Tori Amos

Na­tive In­vader

Mojo (UK) - - News - James McNair

DECCA. CD/DL/LP Al­bum num­ber 15 from Myra Ellen Amos.

Na­tive In­vader pur­port­edly ex­plores Mother Na­ture’s gift for re­newal and the ques­tion of whether we can fol­low suit, but for all its typ­i­cally To­rian billing, the more pro­saic if fer­tile topic at the heart of these songs seems to be love in cri­sis. “I am not giv­ing up on us,” sings Amos on Cloud Rid­ers, while even the pleas­ingly daft cho­rus of Choco­late Song comes af­ter she’s de­clared, “Now con­so­nants and vow­els are weaponry/We vowed to love eter­nally.” With its gospel in­tro, an­i­mate-sound­ing elec­tron­ics, creepy string runs and mo­torik groove, Up The Creek is an ace odd­ity, but there’s a re­newed em­pha­sis on qual­ity-con­trolled, sat-atthe-pi­ano singer-song­writ­ing here. With its classy in­tro and grace­ful mod­u­la­tions, Break­away is one of Amos’s finest late-pe­riod bal­lads, while Bang (as in The Big), re­calls hap­pier times and an ex­plo­sive love “so bright, it blinded me.”

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