I just picked up the new Tori Amos album, American Girl Posse and am playing it as I type. I’m so excited – I haven’t had new Tori music since The Beekeeper! The girl simply fascinates me..she has ever since Under The Pink released back in 1994. Here’s a snippet of her interview she did with the Toronto Star:
Q What compelled you to explore this idea of the “dismembered feminine?”
A The female types in Christianity â€“ from the point of view of the minister’s daughter â€“ were amputated: mother Mary not having her sexuality and Magdalene not having her spirituality. This drives me to tell the story of the complexity of woman. Female sexuality is breaking my heart now: to rebel, women are demeaning themselves.
Q Often in pop, image is used to obscure lack of talent and substance; why risk taking the focus off your lyrics and message with these different characters?
A Everything’s an image. As you become older as a woman you recognize that. The red-headed girl at the piano? It’s not the only choice, if I’m honest with you, I could have made. There are many sides to the women I know that are much more complex. Their boyfriends look at them thinking they know (them), and I’m sitting there thinking, if I were a guy I’d be stealing her from you. I’ve always thought Johnny Depp may know how a woman tastes, but I know how she thinks. We’re the same age, Johnny Depp and I.
If interested, you can read the rest of her interview here. In the meantime, I’m going to be here – getting to know her new album.