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Midwinter Graces

Tori Amos

Midwinter Graces

LabelIsland
VertriebUniversal Music
VÖ-Datum27.11.2009

Vor knapp einem halben Jahr war sie noch Attracted To Sin und nun schmiegt sich die rothaarige Frau sündiger Männerträume ganz pussierlich mit einem Weihnachtsalbum an die Herzen der Besinnlichkeit. Nur wenige Wochen nach Stings If On A Winter's Night, arbeitet sie mit ähnlichem Konzept, traditionelle Christmas Carols zu interpretieren und Eigenkompositionen zu komponieren. Im Gegensatz zu dem ehemaligen Police-Frontmann ist die Atmosphäre weniger mittelalerlich, sondern hält sich an die typischen Amos-Eigenarten - warm, liebevoll, gefühlvoll.

Dass ausgerechnet Tori Amos ein Weihnachtsalbum aufnehmen würde, war nicht so abwegig, schließlich ist sie als Pfarrerstochter hervorragend mit kirchlicher Musik vertraut. Und doch ist das Ergebnis eine Art Paradoxon, denn Amos ist nicht diejenige, die ihre spezielle Art des Vortrags ignoriert und sich viktorianisch streng oder kindlich verspielt an die Vorgaben hält. Amos denkt nicht daran, ein Familienalbum einzuspielen oder den Kindern einen Gefallen zu tun, in dem sie sich wie eine Vorzeigemutter à la Nena dem Thema widmet. Stattdessen klingt die 46-jährige US-Amerikanerin auch auf diesem Album stellenweise gewohnt leicht lasziv, zeitweise einen Hauch erotisch und ganz ihrem treuen Partner, ihrem Klavier, verfallen, auch wenn sie sich in ihren Vorträgen etwas zurücknimmt.

Ganz ehrfürchtig ist sie hingegen, wenn es um die Traditionals wie Candle geht. Das Timbre ihrer Stimme zeigt Amos dann als strenge Sängerin, die sich jegliche Improvisationsansätze verbietet und ganz im Sinne besinnlicher Feierlichkeit und kontrollierter Freude den Heiland besingt. Das einzige, was Amos komplett hintan stellt, sind ausufernde Dynamik und teuflische Dissonanzen. Vielleicht wird das die Kirchenoberen beruhigen und in Midwinter Graces den guten Willen Tori Amos erkennen, etwas sittlicher dieses Themas anzunehmen.

Tracklist:
  1. What Child, Nowell
  2. Star Of Wonder
  3. A Silent Night With You
  4. Candle: Coventry Carol
  5. Holly, Ivy And Rose
  6. Harps Of Gold
  7. Snow Angel
  8. Jeanette, Isabella
  9. Pink And Glitter
  10. Emmanuel
  11. Winter's Carol
  12. Our New Year
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