Native Invader

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Native Invader
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Recorded2016–2017
StudioMartian Engineering Studios, Cornwall, UK
Length61:48
Label Decca
Producer Tori Amos [1]
Tori Amos chronology
Unrepentant Geraldines
(2014)
Native Invader
(2017)
Christmastide
(2020)
Singles from Native Invader
  1. "Cloud Riders"
    Released: July 28, 2017 [2]
  2. "Up the Creek"
    Released: August 11, 2017
  3. "Reindeer King"
    Released: August 25, 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 76/100 [3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Pitchfork 7.5/10 [5]

Native Invader is the fifteenth studio album (12th of entirely original material) by American singer/songwriter Tori Amos. It was released on September 8, 2017, through Decca Records. [6] Its lead single, "Cloud Riders", was released on July 27, 2017.

Contents

Background

Amos contributed the song "Flicker" for Netflix documentary film Audrie & Daisy 's ending credits. In a Billboard interview, Amos was asked about future plans, revealing there will be "another album next year. We're in beginning stages and it might be a very different record beginning Nov. 9, but let's see where we're going." [7]

On April 18, Amos began a five-day countdown with a series of Instagram posts depicting a studio and a "sacred fire". On the fifth day, the news was revealed to be a brand new album and world tour.

On April 23, an announcement was posted on Amos' official website, stating:

The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other? In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager -- both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves? [8] [9]

Inspiration

In her fan newsletter, it states in summer 2016 Amos took a road trip through North Carolina's Smoky Mountains with intention to reconnect with the stories of her mother's family. That winter, her mother suffered a stroke. With that and the 2016 United States election, the album took a different direction. [10] Amos states, "It wasn't going to be a record of pain, blood and bone when I began. It wasn't going to be a record of division ... I listened and watched the conflicts that were traumatizing the nation and [wrote] about those raw emotions." [10]

Critical reception

Native Invader was well-received from music critics upon release. The album received a score of 76 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [3]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Neil Z. Yeung wrote, "Native Invader stands tall with its own vital voice and energy, alluding to beloved touchstones from throughout Amos' oeuvre while remaining fully of its time." [4]

Pitchfork rated the album positively, claiming that "[Amos'] intricately arranged songs are passionate and despairingly poetic." [5]

Native Invader Tour

To promote the album, Amos embarked on the Native Invader Tour across Europe and North America. [11] [12] The tour began on September 6, 2017 in Cork, Ireland and concluded on December 3 in Los Angeles, California.

Track listing

Native Invader [13]
No.TitleLength
1."Reindeer King"7:06
2."Wings"4:09
3."Broken Arrow"5:20
4."Cloud Riders"5:23
5."Up the Creek"3:22
6."Breakaway"4:36
7."Wildwood"4:41
8."Chocolate Song"4:41
9."Bang"6:11
10."Climb"4:02
11."Bats"4:18
12."Benjamin"2:43
13."Mary's Eyes"5:16
Total length:61:48
Deluxe edition bonus tracks [14]
No.TitleLength
14."Upside Down 2"3:23
15."Russia"2:44
Total length:67:55

Charts

Chart (2017)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [15] 113
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [16] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [17] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [18] 46
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [19] 20
French Albums (SNEP) [20] 128
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [21] 18
Irish Albums (IRMA) [22] 20
Italian Albums (FIMI) [23] 50
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ) [24] 5
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [25] 19
Scottish Albums (OCC) [26] 15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [27] 87
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [28] 23
UK Albums (OCC) [29] 16
US Billboard 200 [30] 39
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) [31] 9
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [32] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [33] 6

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