Song Analysis

Abnormally Attracted to Sin

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

Abnormally Attracted to Sin’s title track deals with the guilt organized religion induces in its subjects... which is of course the core subject matter Tori addresses in her whole body of work. The title was inspired to Tori by one of the lines told by the character of Sarah Brown in the classic musical Guys & Dolls (1955).

“When I first heard the phrase ‘Abnormally Attracted to Sin,’ I knew that I could explore it in a very different way in this age,” she told in a webcast interview. “So, I guess when I saw Sarah Brown say that in Guys and Dolls, I’d seen it many times through my life. But this time, I remember having to pause it and thinking, ‘This make sense to me where I am in my life.’ But I wanted to take it for a minute a different approach , the idea more of exploring erotic spirituality. And one of the key words was power: the idea what are you attracted to, what is a powerful draw? What pulls you in? And this is different for different people. So that was kind of a jumping off point.”

In the song, Tori argues that religion made sexuality something shameful, but if you choose to deny it, “you’ll wake up/abnormally attracted to sin.” Although all this sexual energy was repressed, it seems to surround the church in the song: “She may be dead to you/But her hips sway a natural kind of faith/ That could give your lost heart/ A warm chapel.” The church and its surroundings really embody characters in the song, so it’s no surprise Tori chose to go to an old church for the visualette shot by Christian Lamb.