American Doll Posse

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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter-pianist's ninth studio album is political, confrontational, and lengthy (at over 20 tracks)--and also falls under the dreaded "concept album" category, as its songs come from the viewpoints of five different characters.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Spin
    90
    Trading obscure metaphors for assertive personae, Amos sings with a remarkably forceful focus. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  2. A message to lapsed Tori Amos fans: come back. You won’t be bored.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Billboard
    60
    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]
  6. Uncut
    60
    American Doll Posse sounds like a return to more conventional songwriting form. [Jun 2007, p.87]
  7. Adding a set of young female characters to this drab mix only accentuates that a concept is needed to bolster the actual music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 84
  2. Negative: 4 out of 84
  1. TheKingOfRock
    Jun 30, 2007
    10
    Contains many great songs which somehow even fit together in spite of their variability, Tori is very talented musically, vocally and Contains many great songs which somehow even fit together in spite of their variability, Tori is very talented musically, vocally and lyrically and here she uses this talent to produce great music that is fun to listen to. Rocks and kicks ass.i Expand
  2. chris
    May 5, 2007
    10
    She NEVER fails to stun me, i think all her albums are all amazing for different reasons and this, is no exception! lots of fantasic songs. I She NEVER fails to stun me, i think all her albums are all amazing for different reasons and this, is no exception! lots of fantasic songs. I really am shocked when people say the don't get Tori, she is a musical genius! Expand
  3. MelissaC
    May 15, 2007
    10
    Amazing. Different. Beautiful. Inspirational. She needs everything wonderful to happen to her. She spreads wonder with each song. Thankou tori.
  4. RobbieC
    May 4, 2007
    9
    A real surprise following '05's Beesleeper. It rocks, it rolls, it shimmers, it shines. I highly recommend it.
  5. DJA.
    Jul 1, 2007
    9
    At first listen, its good. Second, its too heady, you sense she's tried to hard. Third time, you still sense its worthiness. Fourth, you At first listen, its good. Second, its too heady, you sense she's tried to hard. Third time, you still sense its worthiness. Fourth, you get it. Fifth listen and then on its a guilty pleasure and one it hooked. Amos worked harder than most to create this piece but at the end of it all its good music and when you can understand them, intelligent lyrics. Expand
  6. OP
    May 5, 2007
    8
    Would have been an easy 10/10 if the Pip songs had been cut from the line-up.
  7. DAneNo
    Jun 3, 2007
    0
    1 good song - bouncing - the rest is like Boys for Pele outtakes...

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