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Little Earthquakes

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 25 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East-West America
  • ASIN: B000002IT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews
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1. Crucify
2. Girl
3. Silent All These Years
4. Precious Things
5. Winter
6. Happy Phantom
7. China
8. Leather
9. Mother
10. Tear In Your Hand
11. Me And A Gun
12. Little Earthquakes

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TORI AMOS Little Earthquakes (1992 UK 12-track CD album including Crucify Silent All These Years Winter & China picture sleeve)


Emotionally and musically intense, Little Earthquakes shows that the piano is as much a rock & roll instrument as the guitar. Tori Amos's debut (if one disregards Y Kant Tori Read, as one would be well advised to do) is at once listenable and challenging; she takes on every topic, from sex to gender to religion, in an uncompromising manner. Her music appears gentle at first but this appearance is deceiving, as one quickly learns upon listening to the wrenching "Crucify" or the almost violent "Precious Things". By the time the album gets around to "Me and a Gun", sung hauntingly by Amos without accompaniment from her piano, the juxtaposition of Amos's sweet voice and the emotional complexity of her lyrics is both familiar and shocking. Sandman fans should listen for a reference to author Neil Gaiman in "Tear in Your Hand". --Genevieve Williams

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Format: Audio CD
'Little Earthquakes' is seriously one of the only albums I have come across that you can listen to start to finish every day without getting sick of it. It's brilliant, fresh and sexy all at once.
Crucify . an excellent opening track, beautiful lyrics, I especially like 'I got a bowling ball in my stomach, got a desert in my mouth...' excellent vocals.
Girl . a different pace, the vocals are amazing, the chorus shows off some of Tori's higher range.
Silent All These Years . slow song, beautiful lyrically.
Precious Things . one of the best piano driven songs, the beginning is haunting with Tori's rasped hushes. A story like song.
Winter . a nice slow song, peaceful and very beautiful, a visual song, it takes you through a wintery scenery.
Happy Phantom . takes on a different pace, if you have 'Scarlet's Walk', this reminds me a lot of 'Wednesday' in a ghostly way.
China . slow almost tragic like, I absolutely adore the lyrics.
Leather . starts off with one note piano key then Tori's sad/sarcastic/drooping vocals come in, the opening line hooks you: 'look I'm standing naked before you ... don't you want more than my sex'
Mother . my favourite song by Tori, ever. BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT.
Tear In Your Hand . 'maybe she's just pieces of me you've never seen' - perfect song.
Me And A Gun . sad, tragic story about rape, acapella, this song could bring anyone down.
Little Earthquakes . a nice ending, a slower song, beautiful lyrically, vocally and musically.
In all, this is a perfect album.
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This album is so beloved to me, so inextricably entwined with my personal mythology; with nostalgia, with memory, with years gone by, that I don't even know if I have the ability to review it objectively. As an independent entity, though, it is an extraordinary accomplishment, and contains most of the songs Tori Amos is known for and will be remembered for. Conversational, intimate, bitter, down to earth, yet soaringly poetic...all these descriptions encompass the breadth of these 12 debut songs. Highlights include "Silent All These Years," perhaps Amos's most famous song; the exquisite "Winter," the searing and vengeful "Precious Things," "Tear In Your Hand," and the title track, "Little Earthquakes." It is accurate to say that this is Amos's most accessible album (if indeed that definition is relevant to the nearly subconsciously channeled intricacy of her genius); contrast the obvious meanings of songs like "Leather" and "China" with the automatic-wrting poetics of "Mother." Most of Tori Amos's lyrics can, in fact, stand alone as poetry...most notably in the wrenching "Me And A Gun"...which is a phenomenon rare in music, a medium in which the power of the lyrics is usually only brought out by the accompanying power of vocals and instrumentals. But with lines like "Me and Jesus/a few years back/used to hang, and he said, 'it's your choice, babe...just remember, I don't think you'll be back in three days time...so you choose well" you can't go wrong. There's not enough I can say about this album. It's brilliant.
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"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
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Words can't describe the beauty, rawness, and emotion that seeps through the block letters that spell "Little Earthquakes" on the cover of this trully brilliant work of art. I cannot stress the beauty of this album, and is trully is my favorite Tori Amos album. This album was the start, and the introduction to what was coming. I have read some of the previous views, and I was kinda shocked how anyone can not give this album five stars. But Tori Amos's music is a hard pill to swallow, I admit. And alot of people, get turned off by her music due to her "weirdness" as people say. But, I cant budge on how much I love this album. Trust me its not like one or three songs you like, and thats about it. The whole album is beautiful, and ever song is amazing. And I don't know how, I would be now, if I havn't gave this album a try, because it changes you, and get you to think about everything, even things that you normally dont think of, or sub-consious things that are hidden in the back of your head. And Tori is life-changing in my eyes, and this is the perfect intro to her. Sometimes, I wonder if she knows the effect her music has on people. Believe me, its gorgeous ( and this is coming from a sixteen year old guy)
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