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The best Tori album in a LONG time,
This review is from: Unrepentant Geraldines (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. That still leaves 12 stellar tracks to enjoy. "Selkie" and "Weatherman" inparticular are 2 of the most beautiful songs she's ever written.
Check out the deluxe edition for the stunning bonus track "Forest of Glass", or Amazon MP3 for the exclusive track "Dixie", which is gorgeous (despite the opening line "grab your coat" sounding like she sings "crap your clothes").
All in all, a fantastic album with hints of the Tori of old, whilst sounding fresh, modern and relevant.
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Initial post: 13 May 2014 21:02:29 BDT
Scarlet Jupiter says:
Exactly right, nicely written, well done.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 21:18:19 BDT
Be sure to catch her on tour, if you get change. I saw her in Glasgow & Manchester last weekend, absolutely ASTOUNDING!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2014 14:30:54 BDT
Scarlet Jupiter says:
Glad you enjoyed herso much, I'd love to catch her again, especially now that she's got another great album. Keep Toriing!!
Posted on 27 May 2014 13:49:33 BDT
Kaan Sensoy says:
Great review! Althought I think The Beekeeper is superb except for some self-indulging moments. I can't wait for her concert in my town.
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