American Doll Posse
- yo george 1:27 (isabel)
- big wheel 3:18 (tori)
- bouncing off clouds 4:08 (clyde)
- teenage hustling 3:59 (pip)
- digital ghost 3:51 (tori)
- you can bring your dog 4:03 (santa)
- mr. bad man 3:19 (isabel)
- fat slut 0:40 (pip)
- girl disappearing 4:00 (clyde)
- secret spell 4:03 (santa)
- devils and gods 0:52 (isabel)
- body and soul 3:56 (pip & santa)
- father’s son 4:00 (tori)
- programmable soda 1:25 (santa)
- code red 5:26 (tori)
- roosterspur bridge 4:00 (clyde)
- beauty of speed 4:08 (clyde)
- almost rosey 5:22 (isabel)
- velvet revolution 1:19 (pip)
- dark side of the sun 4:18 (isabel)
- posse bonus 1:50 (tori)
- smokey joe 4:16 (pip)
- dragon 5:05 (santa)
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Released April 30, 2007 (UK, Europe)
Released May 1, 2007 (US)
Released May 8, 2007 (Canada)
Tori Amos (as Tori, Isabel, Clyde, Santa, & Pip), Matt Chamberlain, Jon Evans, Mac Aladdin (aka Mark Hawley), Edward Bale, Matthew Elston, Holly Butler, Rosmary Bank, John Philip Shenale, Nick Hitchens
Highest Chart Position: 5 (US), 7 (Europe)
Tori’s 9th studio album, released May 1, 2007 on Epic Records. The album was produced by Tori at Martian Engineering in Cornwall, England. American Doll Posse features Tori as five distinct characters- Isabel, Clyde, Santa, Tori and Pip- who combine to make a complete woman. After centuries of being dismembered, literally and figuratively, by the ruling patriarchy the feminine essence has reassembled to take back the power.
As part of the marketing campaign, a series of blogs written by each character circulated on the Internet on various websites, with fans invited to “hunt” for the blogs. The blogs were updated during the tour through the end of 2007.
The main message of my new album is: the political is personal. This as opposed to the feminist statement from years ago that the personal is political. I know it has been said that it goes both ways, but we have to turn it around. We have to think like that. I’m now taking on subjects that I could not have been able to take on in my twenties. With Little Earthquakes I took on more personal things. But if you are going to be an American woman in 2007 with a real view on what is going on, you need to be brave, and you need to know that some people won’t want to look at it.
– Tingen Interview
What I’m trying to tell other women is they have their own version of the compartmentalised feminine which may have been repressed in each one of them. For many years I have been an image; that isn’t necessarily who I am completely. I have made certain choices and that doesn’t mean that those choices are the whole story. I think these women are showing me that I have not explored honest extensions of the self who are now as real as the redhead.
“It’s a real challenge, allowing myself to not have any kind of subject limits [this time] because I was trying to protect my child,” she said of her new album. “But that’s not the only reason I’ve written what I’ve written and done what I’ve done the last five years. Now that I’ve addressed things coming from the mother, the minister’s daughter and a sexual creature, it’s time to do something else energetically. I’m not quite sure how to put it in words yet and I think it’s better to let the music speak for itself.”
Longtime drummer Matt Chamberlain wrote in a post on his Web site last week that tracking for the album was complete. “It was a really fun and intense 3 weeks of non-stop playing, eating, playing, sleeping and playing,” he said. “All I can say is that it rocks!”
BBC: Can you tell us a little bit about the next album?
TORI: No. No . . .
BBC: What stage is it in?
TORI: I’m in the middle. I feel like Albert Einstein with my hair out to here, and I’ve put my finger in an electric socket, and I’m editing, and blowing things up, and bringing harpsichords back in, and Wurlys in and out, and pianos in . . . You know, I’m in the middle of the mad scientist phase.
– BBC 6 Music Interview, September 17, 2006
“I’m in the thick of it,” Amos says of the follow-up to 2005′s The Beekeeper. “Without giving anything away, I have my high heels on. I like the way that feels.” As for when fans can expect the release, Amos says she’ll have “something for you to shag to by Beltane,” with an extensive tour to follow.
– AOL Music News Blog, September 18, 2006
“In 2007 we’ll tour again with the new record that we’re working on now. The box set is the end of an era “it’s very much about pulling everything together over the last fifteen years before I jump ship. You have to sense what is going on in the world – it’s a really disturbing place right now. A few years ago I had more confidence that people would make the right choices for our leaders in America and they didn’t. So therefore it’s time to take the gloves off.”
– Tori; Clash Magazine, September 2006