Post by emilywatson on Apr 15, 2007 9:00:00 GMT -5
I'm new to this site and maybe what I say below has already been covered in loads of other threads, but, hey, here it goes anyway!
After a long period of listening to Scarlet's Walk I recently went back and listened again to the first 3 albums.
Mmm........ Maybe it's just me, but I have always regarded the first 3 albums as "The Pain and Anger" albums. Choirgirl does have pain and issues, but for me there is an underlying upbeat, maybe even optimistic feel to it. It's as though Choirgirl both drew a line in the sand under things from her life to that point (ending with the miscarriage in "Playboy Mommy"), and was the starting point of her new life, perhaps represented by Jackie's Strength with the marriage theme.
I know that some people think of Pele and perhaps regard it as hard work when compared to the first two albums. For me it's the last part in a trilogy, and it just drips with depression and pain. Sometimes I think Pele is definitely my favourite Tori album, but I frequently change back again to Earthquakes and to be honest it's almost impossible for me to choose. They're both fantastic.
Sorry for the delay in replying, this board's a bit barren these days but...
I think you're right, I've always considered Tori's first three albums as her 'holy trinity' of work. No they're not perfect but when you consider her post-Pele output, half of which was simply so she could fulfill her Atlantic contract, they stand head and shoulders above the rest. Trouble is once the contract expired she was so luvved up living in Cornwall that I think she forgot that singing about fluffy kittens and flowers (well not really but you get the idea) doesn't sell records.
In the past I've likened her first three albums to a gut-punch. First you have the pain and intensity of the hit, secondly there's the intake of breath of the aftermath, then finally the disconnected sensation as you try to put things into perspective, why did it happen, what caused it....?
Scarlet's Walk was heading in the right direction...and then the Beekeeper came out. :peek:
ADP, well it's a bit early to tell but it does seem to contain echoes of her golden-age. A few more listens should prove it one war or the other.