Tori Amos, 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin' (Universal Republic)

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by Mikael Wood

On her tenth studio album, Tori Amos writes no less penetratingly than she did on her first about the way women navigate the intersection between sex and power. "By the time you're 25, they will say, 'You've gone and blown it,' " she sings in "Curtain Call." "By the time you're 35, I must confide, you will have blown them all." Unfortunately, these hook-starved arrangements tend toward a static brand of ambient cabaret, which makes Amos' lyrics easy to tune out. Too many little earthquakes, not enough seismic jolts.

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