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100-Word Review: Tori Amos’ Abnormally Addicted to Sin

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If Little Earthquakes was a towering first-inning leadoff home run, Tori Amos‘ last few albums have all been solid stand-up doubles.  The Beekeeper was a Pete Rose-style sliding-headfirst triple.  Abormally Addicted to Sin, though, is a weak hit into the shallow outfield followed by an errant throw to first, so that the runner manages to reach second anyway.  (Okay, that metaphor is now officially abused.)  It’s certainly not bad, but it’s far from her best work:  I’ve listened to it four times and still haven’t found a single song which grabs me enough even to note its name.

Grade: B

Written by Allen

May 20th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

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  1. Oh, I completely agree. I’m a Tori Amos man through and through, since the beginning, but this album has left me cold. I have seen her in concert 12 times. I own over 100 cds, (bootlegs, compilations, soundtracks, etc.),10 books, a t-shirt from every tour, buttons, mugs, hats, stickers…I even spent $250 having two limited edition promo posters framed. I have her autograph, framed with my concert ticket, and it is my prized possession. I have been at a music store first thing in the morning on release day for every album since UTP, but after hearing the first few tracks off this one from various sites, I didn’t even bother. I bought it 3 days in, and have listened to it twice. It sounds like she let someone else write the lyrics and then had a special needs mucic group help her compose the music. I don’t even know the track listing or any of the lyrics. It is going to stay shelved. And coming from a 36 year old gay man who has a Tori Amos song, lyric, story or quote for every victory, heartbreak, and earthquake in his life, that’s saying something. Given the huge difference between the letdown of the Beekeeper, and the soaring victory of American Doll Posse, we can only hope that the next one kicks enough to make up for this.

    Hal

    19 Jun 09 at 12:55 pm

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