Night of the Hunter
Review by G. W. Hill
Tori Amos describes this album in this way, “I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself, allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us."
Certainly, I wouldn’t put all Amos’ music under the heading of progressive rock, but based on that explanation, that label clearly applies to this release. It’s quite a bit different from a lot of Amos’ other albums, but there are definitely links to her previous catalog. All the tracks are actually based musically on classical pieces. I’m not sure this will ever make it into my list of favorite Tori Amos albums, but it certainly is a good disc that grows on the listener with repeated exposure.