Review: Tori Sparks “The Scorpion In The Story”

To call Tori Sparks sultry is a bit of an understatement, because Sparks is a beautiful musical firecracker that is bursting with raw, alt-country energy that is on full display with her new release "The Scorpion In The Story."

The album begins with the roots-infused "Tall Flowers," which has a great Lucinda Williams meets Shania Twain vibe. But the best song on the album is "Leaving Side Of Love." Tori Sparks sings the lyrics with passionate intensity and sincerity.

"The Scorpion In The Story" was conceived as a concept album, and Tori Sparks created a collection of experiences from her travels across North America and Europe. "Penny On A Rail" is the biggest surprise on the album, and it showcases the playful style of Tori Sparks.

"Merry Go-Round" is the song which offers the most fun, and Tori Sparks takes the listener on a ride they won't soon forget with a glorious vocal performance. "Little Wrecking Ball" is Sparks' best alt-country moment, and it proves she has a Alannah Myles-style rock edge that could be explored on future albums.

Tori Sparks has crafted an album that will surprise and delight listeners from beginning to end. "The Scorpion In The Story." gets better with each additional listen. You, too, will soon be sucked in by the seductive charms of Tori Sparks.