Concert Review
Boston Herald
September 1, 1999

Added September 7, 1998

The September 1, 1999 edition of the Boston Herald reviewed Tori's concert in Boston/Mansfield, MA on August 31, 1999.

Powerhouse pair work well together
by Sarah Rodman

Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos, at Tweeter Center, Mansfield, last night.

Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette on tour together? A few years ago promoters might've nixed this complementary, dual female tour. But in this post-Lilith world the powerhouse pairing of these two distinct singer-songwriters filled the Tweeter Center to near capacity last night.

Isn't it ironic?

The distaff duo, on what they've dubbed the "5 Weeks" tour, each played seventy-five minute sets, with Amos graciously ceding the top slot to her younger friend.

The shorter sets were the perfect length to appreciate the stunning strengths of both women without getting bogged down in what can be their annoying affectations.

Amos set the tone with a superb, rollicking show that began with an agitated "God." Her addition of a backing trio continues to make for engaging, funky performances.

"Cornflake Girl" was marked by ominous bass lines and furious piano key strokes while a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Angie" was filled with longing and hurt.

While Amos' piano bench thrashings came off as seductive and inviting, Morissette's restless stalking of the stage and spasmodic choreography seem more inward looking.

Both clearly enjoy living inside their grooves, however. Morissette began warmly with the playful harmonica warbles of "Hand in My Pocket" before moving into the churning wah-wah licks of "All I Really Want."

"You Oughta Know" was recast with sinuous bass and tense guitar work that made the song more a crimson fury than wildly desperate.

A new song "Still," from Morissette's upcoming film "Dogma" in which she portrays God, was notable for its lyrics.

Morissette wrote it from her character's point of view and its magnanimity of perspective showed a real eloquence and appreciation for individual spirituality.

That feeling carried into the majesty of piano anthem "Uninvited" and the gracious night closer "Thank You."

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