Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
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Tori Amos, Live at the Sydney Opera House, 14th May.

Tori Amos is quite beautiful live.

In recent albums, I've only really liked Scarlet's Walk, and I was worried that a concert made up of her new album, The Beekeeper, might not be my thing. But the reality of it is that Amos is just really beautiful live: intimate, shy, and at the same time energetic (which is really quite something when you consider that it's just her, a piano, a keyboard and an organ on stage). When not singing, she comes across as being quite shy, and my only complaint of what she does is that there isn't much conversation with the audience, and what small moments there are feel rehearsed and scripted and if the audience steps outside that, Amos doesn't quite know what to do. But it's only a minor complaint--there's an easy willingness to overlook it, especially as you watch her sprint across stage and into the dark corners like a little girl after the music has finished.

On the venue side, the Sydney Opera House was absolutely suited to Amos' music. I can't imagine what people in the non-Sydney parts of Australia without the Opera House on the Harbour had, but it was less, I'm sure. It might be that I didn't go in with high expectations for the sounds, since D. told me horror stories about the sound at a previous gig she went too. (For some reason, I don't think the word gig suits what Amos does. Go figure.) So I went in there not knowing what to expect, keeping expectations low, especially since it was the first time since I was a kid that I had been into the Opera House to listen to music. But the sound was truly excellent.

The photos I've got are nothing special, since we were towards the back of the concert hall. But that's no real issue.


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