Spinner.com is offering a free legal MP3 of Tori Amos's new ballad Maybe California. The track is a big John Philip Shenale-conducted epic. Not bad by any means, but it's no Gold Dust or 10,000 Oceans for sure. If you download it, you'll also get a small surprise regarding the artist and album title...
Tori Amos Maybe California:
The accompanying visualette (sigh) is a variation on the Welcome To England video. Which begs the question: Are all the visualettes (cough) going to be Robotic Stepford Tori traipsing listlessly around various locales in extreme couture? This video does have some beautiful images in its final moments, but I yearn for the overalls-wearing Tori who was able to move her facial muscles enough to show us her dimples. She was real. This girl is not.
Over the last few albums, I feel like Tori is really putting up a wall between her fans and her true self. She performs in "character" and does videos like this. Interviews are pretty serious, so we don't get a sense of who she is now. Maybe that's natural - Tori is not the first to do it, but it makes her less interesting to me. I don't care what Pip or Clyde thinks, I care what Tori thinks.
The first review of Tori's new album is now up and it's basically a variation on the reviews we've read for the last few albums. More of the same, darklings. Whatever, we'll always have Tori at her full power.