Strictly for established fans

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 July, 2009, 12:00am

The 10th album by the 10-time Grammy-nominated Tori Amos, Abnormally Attracted to Sin is her first independent album after ending her contract with Sony.

The tracks mostly take the form of stories. From a suicidal mother to a troubled teenager who is involved with a drug addict married woman, Amos adopts different personae to deal with controversial topics.

Amos' father is a minister, and she is often critical of religion, so this album is definitely not for the deeply religious or the pessimistic.

Amos also seems to be trying out different compositional styles; this is broadly a pop album, but features songs such as the jazzy closer Lady in Blue. These experiments result in a fragmented, even chaotic, album.

The disc kicks off with the rather depressing Give. This is followed by Welcome to England, a song about a woman staying with her English boyfriend in his sunless country - Amos herself lives with her English husband in a country house in Cornwall.

Much of the rest of the album is dark and verging on depressing. There are exceptions: Mary Jane is surprisingly comedic, and the love songs, in which she doesn't lament the state of the world, are also bearable.

As always with Amos, if you like her, you'll like this.