Over a nearly 20-year career, Tori Amos has been quite the musical provocateur. Whether she’s covering topics such as feminism, sexuality or personal tragedies or turning heads with idiosyncratic versions of alt-rock anthems like Smells Like Teen Spirit - with a piano as her primary instrument! - her next move is almost impossible to pin down.
Which is just one of the reasons her new disc, Midwinter Graces, is such a delightful surprise. Rather than label it a ‘Christmas record,’ Amos calls it a ‘solstice album.’
But don’t let that fool you - it’s filled with shimmering, soothing Amos originals like A Silent Night With You (watch the video here), custom-made for quiet evenings by the fire, along with ‘Tori-fied’ reworkings of classics like Star Of Wonder (We Three Kings) and What Child, Nowell.
MusicRadar spoke with Tori Amos recently about the making of Widwinter Graces. You can check out our exclusive interview and podcast right here. (Warning to all "Bah! Humbug!" types: she's a charmer.)