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EDITORS’ NOTES

Longtime, hardcore Tori Amos fans are grandly rewarded with Tori’s 14th studio album, 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines. Where the past three Amos albums were ventures into seasonal music (Midwinter Graces, classically-influenced performances Night of Hunters and orchestrated re-interpretations (Gold Dust), Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to the sound and approach— piano-based chamber pop—that first excited listeners on albums such as Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel and Scarlet’s Walk. Whether it’s the classic Amos sound of “America” and “Weatherman” or Amos on the upbeat with “Wedding Day” or with slight electronic touches on the hypnotic “16 Shades of Blue,” the album offers a return of sorts while never feeling like an attempt at recreating the past. She brings her teenage daughter Natasha to the vocal mic for “Promise,” a song that faces the truth about aging. She discusses NSA surveillance on the deceptively-light sounding “Giant’s Rolling Pin.” Unrepentant Geraldines is a major addition to Amos’ intimidating catalog. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Longtime, hardcore Tori Amos fans are grandly rewarded with Tori’s 14th studio album, 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines. Where the past three Amos albums were ventures into seasonal music (Midwinter Graces, classically-influenced performances Night of Hunters and orchestrated re-interpretations (Gold Dust), Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to the sound and approach— piano-based chamber pop—that first excited listeners on albums such as Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel and Scarlet’s Walk. Whether it’s the classic Amos sound of “America” and “Weatherman” or Amos on the upbeat with “Wedding Day” or with slight electronic touches on the hypnotic “16 Shades of Blue,” the album offers a return of sorts while never feeling like an attempt at recreating the past. She brings her teenage daughter Natasha to the vocal mic for “Promise,” a song that faces the truth about aging. She discusses NSA surveillance on the deceptively-light sounding “Giant’s Rolling Pin.” Unrepentant Geraldines is a major addition to Amos’ intimidating catalog. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
370 Ratings
370 Ratings
kosherspecialK ,

Welcome Back, Queen of Nerds

She hasn't had the most stellar few albums lately. I was starting to lose hope. I've heard some of the songs leaked, and they are a clear sign Tori is back on her A game. This could be her best album in the last 15 years. I couldn't be more excited.

SafetyScissors ,

No Need to Repent

She's always been on her game, some people are just now starting to play. Another amazing record, and can't wait for the tour!

nycmale ,

Tori on Xanax...

I've been a Tori fan since "Little Earthquakes," but I'm just not feeling this one at all. I've listened to it once and feel no desire to listen to it again. It just felt like Tori on Xanax. I just kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. The best Tori songs and albums seemed to transport me to a different time or place... but this one seemed to trap me in a little girl's music box... from like a hundred years ago... and I just couldn't wait to get out. Where are the quirky hooks, the brilliant observations, and the chutzpah?

It's just disappointing, because the title, "Unrepentant Geraldines," suggested something exciting, something stirring. I just didn't find it here. I'm really surprised that it's getting such high praise from fans and critics... because I think it's her worst album (by a mile)... and there's not even one song that I want to listen to again.

Oh, well... I guess I can wait for the next one. I just hope it's nothing like this one.

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