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Editors’ Notes

Here as always vocalist/pianist/songwriter Tori Amos presents her singular creative voice with impressive attention to lyrical narrative. The lead off single, “Welcome to England,” presents a nervous-sounding instrumental backing and electronic beats on the verse and resolution in the form of a comforting, synth pad-laden chorus. “Not Dying Today” has a clean, classic rock shuffle sound as realized by a full band, while those craving some solo Amos will enjoy “Mary Jane,” her piano-and-voice tale of a mother and her coming-of-age son. All instruments come together in a shimmering chamber-type gathering for “Flavor” — ghostly guitar, sparse piano, and pensive bass, anchored by Amos’ searching voice. “Fire to Your Plain” has both a swagger and a syncopation that her fans have come to love, while “Ophelia” highlights her elegant piano work and gift for self-accompaniment.

Customer Reviews

An ounce of self editing goes a loooong way

Once again, I was hopeful for a Tori album that would bowl me over the way "Little Earthquakes" did before it, and was immensely let down. I have nearly 500 Tori related items on my playlist, and I can guarantee that I will more than likely skip over most of "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" in search of better material. That being said, the first few tracks on this album really grab your attention. "Give", "Welcome to England", "Strong Black Vine", and "Flavor" are pretty good. Then, the album sort of falls apart. Not until "500 Miles" did I perk up and listen again, and that's only because the chorus is sort of catchy. Someone needs to gently tell my favourite piano heroin to reel it in a little. "Boys for Pele" can get away with 18 tracks only because each of them was wrought with passion and blood. Here, everything sounds over produced and hastily thrown together. Perhaps the time of the Tori has passed. However, she still puts on one hell of a live show.

SORRY TORI BUT...

You've lost it. Probably for good. I wish I didn't have to do this...but its not working...I'm breaking up with you. Maybe we can still be friends but I just don't know right now...

What I thought, but hoped against.

"Abnormally Attracted to Sin" dips into all of the musical techniques that make Tori Amos a creature to admire. Unfortunately the songs aren't rooted in the living, rolling, uncomfortably raw earth that pulls her into gorgeously constructed frenzies, melodies, and intense, open emotion. This music is hollow. If you haven't liked her music much post-Scarlet's Walk, you're not going to be happy with this one either. I don't think she has another Boys for Pele, Little Eathquakes, Choir Girl Hotel, or Under the Pink in her. Listening to them, learning them, and loving them were intense projects. They made an impact on me - I can't imagine what they did to her. But that was a long time ago, now, she's channeling a wispy ghost at best. Hopefully, for her, and for her fans, she'll have a breakthrough later on in life, and begin to create art that challenges and inspires again. I think she could do with a music writing break. She's sounds like an insincere version of her former self. Not recommended.

Biography

Born: August 22, 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...
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