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American Doll Posse [CD + DVD] [CD+DVD, Special Edition]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Special Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000OCZ9XM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yo George
2. Big Wheel
3. Bouncing Off Clouds
4. Teenage Hustling
5. Digital Ghost
6. You Can Bring Your Dog
7. Mr. Bad Man
8. Fat Slut
9. Girl Disappearing
10. Secret Spell
11. Devils And Gods
12. Body And Soul
13. Father's Son
14. Programmable Soda
15. Code Red
16. Roosterspur Bridge
17. Beauty Of Speed
18. Almost Rosey
19. Velvet Revolution
20. Dark Side Of The Sun
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In an era of digital downloads and singles, Tori Amos embraces the concept album in a sprawling 23-song oratorio. Firing across the American psychological, social, and political landscape, she takes on the state of the world, war, and feminism. To help her, she adopts five personas--her American Doll Posse--who take their characteristics from Greek gods, but not their names: Clyde, Pip, Isabel, Santa, and Tori. You need a scorecard to keep track, but don't worry. It's still Tori Amos, bending syllables in improbable pretzels with rippling piano themes and choruses that threaten to go Broadway at any moment. Amos vents her political spleen through "Isabel," leaving no doubt as to her targets on tracks like "Yo George," and comments on our impersonal age and computer addiction with "Digital Ghost." That's sung by the character "Tori," who is reputedly based on Demeter and Dionysus, representing the split between Amos's earth-mother side and her wilder, more libertine tendencies. Anti-war and pro-feminist themes are plastered across American Doll Posse like sloganeering posters. "Dark Side of the Sun" laments both sides of the war, including the Islamic extremists who lay down their lives "for some sick promise of heaven." Amos adopts a big '80s rock sound on many tracks, with guitarist Mac Aladdin pealing off Brian May-style guitar licks over an arena-rock beat. It's where Amos details a more personal sound that American Doll Posse leaves a lasting impression. "Girl Disappearing," sung by "Clyde," holds echoes of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," not only because of the string quartet and nostalgic tone, but the updated tale of a woman losing herself. "Smokey Joe" brims with dark atmospheres, Robert Fripp-like guitar sustains, and Amos's most elaborate vocal arrangements, interweaving two sets of lyrics for "Pip." More than a concept album, American Doll Posse is a convergence experience, mixing online blogs from each character, videos, MySpace sites, and more. --John Diliberto

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One of the most outspoken, creative singer/songwriters of our time returns with her ninth studio album and she's brought company. American Doll Posse features Tori Amos in a way we've never heard her: as five distinct characters who combine to make a complete woman. After centuries of being dismembered, literally and figuratively, by the ruling patriarchy the feminine essence has reassembled to take back the power. In addition to Amos, the quartet creates a compelling portrait of the role of women today expressed through one of Amos's most wide ranging albums, both thematically and musically.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tori Lights a Fire 23 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tori Amos shed the red hair, split into five personalities and decided to rock. As a result, American Doll Posse is her most vibrant, eclectic and relevant album in years. It's sort of a compromise between the tight production of Choirgirl and the sprawling anger of Pele -- all translated by Pip, Santa, Isabel, Clyde and Tori.

Who are they? Doesn't matter. They're wigs. They're dresses. They're elaborate excuses for Tori to scream things like "You've been skankin' around with your talentless trash!" or whisper, over a trilling mandolin, "Your divine creator was a velvet revolution." And it certainly sounds like she'd rather praise the rock gods of the velvet age than the bearded patron of conservative America. When she sings "You've still got that something!," with a tongue-in-cheek Kiss guitar roaring beneath her, she might as well be saying "In rock we trust." After all, music has done more for America in the 2000's than the government. Tori is Patti Smith in "Teenage Hustling," she's Stevie Nicks in "Secret Spell," she's David Bowie in "You Can Bring Your Dog," and she's Tori at her best in "Father's Son" (never have her harmonies sounded so haunting).

