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February 1, 1996

But she's unimpressed

From Correspondent Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Tori Amos is a musician with a unique style that has won her a wide following in record stores and on the Internet.

In a time when strong, spiritual, angry women are selling more records and winning more awards than ever before, Amos' newest album, "Boys for Pele," is likely to attract some new fans as well as be the main topic of a growing number of home pages.

Her voice is sultry and her music is often shocking. When she describes her newest album, it sounds mouth-watering. "It makes me think of mushroom pasta with dripping garlic bread and butter, not margarine, no margarine on this record, it's all butter," Amos says.

"Boys for Pele" is Amos' third major label album since the critically hailed "Little Earthquakes" in 1992, featuring such favorites as "Silent All These Years."

"'Little Earthquakes,' in truth, was much more like a diary form of things that have happened in my whole life, finding my own voice. This is the record where I declaim my own fire, instead of stealing from the men in my life, which I've done in the past," Amos says.

On this album, she steals from no one. It is entirely self-penned and produced, giving Amos complete creative freedom. "This is the dark side of my heart, the hidden side, you know? The little pearl that sort of got pushed away cause she wasn't as shiny as the white one or the black one."

Bright and shiny or dark and mysterious, Amos likes her music to reflect her passion for life.

"I usually get myself into situations that cause sparks. I mean I'm a girl that likes the storms. I love feeling alive, I love walking out in the cold in my bare feet and feeling the ice on my toes," Amos says.

About the only thing Amos isn't into is the Internet, where she is one of the most popular musicians, popping up in over 30 Web sites.

"I feel very removed from that because I don't even know what a Web is," she says.

She may not know what one is, but that hasn't stopped her music from making history there. Her new single was one of the first ever to have its worldwide release on the World Wide Web.


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