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Tori Amos debuts tour brilliantly

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Tori Amos
July 10
WaMu Theater


I compare the experience of seeing Tori Amos in concert to being in church; followers know her songs inside-out like the gospel of John, the set list glides in your ears as would an inspiring Sunday sermon, and at some point during the concert, whether you realize it or not, you've been blessed.

Amos opened her performance, and the entire "Sinful Attraction Tour," at WaMu Theater with "Give" from her newest album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Dressed in a green top, which unfortunately draped over her petite frame like a loose curtain, and gold lamé stockings, she then began an onslaught of early favorites as she dipped into "Siren," a track found on the Great Expectations film soundtrack.

"I decided to wear emerald green for the Emerald City, " said the multiple Grammy nominee, drawing loud cheers and whistles throughout the makeshift concert venue. She then performed a gorgeous rendition of "Welcome to England."

To the delight of loyal fans - those who discovered the alternative rock diva in the early '90s - this night would feature songs from way back when, including six in a row from albums released by 1996. "Cornflake Girl" was a crowd-pleaser, as was "Crucify," but the unexpected "Icicle" made diehard fans squirm in their seats, a delicately orchestrated number about the glory of masturbation.

Consistently bold over the years, Amos has wrapped elegant piano-driven tracks around life's most controversial subjects - rape, religion, sex - and usually from a woman's downward view of the typical, insensitive male.

"Graveyard," "Space Dog," and the mid-tempo "Sugar" all made an appearance on the evening's impressive roster.

A cover of Steve Nicks' "Landslide" was a surprise, played immediately after Amos spoke of her brother Michael introducing her to the sounds of The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, and Buckingham-Nicks. A high note of the performance had to be when she delivered a spine-tingling version of "Bells for Her," a lush piece and one of many entries Amos plucked from her luminous Under the Pink album. "Baker Baker" was yet another great addition to the set list from that album.

It was a simple stage set. Amos was parked at the center of the stage tapping on a mounted baby grand. Always the multitasker, she routinely whipped around to play two sets of keyboards behind her, and at times - like on the mystical "Starling" - she fiercely jammed on both, straddling a bench and either looking out to the audience with a smile or shaking her head. Amos was accompanied by a guitarist and her drummer-husband, Matt Chamberlain.

"Curtain Call," the best track on the new CD, was marvelous; despite being trapped in an exhibition hall-style setting, is still managed to balance gentle and intense sound. Ditto for "Carbon," the lone entry from 2002's Scarlett's Walk - this, of course, meant my personal request of "A Sorta Fairytale" went unmet.

A jumpy, fantastic run-through of "Precious Things" came at the end, and it displayed Amos' unique brilliancy of combining a sweeping piano arrangement and upfront lyrics.

Nearly a third of the crowd was comprised of Gay male fans, some who enthusiastically raced to the merchandise table to buy program books and T-shirts before the start of the concert. Indeed, some of Amos' faithful from the Gay community follow her from city to city or have attended at least one show from each of her tours.

A double encore closed out the performance, featuring "Digital Ghost," "Big Wheel," and a quite lovely rendition of "Past the Mission."

In a music scene dominated by pop stars and one-hit-wonders, Tori Amos has remained a force to be reckoned with, an artistically gifted singer-songwriter with a sense of wit and an imagination that stretches deep and wide. While her older albums overshadow the newer ones, she hasn't lost her edge or her knack to be cleverly whimsical - she begs to be heard, even to this day.

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