Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tori Amos American Doll Posse

"American Doll Posse" is the ninth studio album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos, which was released in 2007. Like her previous albums "Strange Little Girls" (2001) and "Scarlet's Walk" (2002), "American Doll Posse" is a concept album, which entails five female personae Amos developed based on Greek mythology. Musically, the album is a drastic departure for Amos. Having stated that the box set "A Piano: The Collection (2006)" was the summation of her previous work and the end of an era, the album symbolizes a new chapter in her career and is her heaviest, most rock-influenced album to date.
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In detail, the five female personae of Tori Amos in "American Doll Posse" are the following:


1. Isabel(HisTORIcal) is based on the Greek goddess of the hunt Artemis. She is a  photographer and expresses her interest in politics. She is the voice of the songs "Yo George", "Mr. Bad Man", "Devils and Gods", "Almost Rosey", "Dark Side Of The Sun". In Amo's concerts she "interpreted" the songs  "Sweet Dreams", "In The Springtime Of His Voodoo", "Tombigbee", "Virginia", "Scarlet's Walk", "Sweet Sangria", "Mountain", The Exorcist theme "Part One", the Velvet Underground song "New Age", which Amos had previously covered under her own name in 2001.

2. Clyde (CliTORIdes) is based on the Greek goddess of the underworld Persephone. In Tori's own words, she "Wears her emotional wounds on her sleeve, but remains idealistic. She is looking at the effects of not being a whole person. She is trying to figure out what she believes in and she is dealing with having been disappointed in her life." She is the voice of the songs "Bouncing Off", "Girl Disappearing", "Roosterspur Bridge", "Beauty Of Speed", "Miracle"(with Tori). In Amo's concerts she "interpreted" the songs "Little Amsterdam", "Black-Dove (January)", "Juarez", "Little Earthquakes", "Upside Down", "Mary" and the Lloyd Cole track "Rattlesnakes," which Amos had previously covered under her own name in 2001. 

3. Pip (ExpiraTORIal) is based on the Greek goddess of war, wisdom and strategy Athena. She is a confrontational "warrior woman". She is the voice of the songs "Teenage Hustling", "Fat Slut", "Body and Soul" (with Santa), "Velvet Revolution", "Smokey Joe." In Amo's concerts she "interpreted" the songs "Bliss", "Cruel", "The Waitress", "Blood Roses", "Me And A Gun," "Professional Widow", "Suede", the Neil Young song "Heart Of Gold," which Amos had previously covered in 2001.

4. Santa (SanaTORIum) is based on the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She is sensual and passionate. She is the voice of the songs "You Can Bring Your Dog", "Secret Spell", "Body and Soul" (with Pip), "Programmable Soda", "Dragon", "My Posse Can Do", "Drive All Night." In Amo's concerts she "interpreted" the songs "Cruel", "God", "Sugar", "She's Your Cocaine", "Hoochie Woman", "Raspberry Swirl", "Bug A Martini", "Sweet The Sting", the Brazilian traditional song "Carnival."

5. Tori (TerraTORIes) is based on the Greek goddess Demeter and god Dionysus. It is a caricature of the artist herself, with promotional images released depicting the character holding sage and with a Bible in one hand and the word "shame" scrawled across the other. She is the voice of the songs "Big Wheel", "Digital Ghost", "Father's Son", "Code Red", "Posse Bonus", "Miracle" (with Clyde).

It has to be mentioned that as part of the marketing campaign, a series of blogs written by each character circulated on the Internet on various websites, with fans invited to "hunt" for the blogs. The blogs were updated during the tour through the end of 2007.

To conclude, "American Doll Posse" serves as Amos' third and final album under her contract with Epic Records, as Amos announced a year after the album's release that she would be operating independently of major record labels.



What do you think of Tori Amos' "American Doll Posse" album and its inspiration?

Source: Wikipedia


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