LADY AND THE AMP
Beloved '90s girl rockers grow up
We may have (begrudgingly) tossed our Birkenstocks and stopped lamenting the death of Lilith Fair, but we do still love us some ’90s chick rock.
That said, we also like seeing our favorite singer-songwriters continue to mature as musicians. Here, three new albums that totally hold up.
Tori Amos, Gold Dust With her velvety voice, virtuosic piano and angsty-obtuse lyrics, Tori was the ’90s poster girl. Her new collection (recorded with the 60-piece Metropole Orchestra) revisits highlights from her 20-year catalog. Old favorites like “Silent All These Years” and “Winter” are more swelling than their original versions, yet just as impactful.
Aimee Mann, Charmer Oh, Aimee, is there anything you can’t make cool? The smart-girl rocker’s new album is dedicated to ridding oneself of a cynical frame of mind, a concept that--in the wrong hands--could easily feel lame. Luckily, intelligent and poppy songs like “Labrador” make us willing to buy her argument.
Beth Orton, Sugaring Season Best known for her ’90s collaborations with the Chemical Brothers, British singer-songwriter Beth Orton has always courted a hauntingly trippy vibe. Her first album in six years brings this hypnotic quality to an older English folk sound. The single “Magpie” makes for perfect rainy-day chill music.