12/16/20 Brand New Christmas Record from Tori Amos

Tori Amos has just released her new Christmas record, Christmastide. It’s her second Christmas record (I featured songs from Midwinter Graces way back on December 5, 2011).

Like Andrew Birds new Christmas record, Amos’ four-song, all original Christmastide was written and produced entirely during the pandemic.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Amos said, “With Christmastide it was important to be positive and to try and lift people’s spirits. It’s a time of year that should be joyful with family and friends but also can sadly be a very lonely place for some. Many families will be unable to be together this year because of the pandemic… I hope these songs contained in this beautiful package can be a small treat to help along the way.”

Amos songs don’t scream Christmas. There are no sleigh bells. The lyrics barely make reference to the holiday season. Yet, the songs are full of hope and that I believe is the message Amos is conveying.

As a few of the artists I’ve featured this year, Tori Amos isn’t for everyone. Amos even admits, “I’m an acquired taste. I’m anchovies.” Great way to put it. I’ll feature two songs from Christmastide tonight.


Tori Amos – Christmastide

Tori Amos – Better Angels

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