April 4, 2007
Patriarchal authority, etc etc
The Doll Posse: Santa, Clyde, Isabelle, Tori, and Pip.
These strange little girls are the posse of singers on Tori Amos's new album, American Doll Posse. These girls sing the songs, including some duets, mmm'kay? They even write their own blogs. It's like American Girls high on acid and Paglia.
Tori just gave an interview to Starpulse about the album and there is a lot of talk about the "compartmentalized feminine", Dionysus and - err - a "casual approach to rubber."
Tori tells Starpulse she will appear on tour as a different girl each night at the start of the show: "I love the idea of this multimedia project being improvisational. Improv in front of a mass audience…this allows the five women to explore and develop as opposed to them being restrained and contained in a portraiture medium."
I know, I'm such a philistine, but has Tori lost her mind(s)? I'm trying not to be a crazed fan, who gets all nutty and overly negative / positive about an album before I have heard it. These reports are just a bit... Sybil. Many of the problems I found with the last record - too many songs, constricting high concept - seem to be repeating here. One thing seems fairly clear: the abum has more guitar and potentially more pep, so it won't be as meandering as the last one.