Album review: Gold Dust - Tori Amos

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2012
Gold Dust - Tori Amos
Gold Dust - Tori Amos

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GOLD DUST
Tori Amos
(Sony)

After a dozen albums and a couple of decades-worth of fame, Tori Amos could be forgiven for resting on her back-catalogue laurels, but her decision to reclothe 14 seemingly random tracks (missing "best of" no-brainers such as Cornflake Girl and Crucify) in the grandiose robes of the Netherlands' Metropole Orchestra is a bit of a surprise.

Since Amos was hardly renowned for her stripped-bare sound back in the day, sometimes it's hard to hear exactly what the 50-odd extra instruments bring that's so very different - but since she's mined 10 of her past full-lengthers for tracks to cover, the result is an accomplished resume of her razor-wire lyrics and screech soprano vocals.

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