It's no surprise that when it comes strictly to her sound she's most frequently compared to Kate Bush. Like that English songstress, Amos possesses a delicate yet precocious style that often appears to hover just above terra firma. And like Bush, Amos can simultaneously exude feistiness and vulnerability.
To wit, the new album's most provocative entry, "Wild Way," finds her castigating a lover with a repeated refrain that consists solely of "I hate you," even while owning up to the fact that her defenses have completely crumbled.
Still, despite her tendency to get swept up in emotional overload, Tori's soaring soprano, gilded piano playing, and effervescent arrangements remain unparalleled.
And when she clears her palette of anything that appears ominous, the reassuring results echo with a grace and sigh all her own.
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Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Tour. With Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou. Sunday, August 24. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $38.50 to $52.50 plus fees via livenation.com. All ages. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.
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