Unrepentant Geraldines

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  • Summary: The 14th studio release for the singer-songwriter is said to be a return to her piano-centric alternative pop/rock sound.
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Promise
Promise not to say That you told me so Promise not to say That I'm getting too old Promise not to take Never take your phone I mean take their... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 13, 2014
    91
    Despite the serious subject matter, Unrepentant Geraldines has a lightness--and even creative joy--that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
  2. 83
    Folks will either freak out over this album or abhor its very existence, and that is exactly what makes it so good.
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    80
    Unrepentant Geraldines has an irresistible lightness of touch about it: its charms initially seem modest next to the towers of ambition Amos has previously created, but the generosity of melody and sheer prettiness of the sound wins through in the end.
  4. May 13, 2014
    74
    Despite the nods to “Strawberry Fields Forever” on opener “America,” Unrepentant Geraldines bridles and bristles against the constraints of pop music.
  5. 70
    In the end, Unrepentant Geraldines goes far to re-establish the sense of intimacy that won Amos her audience’s unwavering devotion; there’s a level of honesty characterizing the project that should jibe well with them, and she’s in confident voice throughout without ever sounding canned or over-calculated.
  6. Under The Radar
    Jun 6, 2014
    60
    All the usual thematic motifs make an appearance, for good or ill. [Jun/Jul 2014, p.84]
  7. May 12, 2014
    50
    If Unrepentant Geraldines is indeed visual art, it's more of a polite Norman Rockwell than a vomit-stained Sherman. The former goes great with dinner, but I await the gastric upset of the latter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 22, 2014
    10
    ‎Unrepentant Geraldines is probably the best Tori Amos album in 10 years. I was really worried it was gonna suck after the **** album art and‎Unrepentant Geraldines is probably the best Tori Amos album in 10 years. I was really worried it was gonna suck after the **** album art and not initially talking to the first single but very pleasantly surprised. Some real gems on there, Wild Way, 16 Shades Of Blue and Promise and my faves on first listen. Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    10
    I can't get over it. I thought Tori was done making truly remarkable, inspired albums. This is perhaps her best album. I'm stunned. The firstI can't get over it. I thought Tori was done making truly remarkable, inspired albums. This is perhaps her best album. I'm stunned. The first few songs are very much like her 2002 record Scarlet's Walk (her last truly remarkable record, in my opinion), then "Weatherman" is her most devastating track since the 90s. "16 Shades of Blue" and "Promise" are completely new territory for her, and really for anyone. This is fresh stuff. Bravo. Expand
  3. May 16, 2014
    10
    One of the best albums she's released. The piano-driven songs are compelling while songs like Rose Dover and Trouble's Lament are interesting.One of the best albums she's released. The piano-driven songs are compelling while songs like Rose Dover and Trouble's Lament are interesting. The bonus tracks are equally good (especially Dixie). Expand
  4. May 22, 2014
    10
    I have been listening to this like non stop since I got it in the mail two days ago.

    Favorites are Weatherman, 16 Shades of Blue, Wild Way,
    I have been listening to this like non stop since I got it in the mail two days ago.

    Favorites are Weatherman, 16 Shades of Blue, Wild Way, Giant’s Rolling Pin, the title track, Invisible Boy, and Forest of Glass.

    I think I really like all of them though I am really liking this. However, I feel like Rose Dover is Ribbons Undone pt. 2 (but better thank god) and Invisible Boy is like coming off the end of Happy Phantom.

    Promise makes me cry if I’m in the mood that should be a single.

    I can’t wait to hear some of these live in August. Preferably 16 Shades of Blue because I relate to that way too deeply.
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  5. May 14, 2014
    10
    The album as a whole is excellent, and yes, a few of the songs are just okay (I would have replaced Giant's Rolling Pin with the b-side WhiteThe album as a whole is excellent, and yes, a few of the songs are just okay (I would have replaced Giant's Rolling Pin with the b-side White Telephone to God), but this is a solid Amos album, and the journey to get here has been exciting.

    Each song on Unrepentant Geraldines harkens back to something from her past, and my favorite is the line you can draw from "Crucify" straight to "God" and then up the hill to "Pancake" and end with "Unrepentant Geraldines." You see her emotionally insecure on Crucify, and God she begins to challenge this construct, and by Pancake she is staring him right in the face, and then she ends up here, with Unrepentant Geraldines, saying I'm finished, I'm unrepentant, I am strong. It's a beautiful journey to see where she started and where she has finally reached.

    I look forward to her future output.

    10/10
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  6. May 13, 2014
    9
    This is a truly beautiful record. Closer in style to a blend of Under the Pink and Scarlet's Walk than the heavier, more production-heavy workThis is a truly beautiful record. Closer in style to a blend of Under the Pink and Scarlet's Walk than the heavier, more production-heavy work of American Doll Posse and Abnormally Attracted to Sin, the shift in sound should be welcomed for those who want to hear the voice and piano up front and centre. 'Wild Way' is her most gorgeous and heart-wrenching ballad since 'Northern Lad' - if it lacks the soaring musical grandeur of the latter, it more than makes up for it in intensity. 'Oysters' and 'Weatherman' also shine as highlights, as does the rollicking mini-epic title track. It starts off feeling like the good bits of The Beekeeper, soars through a Police-like mid-section and then breaks down into truly beautiful piano section that recalls 'Icicle' meshing with 'Ruby Through the Looking Glass.'

    The record isn't perfect... the Beatles-inspired 'Giant's Rolling Pin' is a pretty entertaining romp about surveillance culture, but it feels more like a fun B-side, and doesn't really fit well in situation. 'Promise', a duet with daughter Tash, is genuinely more endearing than mawkish (and Tash sings excellently) - but again, it doesn't gel especially well with the rest of the tracks. But these are very minor quibbles in the face of how exquisitely crafted the rest of the album feels. I'd equate it roughly to the way that 'She's Your Cocaine' and 'Raspberry Swirl' feel out of place on 'From the Choirgirl Hotel' - fine tracks, but not really in their right place. All in all, this is a really, truly fine album, and deserves the love it is receiving from many reviewers.

    Also, as a closer... I've wanted to say this for a while - this is the record that has finally proven something that I've suspected for a long time: that there are sections of Tori Amos' fan base (including many commercial reviewers) who will NEVER be happy with anything she does post-90s. I read time, and time, and time again on post-90s Amos reviews that somehow she's completely changed and lost her power as a writer, that she has grown old and safe and stale. What these reviewers ACTUALLY want, isn't a new record - it is to be back in the mid 90s again, to feel young and like music was their whole life. To listen to a more recent record and observe that it isn't as 'meaningful' or 'important' as something you enjoyed as a moody teenager who wrote poetry and FELT everything is one thing - but to assign the cause of that shift to the artist and none to yourself and how YOU have changed is ridiculous.
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  7. May 13, 2014
    1
    I've been a Tori fan since "Little Earthquakes," but I'm just not feeling this one at all. I've listened to it once and feel no desire toI've been a Tori fan since "Little Earthquakes," but I'm just not feeling this one at all. I've listened to it once and feel no desire to listen to it again. It just felt like Tori on Xanax. I just kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. The best Tori songs and albums seemed to transport me to a different time or place... but this one seemed to trap me in a little girl's music box... from like a hundred years ago... and I just couldn't wait to get out.

    It's just disappointing, because the title, "Unrepentant Geraldines," suggested something exciting, something stirring. I just didn't find it here. I'm really surprised that it's getting such high praise from fans and critics... because I think it's her worst album... and there's not even one song that I want to listen to again.

    Oh, well... I guess I can wait for the next one. I just hope it's nothing like this one.
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