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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
Tori: Promise not to say Tash: that you told me so Promise not to say Tori: that I'm getting too old Tash: Promise not to take Tori: never take your... 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: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. May 22, 2014
    10
    Unrepentant Geraldines, that’s kind of a return to form for her, filled with the baroque piano-led pop/rock that made her a mainstay in theUnrepentant Geraldines, that’s kind of a return to form for her, filled with the baroque piano-led pop/rock that made her a mainstay in the first place. Her lyrics are smart and her voice has a real edge to it that matches well with her top-tier songwriting. 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. Dec 11, 2017
    10
    this is fresh and clean. it's the old tori but with a sound more mature
    the best song here is wedding day but all the songs without exception
    this is fresh and clean. it's the old tori but with a sound more mature
    the best song here is wedding day but all the songs without exception are amazing
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  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. Jan 21, 2015
    9
    This album sounds like the old Tori we all know and love while still managing to sound fresh. She's really stripped down her music to the moreThis album sounds like the old Tori we all know and love while still managing to sound fresh. She's really stripped down her music to the more acoustic piano-driven style that suits her well. The lyrics are poetic yet not obtuse like some of her other stuff (Pele, for example), and her voice has never sounded sweeter. This is a thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish, with a heartfelt melancholy vibe that really gets to me every time I listen to it.

    Personal Favorites: America, Weatherman, Promise, Unrepentant Geraldines, Oysters
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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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