Somewhere between tracks 15 and 18, though, things start to blend together. The songs that work best on this album are the ones that announce themselves easily, like the power ballad "Digital Ghost" (Electric guitars AND a tambourine? You can almost smell the hair gel... and, yes, that's the best kind of rock nostalgia). However, "Roosterspur Bridge," "Beauty of Speed" and "Almost Rosey" all sound like variations of the same idea. She's even less successful when railing directly on Bush ("Yo George") or the war on terror ("Dark Side of the Sun").
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic Politipop 29 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
It may not come as much of a surprise to many Tori fans that on her tenth full lenth release she has finally ditched her habit of inhabiting different archetypes for her various songs, going one step further in creating her own full blown girl-group of individual characters, each with their own personality and musical style.
This concept provides numerous dress-up opportunities for Tori, much like her covers album 'Strange Little Girls,' on which she posed as a different 'girl' for each song title in the record's artwork. With many Tori albums, almost all of which have at least a loose and often obscure concept behind them, it is very difficult to see where each track fits into the proposed concept, not least due to Tori's obscure lyrical style. Similarly, with this album it is very difficult to tell the different pseudonyms apart. Their creation is supposedly due to the different musical styles presented. Yet the style of the songs does not seem different enough each time to cause the listener to group them together under the different 'singers' on offer. The songs that do stand out stylistically, such as the bubblegum-pop of 'Programmable Soda,' or the euphoric electro-dance of 'Bouncing Off Clouds' are one offs, without obvious sister-songs or matching lyrical style elsewhere.
Having mentioned lyrical style, this record is more obviously political than any of Amos' previous efforts. This is hardly surprising considering the ever-adventurous nature of her writing and the current state of her own country. No new ground is broken here, but there is a definate shift towards the personal, suiting this songstress's music better than the all too common distanced rant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beekeeper gets kidnapped by dolls 25 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was going to write a track by track review but there are 23 tracks on this cd so that would take forever. Her last two records were a bit too adult contemporary for my taste although they both had some great moments (ie. Carbon, Marths's Foolish Ginger, A sorta fairytale etc.) This one has more guitars and is darker on the whole compared to the last two. In my opinion it's like a cross between Choirgirl and The Beekeeper, and like the Beekeeper , this one comes with a concept too. This time around, we have five girls/dolls but the music doesnt take a backseat to the concept. You can listen to the whole cd without having to pay attention to the dolls. But where's the fun in that? :) My suggestion would be to listen to the album, get acquainted with the songs and then meet the dolls, who all have their own pages on myspace.

Teenage Hustling, Smokey Joe, Girl Disappearing, Code Red and Dragon are among the best things she's ever done.

This is for the fans who like the last two albums but still kinda miss the Tori of the 90s. Well, they dont need to go back there too often now, cuz the dolls have taken over the beehive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tori Amos - American Doll Posse 18 May 2007
By srxjnj
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I wouldn't call this album a 'return to form' simply because her first five albums still remain to be her best 5, while 'Strange Little Girls', 'Scarlet's Walk', and 'The Beekeeper' have a couple of good tracks, but I really can't appreciate them as albums per se. This album, however, is better than her three last albums, and while it is consistant, has no classics like Precious Things, Winter, Little Earthquakes, Yes Anastasia, Horses and you know the rest.

Now, to stop comparing the album to her earlier work and write an actual review.

Big Wheel is one of the best songs from the CD, and is a song not to be taken too seriously, but it is Tori's funnest song. Period. Tracks 3-5 follow, but the album really hits a peak with the tongue-in-cheek You Can Bring Your Dog, which just oozes sex appeal. Track 8, Girl Disappearing, is another highlight, and I was glad to see a return to strings, as Yes, Anastasia is possibly her best song, compositionally at least. Soon after, there is Secret Spell, which should have been the lead single in my opinion, or at least should be the follow-up. Body And Soul follows and is the best song so-far, with a mixture of rock and electronic. The following songs follow with nothing too mentionable, but the albums best song for me is Dark Side Of The Sun which is such an epic anti-war track.

The last two songs, Smokey Joe and Dragon are further highlights.

Overall, this album lacks the emotion (which Tori does best) and passion that were so elaborate in her 1990's albums, but nevertheless, I would recommend it if you liked some of her previous album. If you haven't heard any Tori Amos yet, Little Earthquakes is by far the best place to start, and is very much her definitive album.

8 / 10
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm so sorry Tori, I want to love it but it just does nothing for me ....
Like many of the reviewers, I used to be a huge Tori Amos fan. I still am of some of the earlier albums' but this sadly failed to live up to the strong premise of channelling... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Smootipie
4.0 out of 5 stars Much rockier than her previous releases, but just as good
Tori Amos has always been one of my favourite artists as she has that originality and uniqueness that I find so appealing in a singer. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Amillionmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not like this?
I've been a Tori fan since the first album. I loved everything up to Venus and Back and then I didn't (and still don't) enjoy the next few albums that much and I really don't like... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by B. Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form
I won't try to give a song-by-song breakdown of this huge 23-song collection, as others have already done this very well. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Marchespie
1.0 out of 5 stars cd tori amos
the worst cd i have ever received from any site,but it was the right album ,that is why i have given one star
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by Mr. Lk Stephens
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough is enough
I have been a huge Tori fan since seeing her in a small club at the time of the first album. I bought all the albums and rarities and collected the bootlegs, so I am not a casual... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2008 by S. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Into One Will Go
Ms Amos has always had the 'Marmite' factor.

Love her or hate her she has been an unignorable
part of the musical firmament since her 1992
debut 'Little... Read more
Published on 4 May 2008 by The Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome improvement
After the rather awful (And I love Tori) 'The Beekeeper' I am pleased to see the cornflake girl return to form. Read more
Published on 3 May 2008 by Michael Mukasa
3.0 out of 5 stars missing...
I'm pretty sure I've totally missed the point of this album. I feel I ought to say upon introduction that I adore Tori Amos, and listen to her constantly, her music is very much... Read more
Published on 4 April 2008 by Foroyar
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, superb, often beautiful album
American Doll Posse is a inventive concept album which sees Tori assume the persona of five very different women (Isabel, Clyde, Pip Santa & Tori) based upon Godesses from Greek... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by A. Sweeney
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