(2009) Midwinter Graces

Tori Amos

... read moreShe may be the daughter of a reverend, but Tori Amos never seemed the likeliest candidate for a Christmas album; she might sing about "God", but her music always seemed secular and never seasonal, but in a year that brought holiday albums by Bob Dylan and Sting, it makes perfect sense that Tori...

47′:43″ 12 Songs

1
What Child, Nowell
Tori Amos
3:44
2
Star Of Wonder
Tori Amos
3:50
3
A Silent Night With You
Tori Amos
3:22
4
Candle: Coventry Carol
Tori Amos
3:17
5
Holly, Ivy And Rose
Tori Amos
4:44
6
Harps Of Gold
Tori Amos
3:10
7
Snow Angel
Tori Amos
3:43
8
Jeanette, Isabella
Tori Amos
4:28
9
Pink And Glitter
Tori Amos
4:56
10
Emmanuel
Tori Amos
2:59
11
Winter's Carol
Tori Amos
5:19
12
Our New Year
Tori Amos
4:11
Released 01 January 2009, ℗ 2009 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

She may be the daughter of a reverend, but Tori Amos never seemed the likeliest candidate for a Christmas album; she might sing about "God", but her music always seemed secular and never seasonal, but in a year that brought holiday albums by Bob Dylan and Sting, it makes perfect sense that Tori should deliver one, too. Amos' entry, Midwinter Graces, may be as unlikely as Dylan's, but it's closer in tenor to Sting's: it captures the wintriness of the season. Tori reworks many familiar carols, tweaking lyrics and pushing them together into a medley, so they sound quite similar to the newly written tunes that comprise the rest of the record. Thanks to some familiar melodies, it can sometimes seem seasonally appropriate, but it always seems purely Tori. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine