Tori Amos came out with a new album today. I pre-ordered a hard copy of the delux version, so I caved and downloaded the leaked digital version early. (That, and the whole album was streamable on myspace officially.) I have to say that the whole thing is a darker, more adult, but I still wish it was a tad bit edgier. It was lackluster.

I love her and all, but the album lacks anything extraordinary. Overall it is a bit sexier and loungier. I like “Strong Black Vine” (where you get a taste of “From the Choirgirl Hotel” She’s Your Cocaine rock), Flavor, and Curtain Call. I feel like Flavor is on the cusp of being something I would love… but it feels too tried. Fire to Your Plain and Police me is also enjoyable, but lacks any distinguishing features that when done right by Tori, is amazing.

None of it excites me, though. Some of the songs listed above have some real potential to be electric during a live performance, but in the album, they seem a bit bland and too cohesive in a droning way.

One thing that baffles me, though, is that in the preliminary reviews, everyone compares her to Kate Bush. That comparison should die in this album… Although the sad thing is that I think the album could be a bit better if it was little Bushier.

Perhaps I will change my tune after listening to it for a while. And don’t get me wrong, you’ll still find me supporting her daughter’s college education fund by going to a few concerts.

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