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Little Earthquakes

Tori Amos

1992

Little Earthquakes

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.17

Votes

5958

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Fri May 14 2021
1

Its like if you merged Alannis Morissette, Bjork and Kate Bush and it didn't work.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

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).

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

This is insanely good. Left me with chills. Standout tracks: all of them but I guess "Silent All These Years," "Leather," "Little Earthquakes"

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

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.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

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.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

This album has clearly been influential for a lot of future indie women artists, but I don't think these songs hold up.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

I feel like I can't give it 1 star, but I wanted to

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

This is what Fiona Apple would sound like if she was twice as generic and half as talented.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

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.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Love

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Very surprising and great album. Loved "Crucify", "Winter".

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Listened to all through high school.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Really good voice!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Vocal e piano são o ponto forte. Crucify parece um misto de música ocidental com oriental, maior pira

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Excellent

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Such a good album

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

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.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

Alanis Morissette wishes

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Prachtig natuurlijk.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Geweldig album! Staat nog altijd als een huis.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Lobed

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

One of the greatest albums of all time.

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Sun May 22 2022
5

Classic

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Mon May 23 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Really good soundscape, which makes sense due to her Chromesthesia. Truly beautiful, somewhere between PJ Harvey and Rufus Wainwright.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

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!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

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

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

A voice from a girl's heart

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

One of the rightful heirs to the Kate Bush throne

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

9/10

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

So good, still, after all these years.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

The first real masterpiece I’ve discovered on this list.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Great

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

hun er forelskende

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

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

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Mon Nov 14 2022
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

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

9/10. This was excellent, enjoyed every song, maybe even worth a 10.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

OH MY GOSSSSH LOVE IT.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

An old favorite. Still excellent.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

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".

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

This is amazing. Love.

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Sun Dec 11 2022
5

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.

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

Absolutely stunning. I need to listen to more by her.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

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.

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

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.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

I love this album.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

Beautiful, haunting and poetic from start to finish

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

This album defined the 90s for me.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Love. So angsty. Listened on repeat all day.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Outstanding album

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

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

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

Excellent. Bold, delicate, really the full gammut.

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

Still as exceptional 30 years later.

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Wed Feb 22 2023
5

Still a pretty perfect album (voice, piano, song writing etc) apart from the lyrics and some misfires.

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Wed Feb 22 2023
5

A true classic imho.

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

What an album! I love this. It's got emotional depth, gothy vibes, virtuosity, literary references.

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Fantastic, not my first listen.

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Mon Mar 06 2023
5

I’ve looooved this album since I was like 16 a masterpiece. So personal

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Really good, will definitely listen again

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Fri Mar 10 2023
5

Love Tori, Love this album. All the tracks are winners.

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Sun Mar 12 2023
5

This album is simply amazing.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Great album, great singer.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

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.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

At first I wasn't wild about this one, but I ended up loving its songwriting, performances, and production.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

I think this sort of music hasn't aged particularly well. Pleasant enough to listen to, but didn't really grab me.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

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.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

very pretty. me and my gun was very emotional

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Thu May 27 2021
4

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’ = 😍😍😍

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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.[17] At five, she became the youngest student ever admitted to the preparatory division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.[18][19] She studied classical piano at Peabody from 1968 to 1974.[18] 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.[

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Tue May 04 2021
4

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.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Great. A lot of variety in a seemingly simple album.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

A lot of attractive different tracks in one album.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

It's giving Kate Bush Favorites: Crucify Girl Precious Things China

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Great album!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Reminds me of college, in some good ways in some bad. 4*

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Wed May 12 2021
4

univers

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Listened to this album twice before -- O woman you!! But the end lags a little bit. I love the energy of precious things, happy phantom, and girl :)

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

I loved this album when it first came out. Today, it has lost a little, but still holds up. Silent All These Years is still such a great song.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Singer-songwriter albums have been incredibly hit-or-miss for me in this venture - this is a hit. Crazy good album that I was not expecting to like this much. It's sad as fuck at times, and Me and a Gun is chilling and heartbreaking, but never did I feel bored or think the songs sounded too similar. Her vocal inflections on China are one example of the variety throughout, the piano on Leather another Saved: Winter, China*, Leather

