I'm not completely sure how to wright this blog but here we go… Since the 90's I've been watching Tori Amos' career. There's always been something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. The other day it hit me: It's so simple, she sucks! Tori Amos has to be one of the most over rated "artists" out there. Okay, she's got a lot over the Britney Spears and Lady Gaga's out there but hear me out.
Tori Amos became popular around the same time as the Seattle scene. We were coming off watered down hip-hop and the first round of boy bands so of course we wanted something a little different. Because it was the 90's it had to be a little edgy but still safe. For us guys, it was bands like Nirvana, STP, Soundgarden, RAGE and Pearl Jam. For girls, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos along a few others hit that mark perfectly.
Ever since the 90's Tori Amos has been seen as this avant-garde, alternative, free thinking artists who's going to save music without "selling out to the man!", when in reality, she doesn't sound any different than any other female musician with an acoustic guitar singing into a bad microphone in some smokey bar or university campus coffee shop.
I ran across this the other day:
I was a big fan of Nirvana back in the 90's and they are - as sad as it may sound - the Beatles of our generation. I know Tori Amos was simply attempting some kind of homage but well, this illustrates how two-demential she really is.
Smells Like Teen Spirit, no matter how much I still like it, was a pop song. You can't take a pop song and re-wright it to some kind of low-lit, kick your shoes off kind of folk song. It simply doesn't work and you look like an ass trying to attempt.
I want to go down for a nap so let me make this brief. Her strongest point is her piano playing, which within itself is just good enough for tips. Her singing is lazy and she has no range. There is no originality to her style because, like I said, every girl in her 20's with an acoustic guitar has been doing exactly the same thing for the past 30 to 40 years. At best, Tori Amos is on the upper end of the curve of this beast we call Popular Music.