By  on April 4, 2007

The Botticelli-esque piano chanteuse is back, this time with a bevy of fashion-forward alter egos. They’re known as the American Doll Posse — Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Pip and, of course, Tori — and they’re a force to be reckoned with.

On the double album “American Doll Posse,” to be released May 1, Tori Amos channels these four personas, dubbing them the “dismembered feminine re-membered.” In other words, they individually embody different female archetypes but together are a balanced female essence — that may or may not be the total Tori. “My role as the main composer is to try and articulate their perceptions,” explains Amos. “It’s been really important to step back and allow other voices and style tastes to take over my one-women show.”

Each persona sings about five tracks of the 23, all telling stories focusing on different themes. Santa explores sexuality with sacredness; Clyde is introspective, focusing on the individual’s internal war; Isabel, with her camera in hand, is the observer interested in what’s happening historically in the U.S.; Pip dissects the understanding of power via mind control and manipulation. To dig deeper into the lives of these four, join the hunt for their daily blogs posted throughout the Internet where interesting tidbits can be found, such as the fact that Pip’s father was a senior analyst for the CIA.

“I’d say the album is representing the American woman as I studied her on tour last time.The work deals with questions I found women had about those in power,” says Amos, referring to her Summer of Sin tour that supported 2005’s “The Beekeeper,” her fifth album to make its debut in the top 10.

For complete coverage see tomorrow's issue of WWD.

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