When I first heard and saw flame-haired siren Tori Amos, I dismissed her as a stateside attempt to reproduce Kate Bush.
But, on careful listening, this North Carolina lass is obviously much more.
Tori is playing at the O2 Academy, May 10, where she will be promoting her new 14th album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
From her debut, 1988 album Y Kant Tori Read, the singer and piano player has followed a distinctive path.
The world first became aware of the mezzo-soprano range of Ms Amos after the release of her first solo album, Little Earthquakes, which wasn’t even her best seller.
That is reserved for her third solo album, 1996s Boys for Pele, which reached number two in both the British and American charts.
Britphile Amos divides her time between living in America and a home in Cornwall.
Towards the end of last year saw the launch of her much-anticipated musical project adaptation of George MacDonald’s The Light Princess, along with book writer Samuel Adamson and Marianne Elliott.
Amos is a classically-trained musician who has recorded music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert. Her album, Night of the Hunters, features the music of all of these composers, recorded with some of the musicians from the Apollon Musagète string quartet.
The O2 audience can look forward to all Amos’s old hits, such as Crucify, Silent All These Years, China and Me and a Gun to tracks from her new album such as the first single to be released: Trouble’s Lament.
Tickets to see Tori Amos are £25 from 0844 477 2000.