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.