"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 exactly 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, and create perhaps the most interesting work she has ever done. 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 heart-warming, 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.