Abnormally Attracted to Reviewing

I am quite fortunate to have contributed my writing piece for Time Out Jakarta. It was my personal insight review for the dwn of Tori Amos’ new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Now, I have been a fan of hers since 1997, I think I could relocate a few things about her over the years and sum them up to confront this new born record.

3.5 stars out of five. I guess I have to put down my eagerness as an “Ears with Feet” to fully support Tori Amos’ music and put on my role as an unbiased music reviewer so 3.5 stars to me, feels sufficient. I wouldn’t say it’s as ground-breaking as Little Earthquakes or emotionally raging as Boys For Pele, but it’s definitely better than The Beekeeper (which I would have given 2.5 stars).

I will dissect the album in a more intimate discussion very soon, but for now here’s a little peek at how my writing looked like on the music section page.

Music July'09

CD Reviews (July)

Album of the month
Tori Amos
3.5/5 stars
Abnormally Attracted to Sin Universal

Tori Amos’ tenth solo album (not counting the 1988 release of ‘Y Kant Tori Read’, the poorly reviewed soft-metal album by her band of the same name), is a departure from 2007’s soul-searching ‘American Doll Posse’ and a return to the dark, atmospheric style of ‘From the Choirgirl Hotel’. With more than 15 tracks (the fourth consecutive time her albums have included this number since 2002’s ‘Scarlet’s Walk’), the record explores sexual liberation and feminism, something that Amos has been a keen advocate of since 1992’s ‘Little Earthquakes’.
There are a number of tracks worthy of note: the album’s first single, ‘Welcome to England’, follows Amos’ more mainstream preference of melodies; layers of electric and acoustic guitars blended with her fervent voice. Meanwhile, opening track ‘Give’ creates an eerie, lost-in-space kind of atmosphere and the soft, sultry ballad ‘Maybe California’ tells the tale of a mother on the brink (one of those tunes likely to bring a tear to the eyes of fans when played live). Amos also takes the opportunity to indulge her anger towards America’s dysfunctional, most notably in ‘Strong Black Vine’. Amos takes a swipe at the media too, when, in ‘Curtain Call’, she states: ‘By the time you’re 25 they will say you’ve gone and blown it’. The album culminates in an eight-minute long soothing jazzy track, ‘Lady in Blue’.
Fans will rue the fact that ‘Abnormally Attracted to Sin’ would have been a killer record if Amos had been a more vigilant editor. Too many tracks do not contribute to the album as a whole, while others are just plain boring: ‘500 Miles’, ‘Police Me’, ’That Guy’ and ‘Not Dying Today’ would have best served as B-sides. Nevertheless, the album still serves as a distinctive addition to this American troubadour’s achievements. Luky Annash


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