014 10:53 PM
Bryce from Columbus, Ohio

Finally listening, this interview and the performances are amazing.
Tori- you never fail to be wonderful, amazing, and full of light and love.
I am so excited for the shows this tour.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! this preview makes time just go slow till then. Tick Tock.... it will come. So so loving this.

Apr. 28 2014 07:54 PM

I couldn't get the live streaming and the video got cut
off. you should email people who commented a discount code before
the cut-off time.

Apr. 28 2014 02:50 PM

:-) hurry new lp tori. Maybe new song on itunes tonite at 12am??

Apr. 28 2014 02:50 PM
Alessia from Italy

Gorgeous, gorgeous performance, Tori Amos! Thank you, Soundcheck, this was ace!

Apr. 28 2014 02:46 PM
Soundcheck Producer Joel from Soundcheck studio

Hey folks: If you're having trouble connecting to today's live webcast, we will post the archive of Tori's performance shortly. Check back -- or follow us on Twitter (@Soundcheck) or Facebook, and we'll let you know when it's up. Thanks!

Apr. 28 2014 02:32 PM
April from Austin, Texas

Still nothing!! Why won't they fix it?? Even above the other options to listen to are green and Tori's is grey and doesn't work. We all wanted to be with her in spirit and can't now because ITS NOT WORKING!

Apr. 28 2014 02:31 PM

Oh dear. Not working on iphone. Next.

Apr. 28 2014 02:26 PM

It's currently 2:22p and still nothing?

Apr. 28 2014 02:22 PM
Jolene from Florida

It's working now on my PC. Thanks so much, Tori & Soundcheck. Gorgeous! I can't wait to see Tori again in concert in Miami, FL this year.

Apr. 28 2014 02:21 PM
April Y from Austin, Texas

Help!! It's NOT WORKING!

Apr. 28 2014 02:19 PM
April from Austin, Tx

It's not working :(

Apr. 28 2014 02:17 PM
kRock from Austin, TX

Is it just that it hasn't started? I've tried on my desktop, my iPad and my DRoid.

Apr. 28 2014 02:12 PM
bzw from Oakland, CA


SOUNDCHECK: Our session today with Tori Amos is running a tad behind. Stay tuned and we'll let you know when we're live! http://

Apr. 28 2014 02:12 PM
sam from south

not working on pc or ipad!!why!!

Apr. 28 2014 02:11 PM
Soundcheck Producer Joel from Soundcheck studio

Making sure everything sounds great. Kicking off at about 2:15 p.m. ET. Thanks for being patient!

Apr. 28 2014 02:09 PM

Not playing on iphone. Help.

Apr. 28 2014 02:08 PM
David Dombrosky from Pittsburgh, PA

Can't get it to work on my PC either

Apr. 28 2014 02:07 PM
Jolene from Florida

It's not working for me either.

Apr. 28 2014 02:05 PM

I can't seem to get the player to work, I'm on my iPad, any suggestions for getting it to work?

Apr. 28 2014 02:04 PM
viola from bremen

Such a beautiful woman- inside and outside

Apr. 28 2014 01:21 PM

Cannot wait for the new lp.

Apr. 28 2014 12:55 PM

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