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LITTLE EARTHQUAKES

Tori Amos

 

Crossover Prog

3.75 | 64 ratings

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bonestorm
4 stars Just for something a little different, it's a Tori Amos review! I'm delving into this one as it's an album I love, even if the prog credentials are a little shaky.

There is an exquisite atmosphere on this album, crafted by Tori's haunting lyrics and the accompanying melodies. I've never been a rape victim, or a girl trying to reconnect with her mother, or any of the other scenarios presented by the 12 tracks on this album. But thanks to Amos' masterful delivery of these songs, I'm able to step into these roles for just a few moments and experience what it might be like. That's how powerfully the ideas are conveyed on this album.

Track 5, "Winter", is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. It achieves this through sincerity and a sense of being genuine, rather than the typically contrived methods employed in your average pop song. "Winter" never fails to elicit a response from me when I hear it. It is told from the perspective of a young girl who lacks belief in herself and a father who is trying to instil it within her. It is beautifully phrased with an unforgettable piano melody, without doubt the album highlight.

There are many other great tracks on the album but I'll single out "Me and a Gun" for special mention. The only instrument used is Amos' voice. Set against the confronting lyrical idea of a woman's desperate thoughts as she is being raped, this is certainly a song that sticks in the memory.

As far as I am concerned this album is the pinnacle of Tori Amos' career, and I still enjoy listening to it 20 years later.

8.5/10

bonestorm | 4/5 |

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