Tori Amos is playing fairy godmother, delivering an early Yuletide gift to her fans.
Tori Amos is playing fairy godmother, delivering an early Yuletide gift to her fans. Twenty of them, actually, wrapped up in a greatest-hits album and topped off with a bonus DVD. Among the requisite favorites are the career-defining "Cornflake Girl," "Precious Things" and "God." Amos enhances the collection by subtly retouching each track, adding an echo to a vocal here ("Crucify"), a backdrop of strings or tempo alteration there ("Jackie's Strength"). We are also treated to the previously unreleased "Snow Cherries From France" and "Angels," as well as rerecorded versions of rarities "Mary" and "Sweet Dreams." A vamped-up "Professional Widow" will please her dancefloor fans. Unfortunately, her innovative covers ("Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Angie") did not make the cut. But we thank her all the same.—CLT