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.”