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Singaporean newspaper Today has also joined the ranks of the Night of Hunters reviewers. Their review, published in the September 6th edition, comes from Kevin Matthews who gives the album 5 stars out of 5, calling it a “powerful pop-rock work.”
Thanks to Muck for letting us know about this one!
Night Of Hunters | Tori Amos
Rating: 5/5 stars
by Kevin Mathews 04:45 AM Sep 06, 2011
Classical music and rock may seem like strange bedfellows, but ever since British band Procul Harum hit the top of the British charts in 1967 with its Bach-inspired single, A Whiter Shade Of Pale, baroque music influences have been a mainstay in rock.
So perhaps it is not surprising that for her 12th studio album, singer-songwriter Tori Amos has signed with German classical label Deutsche Grammophon and come up with the perfect classical-rock hybrid: Night Of Hunters.
Recorded in Cornwall – where she lives – Amos has fashioned an original song-cycle inspired by classical music themes and renowned composers such as Bach, Chopin, Satie and Schubert.
With the opening line (“That is not my blood on the bedroom floor” from Shattering Sea), Amos sets the tone with her robust piano-playing leading the way with dueling strings providing counterpoint.
The breathtakingly rustic Job’s Coffin finds Amos in folkier mood as woodwinds flutter in the breeze, while Nautical Twilight, a soaring mood piece, is yet another showcase of Amos’ melodic gifts.
Incredibly, Amos saves the best for last in the form of Carry – a melancholic ballad reminiscent of British warbler Kate Bush. The song’s memorable tune will stick in the mind long after the track has ended.
Night Of Hunters is an ambitious concept album and a welcome addition to anyone’s collection. It’s also proof positive that powerful pop-rock works continue to be made in this day and age.