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Tori Amos brings her engaging live show to Clearwater

There’s no recording artist like Tori Amos. The veteran vocalist-keyboardist is imaginative, unpredictable and, at times, inscrutable. Check out the title of her latest album, “Unrepentant Geraldines.”

It’s totally Tori. It’s also a welcome return to originals. “Geraldines” is the follow-up to 2012’s covers collection, “Gold Dust.” The new collection of songs are baroque, melodic and a throwback to some of her older material.

Amos gives her zealots, er fans, what they want. If you can get past her most ardent fan’s unbridled passion, her shows are not to be missed. Some of her followers can’t control themselves during her concerts.

There is perhaps no base that’s more loyal than Amos devotees. Just focus on the featured attraction when Amos performs Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Amos is one of the best at engaging crowds. She’s usually good for some fun banter, but what obviously makes the night are her songs. Amos has a strong canon, and she’s touring behind one of the finest albums she’s crafted.

Fortunately, she’s left behind the classical compositions and covers for what she does best. She’s mixing up her shows and has incorporated a “Lizard Lounge” section, which features her mashing up a pair of songs, typically not from her catalog.

Amos loves to surprise, and she likes to please. It’s difficult to make everyone happy when you render two-hour shows and there are 14 albums to choose from.

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