Gold Dust (Tori Amos album)

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Gold Dust
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
Recorded Cornwall
Label Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics
Producer Tori Amos
Tori Amos chronology
Night of Hunters
Gold Dust
Unrepentant Geraldines
Singles from Gold Dust
  1. "Flavor"
    Released: September 6, 2012

Gold Dust is the 13th solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, released on October 1, 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon and Mercury Classics. The album is produced by Amos with arrangements by long-time collaborator John Philip Shenale. Inspired by and following in a similar vein as Amos's previous effort, the classical music album Night of Hunters (2011), Gold Dust features some of her previously released alternative rock and baroque pop songs re-worked in an orchestral setting. The material for Gold Dust, consisting of songs selected by Amos spanning her entire catalogue from Little Earthquakes (1992) through Midwinter Graces (2009), was recorded with the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley.



The stimulus to Gold Dust was a concert where Amos performed with the Metropole Orchestra as part of a "Week of the Metropole" series. The concert, performed at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on October 8, 2010, [1] was the first orchestral concert of Amos's career, and set the stage for recording the tracks that would comprise Gold Dust.

The project commemorates the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut solo album Little Earthquakes, as well as the music released since then. The collection has autobiographical leanings, with Amos opting for songs that represent a personal narrative instead of including a string of singles. Of the songs included in the project, Amos said, "[they are] a collection of new studio recordings of where they are now and who they have become". [2] Gold Dust mostly consists of songs culled from the 2010 Metropole Orchestra concert. While the original set list from the concert focused heavily on Amos's then-recent holiday album, Midwinter Graces, the focus for Gold Dust shifts with four of the album's 14 tracks from the Little Earthquakes era. In addition, three songs which were not performed during the concert were reworked for orchestra and added to extend the span of the collection over Amos's music catalogue.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 68/100 [3]
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [4]
American Songwriter Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
The A.V. Club C+ [6]
Paste 8.7/10 [7]
Slant Magazine Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]

Gold Dust was met with mixed reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic . This release received a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 13 reviews. [3] American Songwriter gave a glowing review of Gold Dust, stating that often Amos improves upon original versions of the songs and praising her skills as a musician, vocalist, and tunesmith.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Tori Amos.

No.TitleOriginal recordingLength
1."Flavor" Abnormally Attracted to Sin ; 20094:08
2."Yes, Anastasia" Under the Pink ; 19944:17
3."Jackie's Strength" From the Choirgirl Hotel ; 19984:32
4."Cloud on My Tongue"Under the Pink; 19944:23
5."Precious Things" Little Earthquakes ; 19924:44
6."Gold Dust" Scarlet's Walk ; 20025:45
7."Star of Wonder" Midwinter Graces ; 20093:46
8."Winter"Little Earthquakes; 19925:45
9."Flying Dutchman""China" single; 19926:21
10."Programmable Soda" American Doll Posse ; 20071:27
11."Snow Cherries from France" Tales of a Librarian ; 20033:01
12."Marianne" Boys for Pele ; 19964:08
13."Silent All These Years"Little Earthquakes; 19924:33
14."Girl Disappearing"American Doll Posse; 20074:06
Deluxe edition iTunes bonus track (UK/US)
No.TitleOriginal recordingLength
15."Maybe California" Abnormally Attracted to Sin ; 20094:20
Deluxe edition Amazon bonus track (UK)
No.TitleOriginal recordingLength
15."Snow Angel" Midwinter Graces ; 20093:42
Japan SHM-CD edition bonus tracks
No.TitleOriginal recordingLength
15."Maybe California" Abnormally Attracted to Sin ; 20094:20
16."Snow Angel" Midwinter Graces ; 20093:42




The chart below lists the peak positions for Gold Dust on various music charts around the world.

Chart (2012) [9] Peak
Australian Albums Chart [10] 60
UK Albums Chart [11] 36
US Billboard 200 63
US Billboard Top Rock Albums 25
US Billboard Top Classical Albums3
US Billboard Top Alternative Albums 16
US Billboard Tastemakers23

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