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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.
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. 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: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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 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 22, 2014
    10
    After my third listen, I definitely think Unrepentant Geraldines is Tori’s best album since Scarlet’s Walk (sorry, American Doll Posse), maybe even one of her best ever. I’m so happy. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. May 22, 2014
    10
    I am SO in love with this album. It ranks just under Little Earthquakes, Boys for Pele, and From the Choirgirl Hotel. I actually like it better than Under the Pink and Scarlett’s Walk. (and I LOVE those two albums very much)

    Promise (Tori’s duet with her daughter Tash) just makes me tear up. I can not stop listening.
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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 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
    10
    This is an absolutely amazing album and a total return to form for Tori, and the fans seem to be responding accordingly. She is back to making emotional and powerful songs from the heart. Despite her post-Scarlet's Walk albums being passable, this one takes her back to her brilliance of her old days. Long-time Tori fans won't be diss appointed, nor will new fans. Expand
  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 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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