"Little Earthquakes" is easily one of the most groundbreaking albums in music history. Poetic and melodic at times, vengeful and wild at others. Rarely if ever has a musician depicted such talent and such an amazing emotional range in one album. Tori Amos, a very intriguing personality of our times, expresses herself here with unforgettable impact. Exploring themes such as depression, family, education, relationships, sexuality, politics (especially on b-sides), change, loss, healing, metaphysics, individuality, death, violence and rape, all of which are partially or wholly based on her personal experiences, she exposes herself completely with her complex and emotional poetry, her only weapon being her piano (Amos is a professional pianist) and her versatile voice (listen to the touching ballad "Winter" and then to the howl of anger that is "Precious Things"). Amos is truly a fearless artist. She is also a very intimate one. Writing is a healing process to her and the astonishing exhibitionism of her work may annoy some. Her albums may certainly not appeal to many people. As she herself has said: "It has crossed my mind maybe that the public doesn't want my ultimate. But I can't censor or contrive."
One cannot highlight songs here, because they are all very different, and very special each in her (as Tori insists thay are female) way.
An achievement, a work of art and power.
Also recommended: Under the Pink, Boys for Pele, From the Choirgirl Hotel, To Venus and Back, Strange Little Girls, Scarlet's Walk, Tales of a Librarian, albums by Radiohead, Cure, Fiona Apple