Tori Amos - "Trouble's Lament"

It’s been five years since the last “real” Tori Amos album, Abnormally Attracted To Sin, but the singer/pianist is officially back. “Trouble’s Lament” is exactly what we want from Tori: quietly mobile piano and simple guitar figures; a sucrose sound that hints at something more sour. The lyrics tell a story about how trouble seems to always find its way to new places: “Trouble got evicted/ from the Devil’s lair…Now the flames from Satan’s tongue are charged/ and licking at her heels.” Listen to the new track and check out her tour dates below.

Tori’s new album Unrepentant Gates is out 5/13 via Mercury Classics.

Tour Dates:
07/16 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
07/17 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
07/18 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
07/21 Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
07/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
07/24 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
07/25 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
07/27 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
07/29 Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
07/30 Austin, TX @ Long Center
08/01 St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
08/02 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
08/03 St. Paul, MN @ The O’Shaughnessy
08/05 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
08/06 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
08/07 Cleveland, OH @ Cain Park
08/08 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
08/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall
08/12 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
08/13 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
08/15 Boston, MA @ Opera House
08/16 Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
08/18 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
08/19 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb-Energy PAC
08/20 Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
08/22 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
08/23 Orlando, FL @ Bob Carr PAC
08/24 Miami, FL @ Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theatre

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Comments (9)
  1. I have to give Tori credit after all of these years: She has a large loyal fanbase, she’s neither lauded by tastemakers nor is she pop radio fodder, and she just keeps doing her own thing.

    • Her large loyal fanbase is half the reason why she hasn’t made a great album in 10-15 years.

      • HA! I wouldn’t disagree with you since it’s almost a cliche as to what you can expect her music to sound like, but she knows what her audience wants and she’s still able to sell out large theater venues after all of these years with it. What I’ve learned from Tori Amos’ diehard fans is that they’re the type of people who have a limited range on what music they listen to, and for them, Tori serving up more Tori with just the slightest bit of aesthetic nuances has them eating out of her hand.

        • Re: her fans and the music she makes now, in both _’s and charliepanayi’s comments: I think that’s a bit harsh. I mean, her music definitely doesn’t have the same spark (sorry) that it used to, but I chalk that up to the fact that she seems pretty happy now, and not to mention that’s it pretty difficult to keep your music fresh and interesting over such an extended (and prolific) period of time. I hate to sound like an artist needs to suffer in order to make interesting music, but that inner turmoil is what charged her music throughout the 90s, even for the songs where she wasn’t trying to expand her sonic palette (which is something she did push more and more as the millennium approached). I think that after she spent the better part of 10 years working out her demons in the recording studio and on stage, and settled down with a family, she felt the need to go more conceptual, to try and keep her work interesting. Granted, I don’t think it entirely worked… maybe it would have been more interesting had she not settled on a more pop-focused sound after Scarlet’s Walk… but I don’t think I can say she hasn’t tried.

          (And also, yes, I used to be a huge Tori fan. Not quite a die hard who found her infallible, but she was one of my two favorite artists up until the middle of her concept album phase, where my interest dropped precipitously.)

        • That’s me when it comes to Teenage Fanclub. Just write and record more songs dammit.

  2. I used to be a die hard Tori fan (I have 3 Tori tattoos, a milk crate full of Tori collectables, vinyls, etc). I just find her work is taking a back seat to the Tori aesthetic post Scarlet’s Walk which is sad because she is immensely talented. This song is not terrible. Hopefully the rest will not be so bad either.

  3. Just meh, as it was once hip to say. Just as it was once hip to like Tori Amos, but she’s not doing it for me these days. By the looks of it, I think she’s spending way too much time at the following places: the gym, the salon and the plastic surgeon’s and not enough time writing good songs.

  4. Just noticed you’ve called the album ‘Unrepentant Gates’, though it’s ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’ :)

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