Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 90
    Trading obscure metaphors for assertive personae, Amos sings with a remarkably forceful focus. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  2. "ADP" is often fun but sometimes overwrought, and non-fans may find it too much.
  3. 80
    Texturally, it's a middle ground between her searing early album Under the Pink and the sun-dappled 2005 The Beekeeper. [Jun 2007, p.105]
  4. Some of her best work in years is here... There's far too much, though; cut to 10 tracks it would have been her one of her most significant records.
  5. If American Doll Posse sees her remain an acquired taste, those who have already been converted are in for a treat.
  6. A message to lapsed Tori Amos fans: come back. You won’t be bored.
  7. Grand conceit aside, "American Doll Posse" is a great art-pop album.
  8. If American Doll Posse would have been edited into a shorter, more concise record, it could have been Amos’s best. Instead, it fits nicely alongside her best work, but is a little bit too bogged down with its sometimes preachy, non-descript politics and too many of the usual suspects in the mix.
  9. Imagine an amalgam of The White Album, The Kick Inside and Professor Longhair, all conceived as an off-Broadway extravaganza directed by Julie Taymor.
  10. Her musical vision and production skills are almost astonishing in places. [But] American Doll Posse is a work that has its problems due to its sprawling nature.
  11. If still too uneven and entirely too overstuffed to rank among her most essential albums, American Doll Posse is certainly Amos's most ambitious record, both for the breadth of its sound and for the scope of its driving concept.
  12. 60
    Here's a concept Tori: less is more. [Jun 2007, p.108]
  13. 60
    American Doll Posse sounds like a return to more conventional songwriting form. [Jun 2007, p.87]
  14. In typical Tori fashion, there's way too much conceptual malarkey surrounding the songs, but if you can ignore her fake posse, you'll find this is Amos' best album in many years.
  15. Despite it being more rock-oriented than 2005's "The Beekeeper," this album isn't much of a sonic progression, and it takes a while for "Posse" to find its voice. [5 May 2007]
  16. Too bad Posse is a conceptual wreck, because it benefits from some of the beefiest, most borderline-glam-rock moments Amos has put on record.
  17. Ambitious, high-concept albums are one thing, but Posse's just a boring mess.
  18. The touches of old Tori ("Girl Disappearing," "Body and Soul") are fairly solid, but most often she gets lost in her mental "posse."
  19. Adding a set of young female characters to this drab mix only accentuates that a concept is needed to bolster the actual music.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 82
  2. Negative: 4 out of 82
  1. Ck
    Oct 6, 2007
    Big fan, but I just don't get this one. There are a couple of great tracks, but for the most part, ADP falls completely flat for me. While the Beekeeper was also not her best - can someone tell me which songs on ADP are better than Barons of Suburbia, Mother Revolution, or the power of orange knickers? Anyone rating this album above a 5, is seriously kidding themselves. Full Review »
  2. ShaneequaJ
    Apr 30, 2007
    It's definitely better than The Beekeeper. The problem with ADP is that there's too much. The album is bloated with interludes that don't amount to anything. However, there are some highlights with it. "Dragon" is amazing, and "Smokey Joe" is haunting. Get rid of about 9 or 10 tracks and this album will be pretty solid. Full Review »
  3. Apr 19, 2014
    Pretty exciting and different after that last sleepfest The Beekeeper. Doesn't reach the heights of her earlier greatness, but a very fun, very glam record where Tori takes risks and tries on new clothes and new musical styles and does it mostly very well. Fun and crazy record. Full Review »