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Unrepentant Geraldines (Deluxe)

Unrepentant Geraldines (Deluxe)

1 Jan 2014
4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Label: Mercury Classics
  • Copyright: ℗© 2014 Mercury Classics
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  • Total Length: 1:45:35
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  • ASIN: B00KMEAMZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,361 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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As I continue my rediscovery of Tori Amos, I find that there's so much here in her newer work to love! It may not be as immediately accessible as her albums from the 90s (although those albums were not exactly super-accessible, either), but if anything her work has gotten even more complex, thought-provoking, and multi-faceted yet coherent over the past couple of decades.

On my first listen through "Unrepentant Geraldines," I was like, "Eh. What is this?" It was sort of like the Tori Amos I knew, and sort of a mess, or so I thought. But on repeated listens I keep finding themes and threads that pull the album together.

Weddings and marriage come up repeatedly, both literally, as in "Wedding Day," and figuratively or implicitly, as in "Weatherman" (the highlight of the album for me) and "Selkie." The lyrical "I's" longing for, fear of, and frustration with, union with another is accompanied with a longing for truth and concern with deception, as she seeks assurances of the other's presence and truthfulness, even as she goes in search of the ultimate talisman of truth in "The Giant's Rolling Pin," whose quirky sound hides a serious concern. At the same time, time and the inevitability of aging figure again and again, whether somberly, as in "Promise," politically, as in "16 Shades of Blue," or with self-mocking amusement, as in "White Telephone to God." All of this is woven together with fairy-tale references in songs such as "Weatherman," "The Maids of Elven-Mere," and "Selkie." The final impression is of a lyrical voice that is both aware of its rootedness in its own body, and yet connected to the physical and spiritual worlds outside it through religion, mythology, and love.
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Tori's music is very special to a lot of people, and it's not an over-exaggeration to say that if you are a fan of Tori Amos each new album is greatly anticipated. One of the reasons for this is that she's one of those rare people who stores up experiences – be they personal, discovered through conversations with people, or experiences of literature and art – and is able to weave incredible songs out of them, each of which tells a story that perhaps has never been told in such a way before. Where some recording artists seem after a few albums to lose some of the inspiration that made them their names, Tori's own life experience continually gives her new inspiration. Each album is an album that her younger self may not have thought of creating.

Approaching 50 as she wrote this, she explains in the special edition DVD that a number of songs on this album are about the things you think about when you get older, and her relationship with her teenage daughter Tash has also influenced her writing as it's given her another perspective on youth and how society's expectations influence us at both these stages of our lives.

I won't go through the tracks in turn, as there'll already be reviews on here doing that and I want to focus on the special edition, but I do want to say that although there's none of the rawness of earlier albums, this, to me, feels like a classic Tori album in several meanings of that word.
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