I am a fan of Tori Amos… let me get this out now so that you understand where I am coming from. This is a review by someone who Listens to a lot of Tori Amos especially when I am needing to think. I usually fall back on to Boys for Pele, The Beekeeper, Little Earthquakes, and Under the Pink These are what I like to call the Angry Tori years. When you listen to them you understand. The primary emotion is anger and resentment the blasts out of her first albums. Now I am not a super fan in that I haven’t call all of the reasons as to why she was so atomically pissed at men, religion, and womanhood. I have picked up some bit of information in my at times struggle to fully grasp of some of her lyrics. Many times her lyrics were so deep that I didn’t have the ability to fully understand what she was going on about. But the emotion was what I understood, grasped and liked.
Then Tori finally had a child a little girl and this seemed to mellow Tori out a little bit she created Midwinter Graces, a Christmas oriented album, and Night of the Hunters. This album was a major left turn from the normal Tori. Hunters was a story and not what many of her fans were ready for, I liked it but it didn’t make my “OMG This is Tori List” I did like her introduction to her pride and joy her daughter and the amazing voice this child has. Then out of no where, I was listening to Spotify, and there was an ad that appeared talking about Tori Amos and her new album Unrepentant Geraldines. WHAT? Tori Amos released a new album? Well after weighing out, did I need to eat or should I spend money on an album, I downloaded the treasure of the day.
At first I just listened to a few parts of each song to find out what sounded good. and they all had a bit of hope. It sounded like the angry Tori was back. So, It took a little while for me to find the time to sit and just absorbed this new album of Tori Amos. The first listen promised even more hope. I was plagued though the First song is America I have heard that song before but I do not know from where, and looked through my list and was not able to find that song in her list. So, I get an annoying bit of Deja Vu when I hear that song, but it doesn’t detract from the song. Many of the songs have the trade maker “Tori-isms:. Which are just great description’s that blow your hair back when you hear them.
Let us pray as you cock-cock-cock your mane
No cigarettes only peeled Havana’s for you
I can be cruel
I don’t know why
Why can’t my ba.ll.oo.n stay up in a perfectly windy sky – Tori Amos “Cruel”
I caught a few of these “Tori-isms” In Unrepentant Geraldines. Especially in “16 Shades of Blue” which is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs from this new album. Along with “Troubles Lament” you catch the old Original Tori and celebrate with her the growth and maturing that you got the opportunity to witness with this fiery red head the growth from angry at the world, to finding the happiness she was anxiously trying to track down.
As I mentioned Tori Amos brought her daughter Natashya Hawley along and had her sing with her. Much like Night of the Hunters. Natashya is going to be a force to recon with, if she goes down her mothers path. The song “Promise” has Natashya singing and her voice is maturing in a way that leaves me stunned.
Big tossup here I like both Troubles Lament and 16 shades of blue
Least favorite song
America? maybe but that could be just the deja vu kicking in.
What moved you the most?
While using the Angry tori attitude she is actually sounding like she is liking marriage and Mark Hawley is making putting a new song in her heart.