Its like if you merged Alannis Morissette, Bjork and Kate Bush and it didn't work.
Little Earthquakes is the debut solo album by the American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, featuring the singles "Silent All These Years", "China", "Winter" and "Crucify". After Atlantic Records rejected the first version of the album, Amos began working on a second version with her then-boyfriend Eric Rosse. The album was first released in the UK on January 6, 1992, where it peaked at number 14 in the charts. It was well received by critics and listeners. In the US, the album reached the top 60 of the Billboard 200. It is frequently regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time; it was voted number 73 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000) and ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.
Its like if you merged Alannis Morissette, Bjork and Kate Bush and it didn't work.
China is a ridiculous song and I still can't figure out what is going on in it. I love it. The album has so many different sounds with each different song and I liked a lot of them. The lyrics were strange and surreal some times, but I always enjoyed the story told. 4 stars, I would like to listen to this again some day.
I feel like I can't give it 1 star, but I wanted to
Powerful. Her voice is amazing, passionate and varied and the piano work perfectly accompanies the pieces (though clearly Me and a Gun is stark and painful with just her voice).
Listened Before? Y This… is one of my favorite albums of all time. Tori Amos in her prime. Complex lyrics that completely capture the emotions intended, beautifully composed and performed music. A classic. Added to Library? Y
This is insanely good. Left me with chills. Standout tracks: all of them but I guess "Silent All These Years," "Leather," "Little Earthquakes"
Pretty fucking epic. So many very-good-to-great songs (“Crucify,” “Girl,” “Silent,” “China” and “Little Earthquakes” and “Tear in a Hand”). There’s a likable consistency to the tone and arrangements (centered on vocals and piano), and yet enough variety to keep listeners consistently engaged. Her voice is classic (if occasionally overextended) and the playing and instrumentation offer lots of grace notes and nice touches. This is way better than I remember (heard a lot when it came out) and has aged extremely well (even improved), an easy 4.5, even accounting for the fact that it was one of my ex-wife’s favorite records, and rounding up for overall excellence.
Here’s another album I have loved it since its release. Tori Amos’ piano work is exquisite, the songs perfectly crafted, the arrangements beautiful. I love every song on this which is why it has been and will remain one of my favorite albums of all time. Little Earthquakes is perfection and every bit as compelling 30 years after I first heard it.
This album has clearly been influential for a lot of future indie women artists, but I don't think these songs hold up.
This is what Fiona Apple would sound like if she was twice as generic and half as talented.
I feel like I should like Amos (or at least appreciate her) but .. I mean, it's just a really annoying album. Amos comes off as a cut-rate Morrisette and every track grates on the ear. The album is entirely populated with noisy, cardboard songs sung with more energy than skill and oddly lacking in anything approaching passion. I never get the impression that she actually cares about anything she's singing about. And the constant, often atonal warbling and wailing quickly gets legitimately painful. It's fingernails-on-a-chalkboard levels of cringe.
I genuinely do not want to hear any of the songs on this album ever again. 2/10
Very surprising and great album. Loved "Crucify", "Winter".
Listened to all through high school.
Really good voice!
Vocal e piano são o ponto forte. Crucify parece um misto de música ocidental com oriental, maior pira
Such a good album
Double yass! Like so many people, I discovered Tori Amos via Professional Widow. This album is not like Professional Widow. Most tracks are a simple piano/singer combo, and while the style is very familiar to those who grew up in the 1990s, it holds up still. Amos is earnest, emotionally aware and just plain splendid. One of the best albums ever recorded.
Alanis Morissette wishes
Geweldig album! Staat nog altijd als een huis.
Piano girl popped off, haunting vocals, sick hooks and she's CRAZY FOR THE SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT COVER. i love you and in the pink even more
One of the greatest albums of all time.
Superb. Before Tori Amos the only really groundbreaking female piano artist was Kate Bush. Many other artists were making bland, upbeat numbers which never really stood out. Along came Tori talking about masturbation, unrequited and lost love, religious oppression and many other things that made her stamp on the world. This album is a masterpiece.
Absolutely beautiful, a lot of these tracks are perfect. "All These Years" and "Me and a Gun" are proof that music can literally break me.
Really good soundscape, which makes sense due to her Chromesthesia. Truly beautiful, somewhere between PJ Harvey and Rufus Wainwright.
