Cruel (Tori Amos song)

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US and Canada Cruel single
Single by Tori Amos
from the album From the Choirgirl Hotel
Released November 24, 1998 (US)
December 18, 1998 (CA)
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Jackie's Strength"
"Cruel" / "Raspberry Swirl"

"Jackie's Strength"
"Cruel"/"Raspberry Swirl"

"Cruel" is a song written and performed by Tori Amos. It was released as the third single from her 1998 album From the Choirgirl Hotel . In the United States it was released as a double A-side single with "Raspberry Swirl", off the same album.

Tori Amos American singer-songwriter and pianist

Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination." Amos was the lead singer of the short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist in the early 1990s. Her songs focus on a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism, politics, and religion.

<i>From the Choirgirl Hotel</i> 1998 studio album by Tori Amos

From the Choirgirl Hotel is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Tori Amos, released on May 5, 1998. A departure from her previous albums, it was more a heavily produced project featuring a full rock band sound. The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and number 6 in the UK. While falling short of the number 2 debut for her previous album, Boys for Pele (1996), From the Choirgirl Hotel is Amos's strongest debut to date in US sales, selling 153,000 copies in the first week. As of 2008 it has sold 778,000 copies in US. In 1999, Amos received two Grammy nominations: Alternative Music Performance, and Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Raspberry Swirl".


Track listings

"Cruel" was released in the United States and Canada as a double A-side with "Raspberry Swirl".

US and Canada CD single

  1. "Cruel" (Shady Feline Mix) – 3:51
  2. "Raspberry Swirl (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:41
  3. "Ambient Raspberry Swirl" (Scarlet Spectrum Feels) – 8:10
  4. "Mainline Cherry" (Ambient Spark) – 5:11

US 7" vinyl single (Atlantic 7-84412)

  1. "Raspberry Swirl" (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:39
  2. "Cruel" (Shady Feline Mix) – 3:49


Year Chart Position
1998Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales (US) [1] 38
1998 Top Canadian Singles20

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