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Abnormally Attracted To Sin
Abnormally Attracted To Sin
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abnormally Attracted To Mediocrity, 20 May 2009
Such is the extent of my love of Tori Amos' music over the years that I actually find it hard to compose a negative review of her work. However, I find myself unable to avoid doing so upon the release of this, her latest studio offering. For me, Tori Amos basically never put a foot wrong up to and including 2002's Scarlet's Walk. Then The Beekeeper (2005) seemed curiously bland in places and just a little too soft-centred, all cream and no crunch. She largely redeemed herself with 2007's American Doll Posse, which seemed like a conscious and essentially successful attempt to reinject some real spark into her output. Which brings us to 2009 and Abnormally Attracted To Sin, which actually manages to make The Beekeeper sound perfectly realised and fully engaging from start to finish. There is way too much here for a start, as just about every review written about this album thus far has duly noted. Every album she has released this decade has been a lengthy affair (barring the covers album, Strange Little Girls), but she has generally gotten away with it because the quality of the material has been sufficiently high to compensate for the test of endurance required. But here, too many of the tracks seem like nothing much in particular, and the lushly layered production seems heavy-handed all too often. You can't quite shake the feeling that you've heard most of these tracks before, and actually you have, done better by Amos herself on her previous albums. Maybe California, which many reviews have identified as a stand-out track here, whilst being perfectly pleasant, sounds like nothing very new; it in fact resembles Girl Disappearing from American Doll Posse with its strings swirling around Amos' earnest voice and piano. None of this represents what made me fall in love with her music in the first place the best part of two decades ago. Ultimately, I can't help but find this album disappointing, and can only hope that, as with The Beekeeper's follow-up, American Doll Posse, she will rediscover her muse next time around. 3 stars awarded because it's not actually bad, but coming from Tori Amos, it's not that good either.
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Neil Diamond-Moods
Neil Diamond-Moods
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond ends the Uni/MCA years in style, 28 Jun 2002
This review is from: Neil Diamond-Moods (Audio CD)
Neil Diamond's last work for the Uni/MCA label, Moods is an entirely self-penned follow up to Stones that is simultaneously moving and playful. Both these facets are present in the opening track, Song Sung Blue, which features a melodic line half-stolen from Mozart. From there on in, the music falls into one of these two categories. For instance, tracks such as Porcupine Pie and High Rolling Man demonstrate Diamond's more throwaway and frivolous side, whilst Canta Libre and Captain Sunshine express his ability to move the listener with effortless melodies. But it is on the wonderful Play Me that Diamond truly shines, as moving a love song as you are ever likely to hear.

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