Pure sex. That is how I describe the magnificent Ms. Amos. Tori's performance this past Saturday at D.C.'s Constitution Hall was cathartic through and through. Touring to support her tenth studio album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, it seems that the songstress is still reinventing and pushing her own boundaries. As to be expected, there was quite a bit of the new material on the setlist, but there were plenty of the classics as well.
First off, Tori is one lady who knows how to dress and how to make an appearance. Her metallicy-gold leggings and flowing dress were stunning, perfect compliments to her waist-length red hair. I swear age has done nothing but improve her.
She opened with a new one, "Give," and it was eerie and brilliant. Then she started some hot fire with "Body and Soul" and didn't let up, pulling out "Cornflake Girl" early in the set. "Space Dog" is a personal favorite, so I was quite pleased when I heard the opening line "way to go Mr. Microphone."
"Icicle" was just magnificent, a definite crowd favorite. The lyric "the good book is missing some pages" was met with thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. One of the multitude of goosebump moments that night.
One of my instant favorites from the new album is the incredibly fun, "Mary Jane." I was so surprised when Tori started telling the story about the young boy (presumably her nephew) who wanted to have Mary Jane over while his mom was away in Italy. This song was a little cherry on top for me, didn't expect it at all. Another high point was "Precious Things." I could hear this one every time I see her and it will always delight me. "Strong Black Vine" was an ideal follow-up, and the ending to that song was INTENSE. Finally, we got that possessed version of Tori where she was almost screaming, "Push out that evil boys like a motherfucker. My mom is not your cocksucker." Yes. I want a soundboard of this.
It was apparent throughout the show that Tori was having a great time and was thrilled to be there. Lots of energy, lots of shimmying and a bit of banter between songs. The lighting was a subtle enhancement to each song, simple yet obviously well thought-out. I was not at all disappointed by her last visit to D.C. in '07, but this one was more powerful for me. For some artists, a concert is just a series of songs; with Tori, it is art, an event, a production.
Body and Soul
Pretty Good Year
A Sorta Fairytale
Strong Black Vine
Bouncing off Clouds