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Soulful ballads, heartfelt emotion coupled with haunting piano makes for a good listen

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

Reminiscent of a more reserved Kate Bush, the songs range from starkly intimate to anthemic. A captivating album

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

Kate bush men hon heter int. Bör höras före död. De här e senare eirik som skriver när ja lyssnar klart albumet. Ja va hög som fan när ja sa att de här e som kate bush. De fanar dock. Ännu senare eirik här. De här e nog lite kate bush ändå. Fanar dock!!!

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I really liked this. At first I thought it was a bit nothingy, but as it went on I really warmed to it. Good lyrics, some good musical choices.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Male trzesienia ziemi to jeden z najlepszych solowych projektow jakie lista do tej pory wyplula, przez solowych mam na mysli, ze jest to spektakl jednego aktora w tym przypadku Tori Amos, o ktorej slysze pierwszy raz, ale musialem juz ja gdzies slyszec, bo mam dziwne uczucie deja vu slyszac ten glos, potezny material, bo blisko godzina na 12 kawalkach, wszystkie napisane i skomponowane przez pania Amos, dodatkowo jest ona wspolproducentem czesci trakow, gatunkowo nazwalbym to popowym rokiem z tej ambitniejszej strony, wiec rownie dobrze mozna uzyc okreslenia alternatywnego rokowania, bo chociaz material popularny, to nie posiada on kawalkow radiowych, zarowno minimalistyczne brzmienie oparte na klawiszach, w ktore klika wlasnie pani Amos, zarowno klawisze elektrykowych bordow jak i fortepianowe da sie uslyszec podczas odsluchu, tak tez od strony liryczej jest to raczej trudny material, a moze ciezki bedzie lepszym okresleniem, bo glownymi motywami sa oczywiscie traumatyczne doswiadczenia zwiazane z edukacja seksualna, dorastaniem wsrod wartosci chrzescijanskich, feminizmem, ogolnym niezrozumieniem, wiec all that jazz, ale i tak najwazniejsze jest brzmienie jakie pani Amos stworzyla na tym materiale, mezzosopran w polaczeniu z minimalistycznymi klawiszami i dodatkowymi instrumentami granymi przez studyjnych najmenikow, wiec stringi wiolaczelowe, czy skrzypkowe, akustykowe gitarki, no i basiki, tworza spojna kompozycje, dawno nie sluchalo mi sie tak dobrze samego wokalu, glos jest naprawde czarujaco autentyczny, z plejkowych pickow dodam najabardziej winter, jako jeden z bogatszych instrumentalnie kawalkow, bogaty takze w motyw dorastania i niezrozumienia, kolejnym bedzie leather, ktory stara sie byc bardziej jazzowa niz rokowa kompozycja, co tez robi w ciekawy sposob progresujac klawiszami i elementami gitarki elektrykowej

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

I really enjoyed Crucify, Precious Things, and Leather. Tori has a great voice. This album was a nice surprise and a pleasant listen.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Bloody brilliant. Still feels fresh 30 years on.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Brilliant. Always loved this album. 4/5

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

On the edge of pop and experimental, I will give it a chance

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Lyrically potent; incredible instrumentals; harrowing and exciting, Amos has a fantastic voice packed with emotion

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Wauw, lang niet gehoord maar wat een prachtige plaat! Ik was geneigd 5 sterren te geven, maar sommige teksten zijn gewoon echt te ongemakkelijk.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Fucking great album. I'm not even sure if it's her best, though.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I knew a couple of songs but not the album. It was a good effort and I enjoyed the album. Excellent musical composition and great singing voice.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

very solid 4,5; beautiful voice, beautiful melodies, really ambitious music between rock and pop, lyrics about serious and important problems, I love it, it's very influential on contemporary music imo

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Beautiful voice, cool melodies, takie 4 na szynach

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