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American Doll Posse – Tori Amos
July 12, 2007
By Diane de Beer
She knows how to make theatre with her music when she goes totally over the top with her lyrics, visuals and performance – but deliciously so!
It’s probably not possible to go perfect with an album, but this dramatic dame comes pretty close, as she tackles the American landscape, starting with dear King George, as she refers to her fearless leader.
And probably none of her fans turned their backs as they did with the Dixie Chicks, who sold much more in middle America.
Amos probably never aspires to do any of that. Her voice has been distinct from the very start and those who buy her albums will know, that she will be screaming in general about the state of the world and everything around her.
In the last few years and albums she has been growing up wisely, losing much of her youthful angst, which sometimes made her music tough to listen to because it just became too much of a wail.
Now she has brought theatre into her music, in all senses of the word. This offering probably most reminded me of arguably the best concept album ever made, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Page through the CD booklet and that should give you an idea of whether you like the Amos approach. She doesn’t walk gently into your life.
She’s in your face, but this is a wondrous tour of the Amos heart, as she screams about the things that make her mad – but does so brilliantly.