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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. 90
    Trading obscure metaphors for assertive personae, Amos sings with a remarkably forceful focus. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  2. If American Doll Posse sees her remain an acquired taste, those who have already been converted are in for a treat.
  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. 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.
  5. 60
    Here's a concept Tori: less is more. [Jun 2007, p.108]
  6. 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.
  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: 75 out of 82
  2. Negative: 4 out of 82
  1. Apr 14, 2013
    A very good comeback after the lethargic and bland The Beekeper. The songs are diverse in style, but each one is haunting in her own way. Tori proves she can tackle genres outside her usual domain, but still provides material for fans of her older, recognizeable style. Expand
  2. 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. Expand

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