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An Unrepentant return from Tori Amos,
This review is from: Unrepentant Geraldines (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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Initial post: 19 May 2014 16:13:16 BDT
Mr Nice Guy says:
Agreed - I have struggled to get into Tori Amos ever since the long-winded, though very good, 'Scarlet's Walk'. This is the first Tori album in roughly ten years that I've been able to 'access' and enjoy fully.
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