• Record Label: Decca
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Sep 7, 2017
    90
    What makes Native Invader a work of genius--a kind of Great American novel, perhaps--is that it seamlessly blends the personal, political, natural and cosmic into the same story.
  2. Sep 11, 2017
    83
    Native Invader isn’t as confrontational as Amos’ early work, and as a result, once or twice the album takes a brief detour into coffeeshop cliché. But even the sillier lyrical content is elevated by Amos’ talent for arrangement and distinctive snippets of melody.
  3. 83
    The strength of this album, and the 14 that precede it, is the immense healing and soothing found in the sheer beauty of Amos’ vocal delivery.
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 27, 2017
    80
    Her marriage of musical gentleness and raw despair takes her to a whole new level. [Nov 2017, p.104]
  5. Sep 8, 2017
    80
    It adds up to one of the most purposeful full-length statements in her quarter-century career.
  6. Sep 7, 2017
    80
    Amos may never again sound the way she did in the ‘90s, nor should she feel the need to. She confidently wields her status as a veteran rock performer, dispensing wisdom and evoking complex, unspeakable emotions with inimitable skill.
  7. Sep 6, 2017
    80
    Native Invader stands tall with its own vital voice and energy, alluding to beloved touchstones from throughout Amos' oeuvre while remaining fully of its time.
  8. 80
    Like the best of Amos’ work over the past 20 years, what makes Native Invader exceptional is its complexity: songs are laid out like puzzles, ready for the subjectivity of the listener, with no obvious interpretations.
  9. Sep 13, 2017
    75
    The album is spacious and enveloping even as it warns of horrors down the line.
  10. Sep 8, 2017
    71
    Native Invader is not one of Tori’s sexier albums, nor is it as playful as she’s demonstrated herself capable of being. But it’s strong and unwavering in its commitment to being muse-driven and unafraid.
  11. Sep 18, 2017
    70
    As ever with Amos’ more recent albums, it’s a bit overlong and some songs, especially in the album’s mid-section, float by without ever making much of an impression. ... Yet when Tori is on form, she still sounds as vital and exciting as she did 25 years ago.
  12. Sep 7, 2017
    70
    Yes, Native Invader is an effectual statement by an artist who has built her career on making them, but at times it feels a little restrained in its tone compared to some of her most memorable work.
  13. Sep 14, 2017
    65
    Native Invader is a step back from Unrepentant Geraldines, but still boasts enough quality to suggest that she has another stellar album in her.
  14. Sep 7, 2017
    60
    Across its 15 tracks, there are moments of greatness: Reindeer King is a swelling piano ballad about grief that boasts an ambient underside, while the aforementioned Up the Creek fuses a countryfied guitar loop with ominous strings, electro beats and backing vocals from Amos’s teenage daughter, Tash, to create a multifaceted soundscape. ... However, much of this album is forgettable.
  15. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    With such weighty subject matter, and with some own personal trauma influencing the record, it’s sadly lacking in bite or overall attack.
  16. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    When Amos eschews her band in favor of barer piano-and-vocal arrangements—as on the contemplative “Breakaway,” the surprisingly reverent “Climb,” and the lush “Mary's Eyes,” a mournful plea to the gods to reverse Amos's mother's aphasia--Native Invader fulfills the promise of its stunning opener.
  17. Sep 5, 2017
    60
    he languid mid-tempo tones are certainly pleasant and, on the likes of Wildwood, sometimes capture a sense of achingly beautiful melancholia. Still, you’re left longing for Amos’s social commentary to be laced with just a little more venom to truly conjure the state of upheaval in the world.
  18. 40
    Having spent so long exploring the intensely personal, she struggles here to find the right tone for more public matters.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 85
  2. Negative: 4 out of 85
  1. Sep 20, 2017
    10
    This is a pretty impressive album. Hands down her best recording since Scarlet's Walk. The songs are diverse, but overall the music soundsThis is a pretty impressive album. Hands down her best recording since Scarlet's Walk. The songs are diverse, but overall the music sounds cohesive and inspired. Both the instruments and Amos's voice benefit from a remarkable production, certainly inspired by the 70s, from Fleetwood Mac to James Taylor to Elton John. This is particularly noticeable in songs like "Broken Arrow", "Cloud Riders", "Wildwood", "Bats" or "Benjamin". However, other songs show a more current sound: this is the case of "Wings" and "Up the Creek", the former being a warm trip hop number, the latter an urgent shot of synth pop. Amos's trademark piano ballads also find their place in the tracklist, with "Reindeer King" being the most brilliant song in the album. Give it a try, it's really a great collection of songs. Full Review »
  2. Sep 8, 2017
    10
    Incredible record, the best Tori Amos' album since Scarlett's Walk, she has made an amazing album that is among the best releases of the year!Incredible record, the best Tori Amos' album since Scarlett's Walk, she has made an amazing album that is among the best releases of the year! She still has her spark! Full Review »
  3. Dec 7, 2017
    10
    her best album since scarlet's walk
    reindeer king 5/5
    wings 5/5 broken arrow 4/5 cloud riders 4/5 up the creek 5/5 breakaway 4/5
    her best album since scarlet's walk
    reindeer king 5/5
    wings 5/5
    broken arrow 4/5
    cloud riders 4/5
    up the creek 5/5
    breakaway 4/5
    wildwoood 5/5
    chocolate song 5/5
    bang 5/5
    climb 5/5
    bats 5/5
    benjamin 5/5
    marys eyes 5/5
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