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Abnormally Attracted to Sin Box set, Import

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Tori Amos has an extraordinary fan base. It’s not unusual to hear her listeners explain how a song changed their life, through its ability to alter perspective and heal. Or even that a song might have saved their life. Since the release of her debut Little Earthquakes 20 years ago in 1992, where she smashed apart boundaries with her piano rock and raw, confessional poetry, Amos continues ... Read more in Amazon's Tori Amos Store

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001Y44EY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Carroll on 9 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My Favourite Tori Albums are Little Earthquakes, Choiregirl Hotel, To Venus and Back & Scarlets Walk and now this is added to them. I never bothered with the Beekeeper, Pele and I found Posse unappealing and hard to get into.

This is probably the best, as it's the most consistent all the way through and the most listenable. The madness/quirkiness is played down a bit which suits me and it allows the album to flow from start to finish.

I loved the DVD I think it works really well as an alternative way to listen to the tracks. Tori doesn't distract from the songs but sort of displays a moving picture to go with the music. Her eccentricity isn't uncomfortable to watch and she gets away with what could be seen as self indulgent nonesense.

If you like more melody and gentle swaying beautiful tracks that you want to play over and over again then buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larababe on 10 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Someone here mentioned that the glossy airbrushed impersonal cover didn't bode well for the content, and in a small way I agree. For those, like myself, who have been faithful Tori-ites since 1992, the simple days of the girl with a piano and fire in her belly, a whole album's worth of spine-tingling emotional angst, achingly personal songs which felt like the feminine psyche encapsulated and laid bare, however raw, however painful and complex....are gone. And naturally, given that she is no longer a struggling artist, pinning everything on success, in the man-bashing throes of failing relationships, or particularly "young" and idealistic, and has eased into the mellowness,maturity and experimentation one's forties bring, her reference points are going to radically change, and her music accordingly. Little Earthquakes or Boys For Pele isn't going to be emulated again - not across a whole album anyway.

Even Tori admits she is no longer that "angry" woman who, I remember, with clenched fists and an unnerving stare, sang Me & A Gun acappello on stage. Tori's live performances will invariably showcase her immense range, both vocally and as a seasoned and one-of-a-kind unique artist, but her albums ever since The Beekeeper have, in my humble opinion, been too conceptualized, obtuse (lyric-wise) and occasionally just bland (I'm sorry but yes), just storms in teacups, with a few heady flashes of inspiration, rather than a raging storm overhead to shake one really relate to fully as "complete" works.

This album for example, I find more palatable than American Doll Posse: highlights are Flavor (old school Tori...plain good song!), Starling, Curtain Call, Fast Horse, Welcome to England but others (Police Yourself for example) leave me cold.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Twizzy on 16 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am a massive fan of Tori's and have been for many years, so I am always excited whenever she releases new material. However, upon purchasing 'Abnormally...' my heart sank a little as I realised that, as had been the case with American Doll Posse and The Beekeeper, there were just far too many tracks on this album.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a ridiculously short attention span, but this album could have done with a bit of brutal editing. Stand-out tracks such as Welcome To England, Strong Black Vine, the extremely catchy Not Dying Today, the poignant Maybe California, Curtain Call (which would make a great single), Police Me, Ophelia and closing track Oscars Theme (bonus track available on the Deluxe edition)are excellent, strong Tori material but other tracks just seem to be (and I HATE using this word) filler. If this album lost about 5 or 6 of it's lesser tracks I would have given it 4 stars.
However, as with a lot of Tori's work, there are some songs that just pass through on first try and then seem to sink in after a couple more listens, so maybe I should give 'Abnormally'... a bit more time and patience. On the whole though, an interesting album with some great lyrics and musical flourishes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MattyJam on 29 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Tori Amos fan since the mid-nineties and have enjoyed mostly all of her albums. She received a lot of unfair reviews for 2005's The Beekeeper, with many fans complaining that she'd lost her edge and was becoming too "easy listening" (which I completely disagree with). I can't help but feel that on her subsequent releases, Tori has tried to accomodate these fans who yearn for a return to her darker mid-nineties heyday. Many songs on this album have a more moody, darker edge than we've seen from Tori in a while. Whilst it works on the rousing standout track "Strong Black Vine", it sounds a little contrived on some of the other tracks.

Tori is at her best when she's not trying to please anyone and is just making music for her own pleasure. The album closer "Lady In Blue" is a perfect example of this. It is a real departure from Tori's usual sound and a definate album highlight. It has an irresistable lounge-bar, moody vibe throughout but completely takes you by surprise at the end as it transforms into a powerful rocky, piano-laden finale.

"Ophelia" is another highlight, with Tori in full classical-composer UTP-era mode. I miss this side of Tori - she uses the band in almost every song and whilst it's important not to under-estimate what Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans bring to the table, I don't feel it's necessary to have them playing on almost every track. After all, is Tori Amos a band or a solo artist? As a long-term fan, I find songs like "Ophelia" or "Garlands" (from 2005's Beekeeper) a breathe of fresh air and a reminder of why I fell in love with Tori's songwriting in the first place.

Other than this complaint, it has to be said that yet again Tori has delivered a solid and cohesive album and I still consider her to be one of the finest singer/songwriters around.
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