Tori Amos, Native Invader
While some compare every piano-driven confessional singer-songwriter to Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos should be granted special dispensation for maintaining a consistently surreal high quality over 30 years of composing. Native Invader
, one of her quieter and more synth-driven works, follows a decade that’s offered some of Amos’ best recordings, including American Doll Posse
and Unrepentant Geraldines
. Tracks like “Bats” and “Up the Creek” are about acting as stewards of the planet, while “Climb” appeals to St. Veronica to maintain a distance from the dangers of the secular Earth. Amos makes this album a family affair, with daughter Tash on backing vocals and husband Mark Hawley providing keyboards and engineering. (Mac Aladdin on guitars is the sole significant outsider). The planet has not grown old gracefully in the 26 years since her debut solo work, but at least Amos is a reliable chronicler of the planet’s demise.
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