Genius, magical and an absolutely necessary poetic voice for nature and resilience in dark times, with enough uplift, strength and compassion that it keeps a perfect balance of light and dark. Always the best, Tori is a genius modern composer, birthing consistent classics for over 25 years.
Highly recommended to both longtime Amos listeners and newcomers to her work. Released singles - Cloud Riders, Up the Creek - cannot be faulted. However, the heart of the album is simply stunning - Wildwood, Chocolate Song, Bats, Bang, and Mary's Eyes. Love the (bonus?) tracks Upside Down 2 with reference to her older song and 'Russia' ("Is Stalin on your shoulder?" Great line!) with its response to contemporary US politics. She did say that this album is as 'produced' as From the Choirgirl Hotel. But it seems that in spirit and content these song-girls are related to Scarlet's Hidden Treasures and The Beekeeper.
Reindeer king, is an incredible opus that starts the journey. Up the creek (sublime piano playing), is a wonderful up tempo duet with Natasha, and Bang, Breakaway, chocolate song, Climb and Mary's eyes are other highlights of this in fine form album.
Wasted Talent I feel that as Amos ages, the worse her music becomes. I think that it is not as figurative and increasingly lacks in harmony. I believe that Amos sounds like a chirping nightingale being chased by a hunter: interrupted and without direction. Just listen to the samples of Native Invader if you do not trust me! I feel that in her older works, Amos was bold and anguished. I think that Amos's fame and later path in life negatively impacted her creative genius. I believe that Amos got too big for herself! I feel that the majority of reviews for the album are typed by unwavering fans. I think that there is not any cohesiveness between Upside Down and Upside Down 2. If one listens to both songs, I believe that he or she will understand my sorrow for Amos's regression from better produced works (since Upside Down is one of her earliest tunes). Overall, I feel that Native Invader possesses very few moments of melodic clarity and is backed by Amos's meager tone for environmental change.
I really like her sound. Kind of music you'd play if you're kicking it back and wanting to take it easy with some chill music. This is it.
A great return to form. Bonus tracks on deluxe edition well worth it.