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Tori Amos

Tales of a Librarian

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Published November 27, 2003.Tori AmosTales of a Librarian (Atlantic)With no bona fide hits and only a few singles in her career, Tori Amos’s best-of collection inherently avoids the trap of existing to appease half-assed listeners who don’t own any albums. It’s a fan’s compilation, culling 20 songs from her first five records (and four b-sides) that have been re-furbished—new strings on the still haunting “Silent All These Years,” an extra choral refrain on “Way Down.” The liner notes are gorgeous, styled after the Dewey Decimal system. Precious things, indeed. —Tara Thorne

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