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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
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  1. Further mystical adventures from grunge-era Kate Bush.
  2. 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.
  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. Musically, the 17 songs here are mostly dark and sweeping, Amos hesitatiing to provide the big melodies to latch onto, rather roping the listener in with a feelinga and entrancing with her lyrics. [Summer 2009, p.64]
  6. The result is a set of prog-inspired balladry with less bounce than her last disc.
  7. Abnormally Attracted to Sin is, by quite some distance, her weakest album yet.

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Oct 10, 2011
    I 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. Apr 6, 2013
    An excellent Tori Amos album, as always. "Maybe California", "Welcome to England" and the title track are my personal favourites, with the first one being, in my opinion, one of her best ballads ever. Also, "Lady in Blue" is a terrific closer. As for the large number of tracks, I would, too, be happier if she moved some of them to B-sides or the Deluxe Edition, for example "Police Me", "Strong Black Vine", "Not Dying Today" and "500 Miles". I don't consider them bad, they are just most likely to be skipped over. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2012
    It is difficult to digest and understand the songs. The first time I heard it I said "Tori is no longer the same", however was enough play 20 times and you're done! I want to hear live. That is how feature "500 miles", "Fast horse" and "Starling" (which reminds a lot the album "From the choirgirl hotel"). Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2014
    I 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

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