“Drenched in drama, featuring Sparks’ torrid vocals splashed over self-penned, alternative roots-rock numbers that sizzle with authenticity.” --Performing Songwriter
Tori Sparks' highly anticipated second album Under This Yellow Sun was released in August 2007, the first to be released on her own label, Glass Mountain Records. The mélange of musical textures contained within the twelve tracks were the result of her first collaboration with co-producer David Henry (R.E.M., Ben Folds, Josh Rouse, Widespread Panic, Cowboy Junkies). Steve Bowman from Counting Crows, Aaron Sands from Jars of Clay, and many other talented musicians added their personal panache to the raw energy of Tori’s music. Under This Yellow Sun received high praise from critics in North America, Europe, even Australia and Japan, and became a favorite on indie Americana radio stations in the U.S. The disc Under This Yellow Sun also features a bonus music video for what would become Tori's best-loved song, “Cold War.” The swampy tune was selected a Unisong International Songwriting Contest Finalist, and later re-released by Universal Music France on their compilation Country Vol. 2 (40,000+ copies sold). Most recently, the song picked up by the CBS network television program Criminal Minds to promote their upcoming tenth season.
“Sparks proves herself a soulful songwriter and vocalist who at once manages both strength and vulnerability. An assured, auspicious disc that should bring [Sparks] deserved national attention.” [4 stars] --Creative Loafing
“Here’s a singer/songwriter with the strong, eloquent vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the guitar mastery of Joni Mitchell... a bounty of subtle rock and haunting blues." -- Relix
“Her voice just drips with emotion... damn near heartbreaking. ...The songs are well written, interesting and catchy without being trite. The musicianship is fabulous... Under This Yellow Sun is a fantastic album.” -- Collected Sounds