• 2009 in Music – What a Year

    Dic 26 2009, 14:10 di Lamprog

    While it was a hard year for some in general, in terms of music this year was very interesting indeed. There were some surprising things on the way and others, not so surprising, going on. I found it easy to predict Lady GaGa's success, for example. Pop music needed someone new or at least reinventing old pop "virtues". ;) But then I didn't think I'd ever like her as much as I do now (thanks to The Fame Monster).
    The biggest surprise for me was Bat for Lashes. I'd heard about Natasha and her band before but always thought they wouldn't bring anything new to my musical world. How wrong I was... And now Two Suns is one of my favorite albums this year. Sometimes change comes fast.
    There were lots of new interesting things in general. It's all in my summary below. I hope your musical year 2009 was as good as mine. :)

    A personal summary

    Favorite albums of 2009

    Tori AmosAbnormally Attracted To Sin, Midwinter Graces
    A Fine FrenzyBomb in a Birdcage
    Florence + the MachineLungs
  • Game: The Greatest Concert Ever

    Nov 20 2009, 21:28 di Lamprog

    Take ten bands/artists that should play at your show and determine their set lists:

    - The first one plays 5 songs.
    - The second one plays 5 songs.
    - The third one plays 5 songs.
    - The fourth one plays 5 songs.
    - The fifth one plays 6 songs.
    - The sixth one plays 7 songs.
    - The seventh one plays 7 songs.
    - The eighth one plays 7 songs.
    - The ninth one plays 11 songs.
    - The tenth one plays 14 songs, with a 2 song encore.

    This is my singer-songwriter version:

    I. Marina & the Diamonds


    1. Shampain
    2. I Am Not a Robot
    3. Seventeen
    4. Simplify
    5. Mowgli’s Road

    Comment: A full-band show, except for "Simplify", which is at its best when played solo.

    II. Tina Dico


    1. Count To Ten
    2. The City
    3. No Time to Sleep
    4. Craftsmanship and Poetry
    5. Warm Sand

    Comment: full-band show except for "The City" (solo and acoustic).

    III. The Swell Season
  • One of the best Tori I experienced in nearly 10 years

    Ott 1 2009, 12:25 di verdena

    Wed 30 Sep – Tori Amos Sinful Attraction Tour

    I didn't see her live in the 90s... and that'll be always a huge loss for me and a deep regret, cause she was raging the stage at that time and probably because that was the era I started to love Tori as much as I do nowadays. With such a background as "Little Earthquakes" or "Under The Pink" or "Pele" and in such a deep, somehow frustrating, thoughtful, dramatic and consequently (paradoxically) productive and intense period as "Choirgirl Hotel" era was, you can easily understand how much I'd love to turn back the hands of time and allow myself to experience that Tori at that time.

    I listened to Abnormally Attracted To Sin very few times.. you can easily check how many in my profile, and for the first time ever I was going to see her live with such a low, very low expectation. These long epic albums she's recently doing, exception made for Scarlet's Walk (which I totally adore!), made my interest every year weaker and weaker. …
  • abnormally attracted to sin the way I want it

    Lug 18 2009, 17:42 di donotrepeat

    I bought Abnormally Attracted To Sin the other day.

    I had read some reviews and I agreed with everyone - the album had some great tracks, but Tori could have been a sharper cutter when putting it together. I mean, there's some real spicy, nice Tori-tracks, but also some boring ones that would be B-sides if they still "made" B-sides.

    So I picked out the tracks I like best, and arranged them in a series so the album is not too long, not boring, with enough space between ballads and cool, jumpy tracks.

    ladies and gentlemen, I give you,
    abnormally attracted to sin by Tori Amos, the way I want it to be:

    1. Give
    Give is like spicy, dark chocolate, and a brilliant way to start this twisty album.

    2. Welcome to England
    The first single from the album, and it's awesome Tori-style. It's kinda "typical" for her, but still there is something in between the lines and instruments here. A great track, that should be just after Give. Just listen to them in a row, and you understand that they're just meant to be.
  • Tori Gives!

    Lug 15 2009, 1:48 di melanchanted

    Mon 13 Jul – Tori Amos
    Tori was amazing last night! She played a lot of songs from her new album, some ofwhich had left me pretty cold. I expected that some would sound better live--like Fast Horse, which was incredible. But even Police Me was good!

    She opened with Give, which (I love and) set the mood for the night. Then she went into Siren, which I''ve been dying to see live--although I prefer a slower tempo on it.

    She came out with tons of energy and kept it up all night. It's just not the same from the balcony, which is where I was last time--I'm never doing that again!

    I'm out of time, but check out her awesome cover of Baby One More Time. Who else can make Britney sound talented? And deep?

    At one point a woman screamed "I wanna be your piano!" Word.
  • Abnormally Attracted to Sin

    Mag 27 2009, 5:29 di blomma26

    Abnormally Attracted To Sin , the new album from Tori Amos has left me puzzled after the first listening. I've been a Tori fan for almost 8 years now, and the thing I love about her is her ability to surprise every time, with every album. Don't get med wrong, she surprises this time as well. I just don't know if it is a surprise that appeal to me. Then again, I don't think Tori is making music just to appeal to her fans. She makes music for a more higher purpose.
    The first thing I did fall in love with, though, is the titel of the album. But there are a few songs that really talked to me; Maybe California is one of the songs off the album that I liked instantly. And writing this I just realised that I haven't heard a Tori album yet that I fell in love with at the first listen. Her albums usually need time to grow on me. And I see that as a good thing.
    Fast Horse is another track that caught my ear at the first listening. Though it is, what I would call, a Tori song.