Tori Amos has revealed “Trouble’s Lament,” the first single from her forthcoming new studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. Set for release in the U.S. on May 13th on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics, Unrepentant Geraldines is pop/rock in both content and feel, and one step further in the evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation.
“Trouble’s Lament” is an eerie Southern blues song in which Amos’s matchless voice conjures up images of how the “flames from Satan’s tongue are charged and licking at her heels…” “Having been born in North Carolina, the South walks with me wherever I am in the world,” says Amos. “I can’t get it out of my DNA. I don’t know if it’s a genetic thing, because my mother’s side, so far back, is from the Eastern Cherokee nation. So it’s really in the blood. It’s almost like you listen to the land speaking to you. And wherever I am I can hear the South calling me. I really like the idea that trouble was a young woman….I see her on my travels a lot. And maybe I knew her many years ago when I was in my twenties.”
Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for the world over. She explains, “After 2009 I walked into three records that are sort of a period of writing that was a different stylistic choice. I needed to walk away from contemporary songwriting. I needed to do something different as a writer.” But those three diverse album projects (Midwinter Graces, Night of Hunters, Gold Dust) followed by her first full-bore theatrical project (The Light Princess) alchemized something anew within. Out of the flux of ambition and distraction and imagination came Amos’ fourteenth studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. It’s an album on which Amos once more zeroes in on the writing of brightly melodic, deftly evocative chamber-pop.
Unrepentant Geraldines Tracklisting:
2. Trouble’s Lament
3. Wild Way
4. Wedding Day
6. 16 Shades of Blue
7. Maids of Elfen-mere
9. Giant’s Rolling Pin
11. Unrepentant Geraldines
13. Rose Dover
14. Invisible Boy
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