Label: Epic - 82876861402,Sony BMG Music Entertainment - 82876861402 • Format: CD Album • Country: Taiwan • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Alternative Rock
Nine albums in and Tori Amos is working harder than ever. American Doll Possewith its great title, 23 tracks, and five archetypal personalities all of whom resonate with feminine gods in the Greek and Roman pantheons is an exercise in both excess and obsession. For starters, each of these personalities has her own blog. All of them have a distinct look.
There's Pip with her streetwise standoff-ishness who sings about how her "Teenage Hustling" serves her in her adult life; she is also a very clever and intense "observer" another important word for this record of the political and surveillance situation in the U.
Isabel is the glamorous photographer. If she exists Things Arent What They Used To Be - Various - Jazz West Coast Vol. 3 but inside Amosshe is the fulfilled fantasy construct of both post-Freudian psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and the father of Deconstruction theory Jacques Derrida. She watches the watcher watching.
The surface reveals whatever is beneath it, and the layer underneath that. And then there's Santa -- not Claus necessarily -- but she looks closest for some perceived beauty hers or her observational object's is the Beauty Of Speed - Tori Amos - American Doll Posse that is invisible to that person.
She strips the moment away and gets right down to the task of discovering it: "Wait. Let's look closer. M-I-L-F don't you forget Musically, American Doll Posse is no less ambitious, and all the better for it. Though 23 cuts can become a Tower of Babel in song, Amos has written some of the tightest, most cohesive and diverse songs of her career here.
It's a number that's so sick with desire it reduces its object to meat. The brief "Devils and Gods," sung by Isabel is a ballad that peels back the veil to reveal an essential truth with harmonically shimmering acoustic guitars and lithe piano.
Pip and Santa reply in "Body and Soul" with its enormous sonic attack where all the instruments are turned up to ten and pack a wallop with a fuzzed-up Jon Evans ' dirty bassline and staccato piano that promises salvation through ecstasy, not sermons or violence. Some of the best songs here are near the end, in Clyde's gorgeous ballad "Roosterspur Bridge," where Amos ' piano guides the singer and Mac Aladdin 's guitars whisper behind until Matt Chamberlain 's spare kit work gives the words an urgency despite the languid pace.
Pip's apocalyptic "Smokey Joe" is an entire cinematic drama with atmospheric walls of electronic noise and washes of guitar that compete with the contrapuntal voices in call and response execution. The final track, "Dragon," sung by Santa, is knotty, complex and lilting in some places and aggressive in others; it feels like it belongs somewhere else, but that's where the beauty lies. It's the place where healing happens in the heart of the eternal feminine. And it rings solidly true. In sum, these dress-up characters are, no matter Amos ' ambitions, simply reflections of her often contradictory nature as both a conceptual artist Sherwood - Various - What Came From The Past songwriter.
She is playing dress-up and not copping to it. It's not so much that she doesn't Beauty Of Speed - Tori Amos - American Doll Posse it off, but these characters and their strange views of the world, femininity, and the ruinous masculine come down to two things: observation and perception, and neither are always what they seem.
These have always been part of Amos ' expressed aesthetic. Perhaps speaking these through the kaleidoscope of different personas made it easier to assemble such a vast collection of songs for one album, to exorcise the obsession or simply to give life to Beauty Of Speed - Tori Amos - American Doll Posse through excess.
Whatever the reason, American Doll Posse is exhaustive and exhausting, and contains some of the finest material Amos has offered on record.
As a songwriter her reach is higher, and when she grasps the gown's tail of her Muse, her grasp is tighter, and sure. Her musical vision and production skills are almost astonishing in places.
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