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My Tori Amos Albums Ranking

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Been thinking of doing this for a while so here it is

This ranking will not include Y Kant Tori Read or Midwinter Graces or Gold Dust as I personally do not consider them main albums toward her discography

Therefore 13 albums will be included in this ranking from my least fave to most fave - And I will be pointing out some of my fave tracks from each album

 

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Night of Hunters

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Simply put I am not a pure classical gay

I love the concept surrounding this album of writing lyrics for already existing pieces of music but I myself cannot get into it

I much prefer classical and orchestral reworkings of artists songs like what she did next with Gold Dust

Fave Tracks - Nautical Twilight

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Strange Little Girls

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Another album with a concept that borrows heavily from already existing work - This one consists entirely of covers of songs originally performed by men

I have never really been able to get into this album for some reason and should probably re-visit it soon

Fave Tracks - 97 Bonnie and Clyde | Enjoy The Silence

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Unrepentant Geraldines

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Another one I have not really been able to get into - And another one that relies somewhat on a concept that involves already existing work

I am noticing a theme here - I prefer when Tori is more original

This album does have a few standouts but I rarely re-visit it

Fave Tracks - Trouble's Lament | Promise | Giant's Rolling Pin wendy3

10

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American Doll Posse

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This is a massive album and I think that has somewhat effected my being able to get into it entirely

However she goes OFF many times during this record and for that we have to stan

Leave it to Tori to drag America through the mud

Fave Tracks - Big Wheel | Bouncing Off Clouds | Programmable Soda | Fat Slut wendy3

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The Beekeeper

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Ok let us get to the real snappery now - This album is super underrated

I have seen it get dragged as one of her worst but it has so many gems in it

It really feels like you are strolling through a garden when listening to it - Or driving to Ireland in my Saab with Hunty @Hylia

Fave Tracks - Sweet The Sting | The Power of Orange Knickers | Sleeps With Butterflies | Witness | Ireland | Martha's Foolish Ginger | The Beekeeper

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Scarlet's Walk

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I love this album for its incredibly rich and original concept

It was bold and very needed at the time it was released and again you can always rely on her to spill the tea about the state of America

Fave Tracks - Amber Waves | A Sorta Fairytale | I Can't See New York | Taxi Ride | Gold Dust

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Under The Pink

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Whew all immaculate albums coming up this is getting hard

A worthy follow up to the groundbreaking Little Earthquakes yet I do not think it matched the same level that LE achieved

That being said - This is a consistent and interesting album that I always like listening to in full and not to mention it contains the classic Cornflake Girl

Fave Tracks - Pretty Good Year | God | Past The Mission | Baker Baker | The Wrong Band | The Waitress | Cornflake Girl | Space Dog | Yes Anastasia

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Boys For Pele

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This album I feel cemented Tori's legacy despite only being her 3rd

The bold cover and never ending lashings she delivered in the songs established her as a force to be reckoned with

Fave Tracks - Horses | Blood Roses | Father Lucifer | Professional Widow | Mr Zebra | Caught A Lite Sneeze | Muhammad My Friend | Hey Jupiter | Talula | In The Springtime Of His Voodoo | Putting The Damage On

5

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To Venus and Back

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Tori didn't have to make such a drastic style change but she gone and done it ANYWAY

The change in style really paid off for her and sees her experimenting with electronica and trip hop while still keeping many elements of the piano sound she had established for herself

As a fan of trip hop this album is a huge favourite of mine and she pulls it off incredibly well

Fave Tracks - Juarez | Concertina | Glory of the 80s | Lust | Spring Haze | 1000 Oceans

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Native Invader

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I discovered Tori thanks to @Hylia not long before this album was released and it became an immediate fave as soon as I heard it

Another album that shows her ability to comment on the current state of America very well - She delivers more lashings

This is also one of her more heavily produced albums and shows further experimentation

Fave Tracks - Reindeer King | Wings | Breakaway | Wildwood | Chocolate Song | Bang | Climb | Bats | Benjamin | Upside Down 2

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Abnormally Attracted To Sin

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Whew another album which sees her experimenting with trip hop and electronica - I truly consider this to be one of her best works

It really does have a sinister sound at parts (Especially the title track which is a trip hop masterpiece) and was my go to album when I visited NYC last year - So now it reminds me of NYC

It also contains one of my most adored Tori songs - Fire To Your Plain

I also saw someone drag it on Twitter the other day so to them I say kiss my ass

Fave Tracks - Give | Strong Black Vine | Flavor | Not Dying Today | Fire To Your Plain | Police Me | That Guy | Abnormally Attracted To Sin | 500 Miles | Mary Jane

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From The Choirgirl Hotel

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Tori's ability to write deeply personal songs never fails to amaze me as she does it in such a way that is cathartic for her while being relatable to her fans

This album has many career standouts that I personally regard as classics - And I feel this is one of her most iconic records

Fave Songs - Spark | Cruel | Black Dove (January) | Raspberry Swirl | Jackie's Strength | i i e e e | She's Your Cocaine | Hotel | Playboy Mommy | Purple People

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Little Earthquakes

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This is probably extremely cliche as I would bet many regard this as her best album

Most artists debut albums are not normally their best however this is a big exception

However this album is truly groundbreaking and deeply personal as it is influenced considerably by her rape - It truly helped create a discussion surrounding rape and sexual violence in the states

It gave a voice to victims and they found safety and understanding in this album

In addition to this it contains songs that I personally feel are very relatable - I think it is a very coming of age album in addition to its personal themes

Fave Songs - Literally all of them

So that is that

If you have never checked out Tori before or have thought about doing it I would highly encourage it

I think her discography has something for everyone and for sure something that everyone can relate to

Thanks again to @Hylia for introducing me to her

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The snappening! Native Invader almost feels like a follow up to Scarlet’s Walk which is why it was one of my faves at first listen. I also felt the same way about Little Earthquakes being better than sunder the Pink for a long time but one day it just kinda hit me that I kinda prefer UTP. I still don’t know why FTCGH doesn’t get the same acclaim that BFP does but both touch on different topics, and both excel in said topics so honestly I’m not even mad. 

 

Something @Skyline once pointed out to me is that stans who prefer her earlier work actually loved UP, so I’m glad to see someone else who doesn’t seem to gravitate towards one end of her discography. She definitely shifted her directions after Scarlet’s Walk but I love recent tori as much as I love older Tori.

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13 minutes ago, Hylia said:

The snappening! Native Invader almost feels like a follow up to Scarlet’s Walk which is why it was one of my faves at first listen. I also felt the same way about Little Earthquakes being better than sunder the Pink for a long time but one day it just kinda hit me that I kinda prefer UTP. I still don’t know why FTCGH doesn’t get the same acclaim that BFP does but both touch on different topics, and both excel in said topics so honestly I’m not even mad. 

 

Something @Skyline once pointed out to me is that stans who prefer her earlier work actually loved UP, so I’m glad to see someone else who doesn’t seem to gravitate towards one end of her discography. She definitely shifted her directions after Scarlet’s Walk but I love recent tori as much as I love older Tori.

A great serving of tea cry7

Also hell NAW at the watermarks coming back on the pics a mess

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I was listening to Native Invader last night actually, and I agree it deserves a top 5 !

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