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Tori Amos is never short of ideas. American Doll Posse centers around the concept that Amos inhabits the mindset of five distinct “dolls” named Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Tori and Pip. Each represents a different part of the female psyche and perceives her environment in slightly different terms. According to Amos’ notes, for example, Santa is sexual, while Isabel is neutral. Following these concepts is made far more difficult by Amos’ obscure symbolism, her bizarre enunciation and the layer of thick production that coats each song in orchestrations and various recording studio tricks. This adventurous modern-day progressive rock makes for involved listening. Amos can deliver the moody piano ballad (“Girl Disappearing,” “Father’s Son”) or the indelible pop song (“Bouncing Off Clouds,” “Secret Spell”) with ease. But it’s the way she paces these efforts that makes the drama so effective. “Fat Slut” lasts less than a minute, but it’s harsh denunciations color the mood of the surrounding tracks. “Programmable Soda” tinkles with a lightness of being that’s immediately shut down by the chords of doom that open “Code Red.” Amos’ constantly shifting tones suggest her only fear is being cornered and becoming predictable. No worries here.

Customer Reviews

Thanks Tori, your Posse are my new friends.

Truly back on wondrous form with this sprawling epic. Tori tiptoes heavily through the minefield that is American identity, in all its splendid complexity. As ever, she presents aspects of the female psyche with deft aplomb, her piano as ever at the tips of her fingers and deep within her soul. Look out for tracks Big Wheel, Bouncing off Clouds, Beauty of Speed and Dark Side of the Sun, to name but a few...wow..Thanks Tori for another fine work of art.

Back to the basics

It seems Tori has regained her spirit and regenerated herself in this latest set of personas. An album to complement "Choirgirl" when she was arguably at her best. A real sense of purpose and energy in her latest offering. A departure from the mellow "Beekeeper", this has spark and an edge to it which should be a joy to see live. A very contemporary feel to many songs, perhaps taking some inspiration from the latest range of guitar-based bands doing the circuits. This is no bad thing as Tori does rock well! Something for everyone here - I think she covers all of her musical guises - the beauty of having such an eclectic style. Certainly a recommendation to anyone tempted to dip their toe in the Tori ocean. For die-hard fans, she promised a return to full-on-form and hasn't disappointed. I'm sure she will pick up another fan base in the young 'uns when she tours the festivals this summer. What a treat for all!!

Amazing.

Her best work in years. The best music I've heard in years. Loved it.

Biography

Born: 22 August 1963 in Newton, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following...
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