Any Tori Amos CD-single with the words "previously unreleased" anywhere on the box is definitely worth buying. This CD features two such brand new songs alongside the beautiful Jackie's Strength. It took me a while to warm up to this song, but now I enjoy it more and more every time I hear it. Great lyrics, great music, great singing, great everything; the delicate yet passionate transitions from verse to chorus never fail to amaze me. Never Seen Blue and Beulah Land are rather soft and subdued, which definitely correspond well with the atmosphere of Jackie's Strength. I personally don't enjoy Tori's slow, somber music as much as her faster-paced tracks, but I can't argue with the fact that Never Seen Blue is a particularly appealing song. I especially enjoy the later section in which Tori builds up the emotion behind the words and slowly works her way to a crescendo of passionate expression. Beulah Land is a little different, incorporating a small but important gospel feel. All of these songs can be quite calming, and they can also be quite serious if you immerse yourself in the lyrics. This CD also contains a bonus in the form of Tori's videos for Jackie's Strength and Raspberry Swirl, which makes it especially attractive to anyone who has not purchased the complete collection of Tori's 1991 to 1998 videos.
If you are especially drawn to Tori's softer side, the songs on this CD will probably delight you. For Tori fans like myself who prefer our Tori with more of an edge to her, the two previously unreleased tracks will still provide a lot of listening enjoyment. I don't see how any Tori fan can be disappointed in this particular CD single.