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Claire Allfree’s Midwinter Graces review for Metro.co.uk was posted on the web yesteday, November 9th. As with many opinions on the album so far, some songs she likes, some songs she doesn’t like, resulting in a 3 star (out of 5) grade.
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Happy holidays from Tori Amos
Tori Amos: Midwinter Graces (Island)
By CLAIRE ALLFREE – Monday, November 9, 2009
3 stars out of 5
With a few notable exceptions, not many artists pull off that seasonal chestnut, the Christmas album (yes, Bob Dylan, we’re talking to you).
Tori Amos is an unlikely candidate – she has subverted religious iconography in the past – and opts for a different kind of celebration on Midwinter Graces, a collection of original and reworked traditional material.
Amos’s extravagant approach isn’t best suited to this material but she acquits herself decently enough on Candle: Coventry Carol; a stately version of Emmanuel; and on standout track Winter’s Carol, here steeped in an old, mysterious midnight.
Yet Harps Of Gold has nasty, 1980s throwback synths’n‘bells backing while Pink And Glitter is an incongruous blast of after-dinner big-band pastiche.
Hit and miss – much like most of Amos’s recent output.