Wings

Album: Native Invader (2017)

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  • Here, Tori Amos tackles the need for men to show emotional vulnerability.

    Sometimes, big boys, they need to cry

    Asked by The Guardian if she is referencing anyone in particular here, Amos replied: "Oh, I see it all around me: in my marriage, in my crew."

    She added: "Listen, we have all heard men being called a certain female body part when they cry. And we all know the real power of that body part; talk about a multitasker! Emotional vulnerability takes bravery. Great male leaders through the ages have understood this."
  • Amos took some '80s inspiration from Midge Ure and his new wave band Ultravox, particularly the 1980 hit "Vienna." She recalled in a 2017 Reddit AMA: "I had been listening to Midge Ure because he was on TV at the gym, and I was trying to make it look like I was really working out, but all I was doing was listening to the song, listening to the structure. But what I was doing was crawling inside the structure of 'Vienna,' which put me in an '80s frame of mind. And I thought about being a safe place for the men in my life, letting them cry if they need to cry. A writer I know said to me, that she was sad to say she wasn't always a safe place when men she looked up to would cry because she was taught it was a sign of weakness. Especially today, we certainly need to think of a safe place for men to be able to cry when they need to cry."
  • Native Invader is Amos' 15th solo album. She explained the theme of the record on her website: "The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other? In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager - both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?"

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