Gold Dust (Tori Amos album)

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Gold Dust
Compilation album by Tori Amos
Released 1 October 2012 (UK)
2 October 2012 (North America)
Recorded Cornwall
Genre Classical, chamber, traditional
Label Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics
Producer Tori Amos
Tori Amos chronology
Night of Hunters
(2011)
Gold Dust
(2012)
Unrepentant Geraldines
(2014)
Singles from Gold Dust
  1. "Flavor"
    Released: September 6, 2012

Gold Dust is the thirteenth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, released on October 1, 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon and Mercury Classics. The album is produced by Amos with arrangements by long-time collaborator John Philip Shenale. Inspired by and following in a similar vein as Amos's previous effort, the classical music album Night of Hunters (2011), Gold Dust features some of her previously released alternative rock and baroque pop songs re-worked in an orchestral setting. The material for Gold Dust, consisting of songs selected by Amos spanning her entire catalogue from Little Earthquakes (1992) through Midwinter Graces (2009), was recorded with the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley.

Background[edit]

The stimulus to Gold Dust was a concert where Amos performed with the Metropole Orchestra as part of a "Week of the Metropole" series. The concert, performed at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on October 8, 2010,[1] was the first orchestral concert of Amos's career, and set the stage for recording the tracks that would comprise Gold Dust.

The project commemorates the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut solo album Little Earthquakes, as well as the music released since then. The collection has autobiographical leanings, with Amos opting for songs that represent a personal narrative instead of including a string of singles. Of the songs included in the project, Amos said, "[they are] a collection of new studio recordings of where they are now and who they have become".[2] Gold Dust mostly consists of songs culled from the 2010 Metropole Orchestra concert. While the original set list from the concert focused heavily on Amos's then-recent holiday album, Midwinter Graces, the focus for Gold Dust shifts with four of the album's 14 tracks from the Little Earthquakes era. In addition, three songs which were not performed during the concert were reworked for orchestra and added to extend the span of the collection over Amos's music catalogue.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tori Amos

No. Title Original recording Length
1. "Flavor"   Abnormally Attracted to Sin; 2009 4:08
2. "Yes, Anastasia"   Under the Pink; 1994 4:17
3. "Jackie's Strength"   From the Choirgirl Hotel; 1998 4:32
4. "Cloud on My Tongue"   Under the Pink; 1994 4:23
5. "Precious Things"   Little Earthquakes; 1992 4:44
6. "Gold Dust"   Scarlet's Walk; 2002 5:45
7. "Star of Wonder"   Midwinter Graces; 2009 3:46
8. "Winter"   Little Earthquakes; 1992 5:45
9. "Flying Dutchman"   China single; 1992 6:21
10. "Programmable Soda"   American Doll Posse; 2007 1:27
11. "Snow Cherries from France"   Tales of a Librarian; 2003 3:01
12. "Marianne"   Boys for Pele; 1996 4:08
13. "Silent All These Years"   Little Earthquakes; 1992 4:33
14. "Girl Disappearing"   American Doll Posse; 2007 4:06

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Tori Amos – record producer
  • Mark Hawley – Engineer, mixer
  • Marcel VanLimbeek – Engineer, mixer
  • Dirk Overeem – Assistant Engineer
  • Henk Heijink – Artistic Producer
  • Danielle Levitt – Cover Photo, Photography
  • Dennis Martin – Photography
  • Sean Mosher-Smith – Photography
  • Karen Binns – Stylist

Reception[edit]

American Songwriter gave a glowing review of Gold Dust, stating that often Amos improves upon original versions of the songs and praising her skills as a musician, vocalist, and tunesmith.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68%[† 1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
American Songwriter 4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. Club C+[8]
Paste 8.7/10[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]

Chart positions[edit]

The chart below lists the peak positions for Gold Dust on various music charts around the world.

Chart (2012)[11] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 60
Billboard 200 (U.S.) 63
Billboard Top Rock Albums 25
Billboard Top Classical Albums 3
Billboard Top Alternative Albums 16
Billboard Tastemakers 23
UK Albums Chart[12] 36

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Based upon 13 reviews according to Metacritic
    "Gold Dust Review". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De Week van het Metropole". last.fm. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ Bort, Ryan (2012-06-11). "Tori Amos Announces New Album, Gold Dust". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "iTunes". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Amazon". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  5. ^ "discogs". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  6. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Gold Dust Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  7. ^ Allen, Eric (2012-09-28). "Album Review". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  8. ^ Zaleski, Annie (2012-10-09). "Tori Amos: Gold Dust". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  9. ^ Gleason, Holly (2012-10-02). "Tori Amos: Gold Dust". Paste (magazine). Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  10. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2012-09-30). "Tori Amos: Gold Dust". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Gold Dust - Tori Amos". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/tori%20amos/

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