I was pretty skeptical about American Doll Posse, so I went into it cautiously, and was rather put off by the album at first. But, being a big Tori fan for so many years, I felt obligated to buy the album when it came out. And am I ever glad I did. I've been playing it almost non-stop in my car since I purchased it.
This isn't a perfect album, but I'll venture to say it has some of Tori's best-written songs on it. "Bouncing off Clouds", "Secret Spell", "Digital Ghost", "Beauty of Speed", "Father's Son" are all great candidates for that category...it also features some embarrassing and nonsense songs that can almost feel like interruptions...these are "Yo George", "Teenage Hustling", "Programmable Soda", "Fat Slut" and "Posse Bonus"...I also have a hard time with "Code Red" and "Dark Side of the Sun", because her voice does that raspy thing that really grates on my nerves..
So, it's not a perfect album. Actually, I might make my own mix of it and omit 6 or 7 tracks...but nestled amongst those 23 tracks are some REALLY great treasures that make this an easy album for me to recommend. Actually, I wouldn't only recommend it but would encourage people to check it out. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are a ton of great songs on the album, but I find myself skipping over a lot of the songs. I would say the ratio of good songs to bad songs is maybe 60/40 right now for me, though I'm told it will get better on repeat listens.
I do think I need to spend more time with it. Part of my impressions is colored by what I think is a rather silly and pretentious concept and cover art and the really just embarrassing opener track "Yo George." I feel the same as Tori (or whichever doll she's being at the time) but the song feels sort of trite, like a 13-year-old scribbling in a notebook. Plus, I do feel it's about five years too late to really have much impact. It's an easy thing to say NOW.
However, I do think there's a lot to like about the album. Maybe I just need some time away (and maybe a burned copy without the first track) to really appreciate it. (email@example.com)
American Doll Posse, for me, is the best disc since at least Boys for Pele, and I might even like it more than that. (My fave remains Under The Pink.) American Doll Posse has some great stuff on it, but she desperately needed someone with a red pencil to go through and cut about 20-30 minutes from it...the 80-minute album is just way too long. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's definitely not The Beekeeper II. I did like that album—and I still think "Ribbons Undone" may be the most perfect song Tori's released since "Silent All These Years"—but yeah, it was time for a course correction, and it's pretty clear to me from American Doll Posse that she knew it.
Beekeeper struck me as a meditation. American Doll Posse strikes me as what happens when, rearmed by that meditation, one decides to resume rocking the f—— out. This is her noisiest album yet (at least in the first half), and it's right up there in terms of humor and charm, and her incomparable spirit just shines through every measure. (email@example.com)
I need to listen to Posse more. My impressions of it so far are that it has a few songs I really like, a couple I dislike, and a lot I can't make up my mind about.
I doubt I'll ever like it as much as her pre-2005 albums though. Maybe I'm just overly critical because I love her old stuff so much... (firstname.lastname@example.org)
while there are a few moments I love on this album, most of it I just find irritating, and largely unmemorable. To me, Tori appears to becoming stranger and stranger, just for strangeness sake, sacrificing piano skills and melody in the process. (email@example.com)
I'd been resisting Tori for a long time, for all the usual reasons—"Oh, she's just too out there," etc. This album broke my resistance. I heard some of the songs on Pandora and had to buy it. It's in my top of 2007 list, even if it's uneven—some tracks I love, some I just can't stand. (lotterose @ gmail . com)