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LITTLE EARTHQUAKES

Tori Amos

 

Crossover Prog

3.70 | 101 ratings

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stonebeard
5 stars 5/5 - Basically perfect

I can not think of a stronger, more emotionally draining, beautiful, well-written, "mission statement" debut album. In all of rock music. Chew on that opinion.

I'm not one--anymore--to think that my opinion, especially when written in words on the internet, would really have a significant affect on any stranger. As such, I won't write much here, even though this might edge out Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins for my favorite album of the 90s. But since it could quite possibly be in my top 5 album of all time, maybe a few words are in order. (Side note: I also don't post reviews any more because I suck. The more you know!)

It started with "Winter" on Youtube. I can't remember how I was redirected there or how I stumbled upon it. But I was hooked. Hooked isn't strong enough. I was floored. The sentiment was so real, and it broke my heart--connected with me in a way that only music can. I was going through a mild depression, but more than that, the beginning of my current crisis of self. "What the hell am I going to do with my life?" The answer isn't any more apparent. Tori sings,

"When you gonna make up your mind? When you gonna love you as much as I do? When you gonna make up your mind? 'Cuz things are gonna change so fast. All the white horses have gone ahead, I tell you that I'll always want you near. You say that things change, my dear."

She wrote that song about her father, despite the troubled relationship they had. The context is different, but the words grabbed at my soul, and I related. Now for the sake of brevity, apply that feeling to ALL of the rest of "Little Earthquakes." One by one, the heart of each song creeped in, and they became part of me. The songs are at times fragile, brutal, chaotic, soul-searching, vindictive, furious, at-wit's-end, many of them expressing that purest emotional moment where you're just done caring about what people think, and you scream your heart out. This is, probably quite literally, Tori's diary set to music. And it is raw.

stonebeard | 5/5 |

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