Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines (2014)

A soft, melodic and compellingly contemporary addition to Tori Amos’s remarkably prolific discography, “Unrepentant Geraldines” is a sonic sequel to her own 1991 masterpiece “Little Earthquakes” and its 1994 follow-up “Under the Pink.” Amos updates many of her own career-long focuses on gender equality and tolerance from a maturing perspective, extending the dialogue to include ageism and the struggles of mature women in the entertainment industry. It’s remarkable to hear Amos tackle those issues with simultaneous vulnerability and resilience, which has a habit of underscoring the softness of the music and pointing to underlying pain and anger. Tracks like “Wild Way,” “Weatherman” and, especially, “16 Shades of Blue” and “Promise” represent some of her career-best work.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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