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September 18, 2006

Tori Amos Straps on Her High Heels

by Jessica Robertson

Though Tori Amos remains elusive about her new album, which she is currently finishing at her home studio in Cornwall, England, the minister's daughter will say she's been digging in something fierce.

"I'm in the thick of it," Amos says of the follow-up to 2005's 'The Beekeeper.' "Without giving anything away, I have my high heels on. I like the way that feels."

As for when fans can expect the release, Amos says she'll have "something for you to shag to by Beltane," with an extensive tour to follow.

Meanwhile, the piano provocateur releases 'A Piano: The Collection,' an 86-song, five-disc set that chronicles Amos' nearly 16-year solo career, on Sept. 26. "My goal was to try and be objective," she says of the effort. "When you're putting together a work of this magnitude, it has to work as a body of work now, not as individual records over the years. There's a side of me that really forced myself to be in the producer's chair, and that means that you have to make decisions sometimes where the emotional self has to walk out the door for a minute, because you can get attached to things for the wrong reasons."

All of this isn't to say she's all work and no play. Earlier this month Amos took time away from recording to celebrate her daughter's sixth birthday.

"We had 35 five- and six-year-olds here," Amos recalls. "Normally, we get lucky for her parties and have halfway decent weather in England, but of course it was a torrential downpour, so the bouncy castle was soaking wet. I had to send some of the crewmen out there sliding around on towels so that the [kids] in the last 20 minutes could do their assault course before they went home soaked to their parents. You have to time it so they're not hanging out on top of your Bosendorfer [piano] completely soaked and you've got two hours until their mom shows up."

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