Unrepentant Geraldines

Unrepentant Geraldines

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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