This is one of my favorites! I saw Tori in concert not too long ago — she’s still making great music. “Boys For Pelé” is my favorite of her records, and “Little Earthquakes” might be my third favorite. She wasn’t afraid to speak up about things and assert her musical style. This record in particular touches on many different songwriting/piano approaches, so you get to see some of her range. She did indeed make some little earthquakes before making even bigger ones with her later success!
Far from being my favourite genre, but this is an amazing record and Tori has an amazing talent for songwriting. "Me and a Gun" is a truly heartbreaking piece that will forever stick with me. Favourite Tracks: - Precious Things - Crucify - Winter - Me and a Gun - Little Earthquakes - Silent All These Years - Girl - Leather Overall Grade: 5/5
A voice from a girl's heart
One of the rightful heirs to the Kate Bush throne
So good, still, after all these years.
The first real masterpiece I’ve discovered on this list.
hun er forelskende
This was very good! A lot of songs sounded surprisingly familiar, and there was enough really good stuff on here that I'm happy to round up to 5
Just too good of an album. Incredible voice in all aspect, used so well in different songs that are all very very good. Transcendant songs. 4.5/5
9/10. This was excellent, enjoyed every song, maybe even worth a 10.
OH MY GOSSSSH LOVE IT.
An old favorite. Still excellent.
I just love love love this album! Have I really been singing along to this for 30 years?!? I suppose that is why it felt like coming home as "every finger in the room is pointing at me".
This is amazing. Love.
In the early 90s, I was waiting tables at a wine bar and cafe in Chicago when Ms. Amos and her manager sat at one of my tables. They were there to promote this album and she had spent the afternoon at a nearby record store, signing copies of this CD, that sort of thing. She had brought in some candy apples and I said to her that the cafe's policy was no outside food allowed but because she's Tori Amos, I've brought her a plate and knife so she can enjoy them. Towards the end of her visit, I thanked her for this album and especially 'Silent All These Years' really spoke to me. I meant it, too. I added that to show my gratitude for her singing to me, I'd like to serenade her. So I did. I knelt beside her, sang 'Love Is All Around', then she gave me a kiss on the cheek (and, yes, I very much had a Marcia-Brady-kissed-on-the-cheek-by-Davy-Jones "I'll never wash this cheek again!" moment), and left behind a signed CD with a sweet note thanking me for the candy apple indulgence. After that, her career continued to shine. I think we all know it's all becaause of me.
Absolutely stunning. I need to listen to more by her.
How have I never heard of Tori Amos before. That piano playing is sublime, not complex but full of emotion that lets it sing. Speaking of which, Amos' vocals are very good too. The tracks with those two elements or just the voice for Me and the Gun, were so powerful.
Tori Amos’ debut is incredible. It is symphonic, melodic, and experimental. Her musical instincts are spot on and it creates an album that is confessional, surreal, and intimate. I hear a lot of influence from Kate Bush, another phenomenal songwriter who wasn’t afraid to takes risks. Tori Amos’ sound itself had become very influential and can be heard in similarly phenomenal artists like Fiona Apple.
I love this album.
Beautiful, haunting and poetic from start to finish
This album defined the 90s for me.
Love. So angsty. Listened on repeat all day.
Fantastic album. No bad tracks, some great ones The album flows well and is a pleasure to listen to Still not bored after the 4th or 5th repeat
Excellent. Bold, delicate, really the full gammut.
Still as exceptional 30 years later.
Still a pretty perfect album (voice, piano, song writing etc) apart from the lyrics and some misfires.
A true classic imho.
What an album! I love this. It's got emotional depth, gothy vibes, virtuosity, literary references.
Fantastic, not my first listen.
I’ve looooved this album since I was like 16 a masterpiece. So personal
Really good, will definitely listen again
Love Tori, Love this album. All the tracks are winners.
This album is simply amazing.
She showed her (and women's, I assume) vulnerabilities to the world with incredible bravery. Like, the disc opens with "Crucify" reminds me about Odysseus ties himself to the sailboat pillar to hear - not to hide - the voice of sirens while the other sailors cover their ears to avoid (though It doesn't actually relate to the lyrics). She crucifies herself on the piano with no attempt to hide away any of vulnerabilities at all, thus, at last, reaches to a carthasis that made her delivery becomes redemptive and universal. And again, no songs are worth to be skipped. Fav track: Winter.
one of my favorites ever!
I didn't discover Tori Amos until Under the Pink (1994) and then I went back and listened to Little Earthquakes relentlessly. Tori was basically a different, less distortion driven way to express my teenage angst at a time when grunge music was dominating airwaves. Grunge and Tori Amos were two sides of the same coin for teenage me.
