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.Wikipedia
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.
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.
I feel like I can't give it 1 star, but I wanted to
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.
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.
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*
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 :)
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.
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
Soulful ballads, heartfelt emotion coupled with haunting piano makes for a good listen
Reminiscent of a more reserved Kate Bush, the songs range from starkly intimate to anthemic. A captivating album
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!!!
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.
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
I really enjoyed Crucify, Precious Things, and Leather. Tori has a great voice. This album was a nice surprise and a pleasant listen.
Bloody brilliant. Still feels fresh 30 years on.
Brilliant. Always loved this album. 4/5
On the edge of pop and experimental, I will give it a chance
Lyrically potent; incredible instrumentals; harrowing and exciting, Amos has a fantastic voice packed with emotion
Wauw, lang niet gehoord maar wat een prachtige plaat! Ik was geneigd 5 sterren te geven, maar sommige teksten zijn gewoon echt te ongemakkelijk.
Fucking great album. I'm not even sure if it's her best, though.
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.
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
Beautiful voice, cool melodies, takie 4 na szynach