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Unrepentant Geraldines (Amazon Exclusive)

12 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Mercury Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Mercury Classics
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  • Total Length: 1:02:30
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  • ASIN: B00K1TIMO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,381 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 15 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Tori fan I have been hoping for some time that she would hand in a more piano-centric album, a return to her girl-and-a-piano roots of old. And with Unrepentant Geraldines she has finally delivered this.

This is the first album (sans the classically-inspired Night Of Hunters) since the mid-90s not to feature long-time collaboraters Matt Chamberlain (drums) and Jon Evans (bass). So inevitably the album is less of a band affair, featuring no less than seven tracks with only Tori and her piano. The rest of the tracks have drums programmed by her husband, who also adds his usual guitar flourishes throughout.

One thing that struck me listening to this record is that her vocals sound more controlled and strong than her more recent albums, utilising her upper range to great effect, at times harking back to her vocal stylings on Little Earthquakes.

As for the songs, title track Unrepentant Geraldines is an utter masterpiece in my eyes. The main body of the song is largely experimental and unpredictable, shifting between contrasting sections with ease, a reggae tinged verse, leading into a punk-rock style bridge, then going into a piano-centred anthemic chorus. Just when you think you've wrapped your head around the song it ends abruptly and goes into a beautiful piano-centred outro section, which, on a first listen could very easily be mistaken for an entirely different song. It really has to be heard to be believed.

Other highlights include the haunting Weatherman and the gloriously quirky Beatles-esque Giants Rolling Pin.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 13 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Is this the best Tori Amos album? No.
However, is this still a fantastic album? Yes.
Everyone remembers the unconventional and, at times, groundbreaking debut "Little Earthquakes" and the 3 albums that immediately followed - "Under The Pink", "Boys for Pele" and "From The Choirgirl Hotel". Tori's output up to and including 2002's "Scarlet's Walk" was pretty flawless, however in recent years her albums have become overly long, bloated and full of filler. After a period of revisiting her childhood classical training and working on a musical with London's National Theatre, Tori has returned to making contemporary music. I'm trying to avoid the word "pop", because she's never made "pop" music. Whilst this isn't the greatest Tori album, it's most certainly worthy to bare her name, with songs like "Wild Way", "Invisible Boy" and "Selkie" echoing her earlier piano orientated work, and "16 Shades Of Blue" and "Rose Dover" containing elements reminscent of her electronic work on "From The Choirgirl Hotel" and "To Venus And Back".

Vocally, Tori sounds better than she has in at least 10 years and her piano playing is on point. Both lyrically and musically compelling and interesting, the album is exactly how you would expect Tori to sound at this stage in her career, ignoring her 2 most recent contemporary efforts "American Doll Posse" and "Abnormally Attracted To Sin", which now sound more like a desperate cry for help during a midlife crisis than compelling music.

"Giant's Rolling Pin" is a bit unnecessary and "Promise" (a duet with Tori's daughter), though a nice song, sounds out of place on the album.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
"Earthquakes" was shattering; "Pink" was magnificent; "Pele" was explosive; "Choirgirl" was mesmerising; "Venus" was stellar; "Scarlet" was stunning: and there you have arguably the absolute Tori-top. And then it all went downhill, leaving hardcore fans inconsolable, and the rest of the world rather indifferent. At 50, and totally owning her own genre, for her new album Tori packs half-century of experiences into 59 minutes, in her fiery piano confessional style, bearing them straight from the heart. Though it is not a drastic change from her familiar style, it is much more inviting and accessible than the infamous trilogy of "The beekeeper", "American doll posse" and "Abnormally attracted to sin" which clouded fans/listeners. In fact, "Unrepentant Geraldines" easily could have been the follow-up to "Scarlet's walk", picking up right where that record left off.

For anyone who will not dismiss this set upon its first listening, they will soon find themselves drawn to it. It seems as though Tori has taken some of her past albums' great moments, creating her most interesting work in years. Letting the songs come together on their own, here she abandons the disastrous, inaccessible content of over-reaching concepts, complex writing, and lengthy duration of late albums, and steps forward with a lighter, yet mature, self-assured, yet heartwarming, captivating record. "Selkie" and the title track are examples of her unparalleled songwriting magnificence, while "Oysters" and closing track "Invisible boy" evokes simultaneously strength and vulnerability, in the most heart-wrenching way. It has always been Tori's art that made her unique, but it is her heart that made her precious. "Geraldines" are glorious.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
After a series of musical sidesteps, Unrepentant Geraldines is Tori Amos' first album of original material since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin. The first pleasing thing to note is that Unrepentant Geraldines clocks in at just under the hour - as one problem with her albums over the last decade or so was their duration. Generally they lasted between 75 and 80 minutes, meaning they ended up as something of an endurance test for the listener.

But whilst Unrepentant Geraldines could have done with losing a few tracks, it's still a more accessible album than some of her previous records and therefore could certainly hook some new listeners, although the majority of the sales will surely come from her faithful fanbase. "America" is a strong opener, it's a gentle, reflective song in which Tori sings of searching for the other America, which can be found on, "Sundays sitting by a stream/on her own/all alone". The stripped-back feel of this song is maintained on the majority of the album - allowing the tracks much needed space to breathe.

Other highlights included "Selkie", which is classic Amos - just vocals and piano - and is as heartbreakingly beautiful as anything she's ever written. The title track is another standout song, as though it sounds like two songs welded together it works very well, and despite being the longest track on the album (at just under seven minutes) it doesn't outstay its welcome. Another classic solo Tori performance on "Invisible Boy" brings the album to a very satisfying conclusion.

Although there are a few missteps along the way, such as "Giant's Rolling Pin" and "Promise", a somewhat schamltzy duet between Tori and her daughter, overall this is a strong collection of songs that should repay multiple listenings. A good return to form then, and whilst the new listener probably wouldn't be advised to start here, for any lapsed fans who enjoyed her 90's work, this is well worth checking out.
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