One of my favorite albums of all time. Happy Phantom is, in my opinion, the perfect encapsulation of 90s Tori. Listen to the Deluxe edition for a haunting Smells Like Teen Spirit cover: https://music.apple.com/us/album/smells-like-teen-spirit-remastered/961925135?i=961925206
I love how Tori uses her voice and sparse piano arrangements. The meter and delivery are uneven and unpredictable, keeping you off-balance but wanting more.
Þessi spilaðist oft í bakgrunnninum í den, en ég gaf ekki mikið fyrir hana. Núna græðir hún vissulega á kunnugleikanum, en sko vá, þetta er frábær plata. Ég er ekki mikill píanómaður en þetta steinliggur. Frábær lög, flutningur og útsetningar.
Parts boisterous, parts arresting and parts vaudevillian, Little Earthquakes announces Tori Amos' arrival to the music world. And what an arrival it is, reconfiguring the singer-songwriter pianist trope for a new generation and infusing with stories fanciful, imaginative and taboo. An enduring classic thirty plus years on.
Where has this been all my life??
What a great surprise. Loved Tori's soft voice paired with the great instrumentation that ranges from acapella to atmospheric piano
Phenominal album, I love how personal and touching her storytelling is throughout. You won't find many songs better than Silent all these years.
I’m possibly rating this too high as I think a few of the songs in the middle of the album are pretty weak, but it think the highlight (crucify, girl, tear in the hand etc.) are some of my all time favourite songs. I think the lyrics are really interesting and unique and overall I find the album really engaging.
One of my favorite of all time. I don't need to listen to it to hear it, but I will.
Beautiful and moving album
I know I know you well well better than I used to. I've enjoyed a 30 year relationship with this record. Despite having critics and sceptics along the way for the love I have for Tori, I still try to celebrate and share her brilliance as often as I can. My life is better for knowing her work so well. I'm glad I picked up that cd single at the rock pit record store in 1992 because I liked the cover art. Castles are burning in my heart. Thank you, Tori. Thank you.
Legendary album that has a special place in my heart
A beautiful album- Amos is so unique. Love the piano.
An exceptional album, with a couple of properly arresting tracks - me and a gun in particular makes you stop what you're doing and listen. Like a wonderful mix of Kate Bush, Björk and Alanis Morissette, with flawless vocals, wonderful instrumentation and musicianship, and exceptional lyrics.
One of the greatest albums of the 90s.
I always liked Tori, although I see why some don't, she's a bit dramatic....but this album has some nice melodies for sure
Great album, great singer.
A lot of unique textures and sounds. The good songs are really good. I definitely could see myself liking this album a lot upon further listens.
At first I wasn't wild about this one, but I ended up loving its songwriting, performances, and production.
I think this sort of music hasn't aged particularly well. Pleasant enough to listen to, but didn't really grab me.
A lot of this album was beautiful storytelling and poetic sounds- and then Man with a Gun hits you at the end of it. Fuck, dude.
very pretty. me and my gun was very emotional
this took a while to warm up I think but, i liked the style, it was passionate with strong lyricism and piano and was overall v nice. ‘Leather’ = 😍😍😍
The song appears as light filament once I've cracked it. As long as I've been doing this, which is more than thirty-five years, I've never seen the same light creature in my life. Obviously similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns, but try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever—after the initial excitement, you start to focus on each element's stunning original detail. For instance, the sound of the words with the sound of the chord progression combined with the rhythm manifests itself in a unique expression of the architecture of color-and-light. ... I started visiting this world when I was three, listening to a piece by Béla Bartók; I visited a configuration that day that wasn't on this earth. ... It was euphoric. At five, she became the youngest student ever admitted to the preparatory division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She studied classical piano at Peabody from 1968 to 1974. In 1974, when she was eleven, her scholarship was discontinued, and she was asked to leave. Amos has asserted that she lost the scholarship because of her interest in rock and popular music, coupled with her dislike for reading from sheet music.[
Great album, some sings seemed to me to be a little sleepy vibe, but I wouldn´t be surprised to give it a 5 one day.
I knew the name but am not sure if I've ever listened to Tori Amos before. Honestly, I didn't even know it's a woman. It was a very nice listen. A lot of emotion and musical depth. But I didn't find it gripping enough to see myself actively listening to much more of it.
Great. A lot of variety in a seemingly simple album.
A lot of attractive different tracks in one album.
It's giving Kate Bush Favorites: Crucify Girl Precious Things China
Reminds me of college, in some good ways in some bad. 4*