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Tori Amos — Unrepentant Geraldines (May 9, 2014) [CD+DVD]

Tori Amos — Unrepentant Geraldines (May 9, 2014) [CD+DVD]

   Tori Amos — Unrepentant Geraldines (May 9, 2014) [CD+DVD]
•ς•   “I’ve always been inspired by visual artists of all mediums because, as with music, art is not a job you can go to and leave from, but it is something that defines who and what you are [...] Visual artists shake up our brains and force us to look at everything, from objects we don’t normally think twice about to people we might not have cared about. In one image, they can remind us of nature’s power to enchant, as well as humankind’s fruitless attempt to overpower her or simply second–guess her. Through the visual artist’s application of tone, shape, pattern and pigment, I not only begin to see, but I can honestly say I begin to hear.” — Tori AmosBirth name: Myra Ellen Amos
Born: August 22, 1963, Newton, North Carolina, U.S.
Location: Sewall’s Point, FL, Kinsale (County Cork) in Ireland, and Bude in Cornwall in England.
Notable instruments: Bösendorfer piano, Harpsichord
Album release: May 9, 2014
Recorded: Martian Engineering Studios Cornwall, UK, July 2012 — May 2013
Record Label: Mercury Classics
Duration:     64:36 + DVD
Tracks:
01. America     4:12
02. Trouble’s Lament     3:44
03. Wild Way     2:55
04. Wedding Day     3:45
05. Weatherman     4:41
06. 16 Shades of Blue     3:52
07. Maids of Elfen–Mere     2:53
08. Promise     4:05
09. Giant’s Rolling Pin     4:11
10. Selkie     4:05
11. Unrepentant Geraldines     6:57
12. Oysters     5:14
13. Rose Dover     3:56
14. Invisible Boy     4:58 
15. Forest of Glass     5:08
DVD Content
1. “Album trailer”
2. “Interview with Tori”
3. “Studio tour”
4. “Album photo shoot” Credits:
•ς•  Mac Aladdin Guitar
•ς•  Tori Amos Composer, Instrumentation, Hammon Organ, Piano, Producer, Programm., Vocals
•ς•  Jon Astley Mastering
•ς•  Mark Hawley Engineer, Instrumentation, Programming
•ς•  Amarpaul Kalirai Photography
•ς•  Matt Read Package Design
•ς•  Adam Spry Technician
•ς•  Tash Duet, Vocals
•ς•  Marcel VanLimbeek Engineer
•ς•  Ann Walker Piano TechnicianAllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Score: ****
•ς•  Unrepentant Geraldines — its title so knowingly Tori it verges on parody — finds Tori Amos delivering original songs, which isn’t a common occurrence for her in the new millennium. Following on the heels of the interpretive 2012 set Gold Dust, it’s the first collection of original material since 2011’s Night of the Hunters, but it seems as if its roots stretch back even farther, as it is a bright, open collection, sometimes suggesting her early–'90s heyday but never pandering toward the past. There’s a nice tension on this record, as Amos gives her hardcore fans what they want — left turns tempered with introspection — while also wooing the skeptics with melody and color, giving the record a bright, open feel that stands in contrast to the handsome solipsism that characterized many of her new millennial records. Strictly speaking, there’s not much here that signifies as “pop” — there are hooks, both melodic and rhythmic, but they seem almost incidental to feel, as the record flits between meditation and extroversion, its warmest moments also being its most intimate. Amos operates like a veteran liberated by her dedicated audience; she never once assumes she’ll lose her audience, so she taunts them, sometimes seducing but often teasing, operating just outside of the parameters of what is expected or acceptable for Tori. That’s the real pleasure of Unrepentant Geraldines: it’s lush and melodic but also barbed, sometimes seeming dissonant but often consoling, its soothing qualities eventually turning disturbing. This has long been Amos’ calling card, this shimmering space between comfort and pain, but Unrepentant Geraldines trumps its predecessors by accentuating its polarity; it either seduces with its sweetness or it provokes with its pain, and either extreme is compelling. •ς•  http://www.allmusic.com/AWARDS
Billboard Albums
•ς•  2014    Unrepentant Geraldines The Billboard 200      #7
•ς•  2014    Unrepentant Geraldines Top Digital Albums      #10
•ς•  2014    Unrepentant Geraldines Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums      #2
•ς•  2014    Unrepentant Geraldines Top Rock Albums      #2
•ς•  The album’s title reflects the unapologetic women that won’t be made to say sorry for their actions and beliefs. A wide range of topics are explored on the album, including the “other” America, ageing in “16 Shades of Blue”, the thrill of danger in “Trouble’s Lament”, not letting go of childhood imagination in “Rose Dover”, the 2013 NSA surveillance scandals in “Giant’s Rolling Pin”, and making peace with haunting memories and self–doubt in “Oysters”. Amos’ daughter appears as a duet partner in “Promise”, about mother and daughter being there for each other. Having a teenage girl’s perspective to consult was reportedly a large influence on the record, exposing Amos to a different outlook than her own.
Website: http://www.toriamos.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toriamos
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Tori Amos — Unrepentant Geraldines (May 9, 2014) [CD+DVD]

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