Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
Written by Nicholas Jennings    Sunday, 13 December 2009 01:00    PDF Print E-mail

Tags: 2009 | Abnormally Attracted to Sin | Reviews | Tori Amos

Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to SinShe’s been compared to everyone from Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro to Kate Bush, but Tori Amos is really a one-of-a-kind artist. Born to a Methodist minister father and a homemaker mother, Tori has been charting her own course ever since her 1992 solo debut Little Earthquakes. That album featured “Me and a Gun,” which detailed Tori’s harrowing experience of being raped by an acquaintance. From then on, she has proven herself one of pop’s most daring figures.

A feminist who is often outspoken about issues, Tori makes challenging music. Her 1994 song “God” questioned male authority, while 1998’s “Jackie’s Strength” compared Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding day with her own. Tori’s 2001 album, Strange Little Girls, interpreted songs by the Beatles, Neil Young and other male artists from a distinctly female perspective. Meanwhile, the U.S.-born, U.K.-based artist, who has a nine-year-old daughter, Natashya, with her husband, recording engineer Mark Hawley, co-founded the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which operates a free hotline service.

Now, with Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Tori has released another slice of provocative pop, which examines power in politics, religion and sexuality. “Strong Black Vine,” which has hints of Led Zeppelin, looks at religious intolerance, while the waltz-like “Ophelia” urges women to free themselves from patricidal chains. Most striking is the DVD in the package, which contains 16 powerful short films that feature Tori acting out roles for each song. For Tori followers and fans of adventurous music, Abnormally Attracted to Sin is well worth checking out.

May 2009




Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Reddit! Del.icio.us! Mixx! Free and Open Source Software News Google! Live! Facebook! StumbleUpon! TwitThis Joomla Free PHP
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 December 2009 13:12 )
 

Reviews

News image

Various artists - West of Memphis: Voices for Justice

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Few cases have galvanized Hollywood and the music community more than the story of three teenage boys wrongfully convicted for the murder of three Cub Scouts. The Memphis Three’s release,...

News image

Barbra Streisand - Partners

2014 | Administrator | Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Streisand's done it all, winning Oscars, Emmys, Tonys and Grammys. She’s revered not only as a singer—who, at 72, still possesses remarkably strong pipes—but as a performer who has always...

News image

Kenny Chesney - Life on a Rock

2013 | Administrator | Monday, 13 May 2013

Chesney loves his Caribbean home, where he was briefly married to actress Renée Zellweger. Island-themed songs have long been a part of the country star’s music. Here, Chesney teams up...

News image

Neil Young - A Letter Home

2014 | Administrator | Sunday, 22 June 2014

Neil often defies expectations. Here, he releases a collection of tunes by his favorite songwriters recorded in a retro recording booth—with instant, if decidedly lo-fi results. Neil’s fans won’t mind:...

Features

News image

The Midway State - From Riches to Rags and Back Again

2012 | Administrator | Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nathan Ferraro doesn’t seem the least bit bitter—which is surprising, given everything he’s been through. In fact, the affable, afro-haired frontman exudes all the serenity...

News image

The Messengers

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 13 March 2013

For Adam Messinger and Nasri Atweh, success has come from having the right songs at the right time.             Within a month of relocating to...

News image

A Tribe Called Red

2013 | Administrator | Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ian Campeau will never forget the first Electric Pow Wow night. It was 2008 and he and fellow aboriginal DJ Bear Witness had the idea...

News image

Alex Cuba - A Magical Musical Blend

2012 | Administrator | Monday, 21 March 2011

  With his oversized Afro and razored sideburns, Alex Cuba cuts a cool figure, a cross between ’70s soul man and stylish rocker. It’s a...