Published on 3 November 2021 at 15:53

By Paul Laird

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Only a fool would not judge by appearances.” 

(Oscar Wilde


He was proper clever that Oscar Wilde. 

Very witty. 

Beautifully turned out too. 



He was, of course, absolutely correct about appearances too. While the herd may bray about  never judging a book by its cover, the truth (rarely pure and never simple) is that the outside  reveals much about the inside. 


It can’t be all surface, of course. 

But I’m not interested in no surface. 

What do we find on the cover of “Ocean to Ocean”? 

A shoreline in the distance, offering escape and adventure. 


And high on a mountain top, Tori Amos herself. Dressed all in black, like a shadow made real.  Her hair cascading over her shoulders, like fire. Her skin like ivory, pure and perfect. It is a  carefully composed image. The most important thing though is the fact that Amos is not facing  out towards the ocean…instead her gaze is turned towards, somewhere, or someone, else.  Turning back, looking back, but not in anger, but with longing, yearning? 



Questions posed. 

Questions unanswered. 


I’ll find my own answers, reach my own conclusions. 

I’m not a child. 

Not entirely. 

What lies beneath? 


Eleven songs that confirm, reaffirm, the fact that Amos is one of the greatest singer-songwriters.  She sings with such grace, such purity, such passion, such fury and such compassion that it  breaks your heart, pieces it back together and massages it back to life…sometimes within a  single line. She plays with a deft, delicate, dreamlike, touch. Crafting backgrounds and  landscapes where the voice and the words can breathe and live.


These are songs of renewal and self-discovery. Of falling and rising. Of plunging into the ocean  and breathing. Broken hearts, broken dreams, broken parts. These are songs that reveal an artist  who, after sixteen albums, is still finding new things to say, new ways to say those things and new  ways to impress upon us all that she matters. 


"Ocean To Ocean" is out now and the singed CD version can be purchased here.


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