Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces can only be described as a return to her roots. Her infamous and beloved Bosendorfer makes a pleasant return to her albums. It was descibed as a Christmas album but I think it’s more than that. It isn’t a religious album, it feels more like a celebration of winter or a Yule album. I love the gentle calm feeling that the album has. You are put into her world but in a good way not the quirky way that her past few albums have given us.
She jumps around with sounds, we hear songs that are traditionally classic (What Child, Nowell), some have a little Tori twist, sounding a little MidEastern Folk (Star of Wonder), some have a big band sound (Pink and Glitter), medieval (Candle: Coventry Carol), and music from the Dark Ages (Emmanuel). It all seems to mesh together in a nice flow that just gives you a wintery feel.
I think old Tori fans and people not looking for a traditional Christmas album will really love this. I give it 4 out of 5 Butterflies!