Spin - p.72
"[A] wildly imaginative ride full of orchestral fireworks and fairy-tale melodrama..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.74
"Tori goes all classical master, playing lovely piano variations on Debussy, Satie, and more..."
Magnet - pp.52-53
"NIGHT combines classical and flighty pop quite masterfully."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.883 stars out of 5
-- "The sonic landscape resembles a lush forest at night, recalling with its eeriness and charm Danny Elfman's scores for Tim Burton movies.
Uncut (magazine) - p.814 stars out of 5
-- "Her piano and voice is backed by DG's leading instrumental players, who interpolate each classical snippet like a hip hop producer. It's a gimmick that works surprisingly well..."
Personnel: Pawel Zalejski, Bartosz Zachlod (violin); Piotr Szumiel (viola); Piotr Skweres (cello); Laura Lucas (flute, alto flute); Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet); Nigel Shore (oboe); Peter Whelan (bassoon).
Audio Mixers: Marcel VanLimbeek; Mark Hawley.
Recording information: Martian Engineering, Cornwall, England.
Photographer: Victor De Mello.
Never one to shy away from trying something new, on this, her 12th album and follow-up to 2009's holiday effort Midwinter Graces, the flame-haired songstress takes inspiration from classical music to create a "21st century song cycle." Released on world-renowned German classical label Deutsche Grammophon, it sees her return to the stripped-back acoustic sound of her early career, featuring chamber instrumentation, such as strings and woodwinds, as she tells the story of a woman who "reinvents herself... [out of] the dying embers of a relationship."