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  • Summary: The latest release for the singer-songwriter is her first independent album after ending her contract with Epic Records.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The songs in between are the exploration of the journey from that dark, quiet beginning to that beautifully indulgent conclusion, and boy are there some twists and turns along the way.
  2. Her 12th studio release, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, finds her in full command of her expanded arsenal, creating an overall sound that's as psychedelic as it is classic.
  3. A 17-song steam trunk of an album, the new collection strikes a canny balance between Victorian-inspired decadence, mythical pathos and arch camp.
  4. Abnormally Attracted To Sin is a long haul, but among these 18 songs ate some of the best Amos has written. [Jun 2009, p.123]
  5. Abnormally Attracted To Sin turns out to be a collection of tracks that simply doesn't work as a whole because it can't properly be listened to in one go. Pity, for somewhere in amongst it all Tori proves that she's still capable of producing a storming album.
  6. 50
    Unfortunately, these hook-starved arrangements tend toward a static brand of ambient cabaret, which makes Amos' lyrics easy to tune out. Too many little earthquakes, not enough seismic jolts.
  7. 40
    Toris 10th refuses to gel into anything illuminating. [Jun 2009, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Oct 10, 2011
    10
    I have been listening to Tori Amos for almost 20 years now. I have experienced her evolution over time. Like anybody, we go throughI have been listening to Tori Amos for almost 20 years now. I have experienced her evolution over time. Like anybody, we go through transitions. Abnormally Attracted to Sin is by far my favorite transformation she has shared with her audience. AAtS is not instant gratification, you must research it's origins and listen for musical signals in each Sin based song. It's a beautiful collection of electric gothic inspired tunes surely that will stand the test of time. Once you get it, you won't let go. Start with the title track, examine the subtext, concentrate on the layers of sounds, from there work your way out..... There's a key hole on the back of the cd for a reason. Mmm Expand
  2. ShaneK
    May 20, 2009
    10
    Yes, this album is long, but even the few songs that would've been B-sides have a certain charm, and I'm glad they are on the disc. Yes, this album is long, but even the few songs that would've been B-sides have a certain charm, and I'm glad they are on the disc. I have been a fan for 15 years, and this is her most impressive effort in quite a while. Lush electronics and vocals, all beautifully wrapped up in trademark Tori weirdness. This album exceeded all my expectations! Expand
  3. JulioA
    May 29, 2009
    10
    The more i listen to this album the more i like it... thats the good thing about Tori, she creates songs 4 a lifetime not for 2 weeks or 2 The more i listen to this album the more i like it... thats the good thing about Tori, she creates songs 4 a lifetime not for 2 weeks or 2 months. I still love and listen Little earthquakes, the Beekepper and all of her albums as if they came out 4 sale yesterday... AATS is a rare and dark masterpiece...hard at first but beautiful and captivating then, just like its creator. Expand
  4. Lori
    May 20, 2009
    8
    A bit on the long side, but for the most part very enjoyable. I skip past 3 or 4 songs that seem like filler or b-side material, but I find A bit on the long side, but for the most part very enjoyable. I skip past 3 or 4 songs that seem like filler or b-side material, but I find myself really loving a lot of the songs more than I did her previous album American Doll Posse. Expand
  5. ripv
    Jul 4, 2009
    8
    Yes it's not as good as the early stuff, but I feel it's better than the last two albums, it's more interesting and easily Yes it's not as good as the early stuff, but I feel it's better than the last two albums, it's more interesting and easily more listenable, less irritating. Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2014
    6
    I find this album slightly tedious. It's better than Beekeeper, A LITTLE, maybe.... but some of these songs are just embarrassing. Not evenI find this album slightly tedious. It's better than Beekeeper, A LITTLE, maybe.... but some of these songs are just embarrassing. Not even cute. What is going on with her sometimes? lol Flavor, Curtain Call, and Fast Horse are brilliant songs. There are always at least a handful with Amos. This is only her second mediocre record. Expand
  7. SisterJanet1219
    Jul 23, 2009
    3
    I have been a Toriphile for so long now, I can't even count the years. With that said it pains me so greatly to see her come to this. I have been a Toriphile for so long now, I can't even count the years. With that said it pains me so greatly to see her come to this. "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" is, by far, one of the worst pieces of work she has come out with. I never thought I would dislike her work as much as I do on this record. I much prefer "Y Kant Tori Read" to this, at least that album was honest and, shockingly, not as over-produced as this one. I have always loved how she continuously evolves from record to record but with "Abnormally" I feel that she has just thrown together 20 years worth of worthless "B" sides and called it a night. I love you Tori, but even you can't be as proud of this as you were of your work of old. Expand

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