180 Gram Pink Vinyl! Numbered, Limited Edition! Features "Cornflake Girl", "Yes, Anastasia", "God" & More!
This extraordinary album was quite different from its predecessor, Little Earthquakes. It was finally titled Under The Pink , after another titleGod With A Big Gwas contemplated and rejected. Propelled by the early January release of the anxiously awaited new single Cornflake Girl, Tori went straight to number one in the UK. The album was recorded in New Mexico and Los Angeles; strings were added in Los Angeles and mixed in London.
While several soft-loud-soft tunes betray a clear debt to Nirvana-style grunge, overall this album represents a more acoustic piano-based sound, and most of the final third of the album is devoted to a classical-inspired suite of piano songs, including the sweeping nine-and-a-half minute epic "Yes, Anastasia". Amos used a prepared upright piano for the studio recording of "Bells for Her", which was also played on a prepared piano for the second half of the tour. It was voted among the greatest albums of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine some years later.
Amos has described the meaning of the song "Yes, Anastasia" to the media. The song is about the life of Anastasia Romanova, a grand duchess of Russia who was the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Amos explained that she had once become sick from eating bad crabs in Maryland. She explained that while performing a sound check, she was influenced by Romanov's presence. "Needless to say, when you are very, very ill, it is easier to communicate with your source... you are fragile and vulnerable... Now I have only heard of her story, I've got no point to make. She comes and goes 'You've got to write my tune.' I go 'Ohhh, now's not a really good time.' She says 'No, you've got to understand something from this, there's something here that you've got to come to terms with.' And that night came." Amos said that the lyrics "We'll see how brave you are" means so many different things to her; it is a part of her self saying "If you really want a challenge, just deal with yourself."
"Under the Pink, Tori Amos' second solo album, continues the singer/songwriter's exploration of her life's journey from the confines of a strict religious upbringing to personal and artistic freedom. She is armed with an attention-grabbing mezzo-soprano and lyrics that can kill with a turn of phrase... The album is focused, the lyrics quirky and personable, the melodies eccentric enough to entice and simple enough to be catchy. Those qualities and her emotional fearlessness make Tori Amos a musical find to treasure." - Marie Elsie St. Leger, Rolling Stone, Rated 3.5/5
"After sharing personal and emotional accounts on her stunning debut, Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos stirs those sensations up for an eclectic yet beautiful account of female security on Under the Pink. Being a woman, she's always in question of her actions, calling out and interrogating the opposite sex for her own pleasure. But it's not necessarily with a scolding tone. She's playful with her signature piano accompaniment, but allows for a twisted mess of guitars, violins, and bass loops, which are quite enigmatic like Kate Bush as well... a pioneer for female originality and independence..." - MacKenzie Wilson, allmusic.com, Rated 4.5/5
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1. Pretty Good Year
3. Bells For Her
4. Past The Mission
5. Baker Baker
6. The Wrong Band
7. The Waitress
8. Cornflake Girl
10. Cloud On My Tounge
11. Space Dog
12. Yes, Anastasia