Tori Amos – Native Invader (2017)

Following 2014’s “Unrepentant Geraldines,” Tori Amos has quietly entered into another confessional phase, with a return to her playfully odd chamber sound and fascinating lyrics after a decade or so of concept albums. Here, she’s focusing on Trump’s America and its political reverberations via an extended metaphor about nature, but it’s the more straightforward tracks that work best. Songs like “Reindeer King” and “Broken Arrow” recall the best of her early work while demonstrating how she’s evolved as an artist, while more sonically playful tracks like “Up the Creek” show her versatility. Any Tori Amos album is worth listening to, but this one in particular is accessible and entertaining, thanks to Amos’ renewed artistic inspiration.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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