Unrepentant Geraldines (LP)


Tori Amos

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Amoeba Review

05/12/2014

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the real Tori Amos. She’s been releasing music in the classical vein for the past five years on a few underrated albums, but we missed the Tori who told God he needed a woman to look after him. Unrepentant Geraldines isn’t quite that—Amos has matured quite a bit since those days, and songs like “America” still feel a bit neoclassical and stately at first blush. But more cutting vocals from Amos, adventurous lyrics and rock rhythms come back to shake these songs out of being merely tasteful. “Trouble’s Lament” calls to mind Amos at her witchy best on classics like “Crucify” and “Father Lucifer,” as Amos’ imagery of Satan licking at a girl named Trouble’s heels combine with her always-impressive piano playing and subtle guitarwork. “I hate you, I do,” she sings dripping with resentment on “Wild Way,” which sounds lovely anyway. The more orchestrated feel Amos gives these songs gives us a new way to enjoy her more emotionally direct material and sounds more suited to her talents—“shock is easy,” she said of recording this album, settling instead for making beautifully crafted songs like the classical folk of “Wedding Day.” Still, it’s nice to know Amos has plenty of fire left—“16 Shades of Blue” sees Amos back in the electro-pop territory she once fiddled with on songs like “Raspberry Swirl” and “Professional Widow.” “My cables they are surging, almost overloading” she sings in a distorted rasp while digital bleeps dance with violin plucks and Amos’ piano chords. Combining her newfound flair for neoclassical arrangement and more mature lyrical explorations with enough of the piss ‘n’ vinegar that made Amos a hit to begin with, Unrepentant Geraldines is a triumphant return.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
America
Tori Amos 04:11
2.
Trouble's Lament
Tori Amos 03:41
3.
Wild Way
Tori Amos 02:54
4.
Wedding Day
Tori Amos 03:42
5.
Weatherman
Tori Amos 04:38
6.
16 Shades Of Blue
Tori Amos 03:49
7.
Maids Of Elfen-Mere
Tori Amos 02:50


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Promise
Tori Amos 04:02
2.
Giant's Rolling Pin
Tori Amos 04:09
3.
Selkie
Tori Amos 04:05
4.
Unrepentant Geraldines
Tori Amos 06:55
5.
Oysters
Tori Amos 05:12
6.
Rose Dover
Tori Amos 03:55
7.
Invisible Boy
Tori Amos 04:58

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