Friday, August 19, 2022

Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes (1992)

This is really good and unique. Her music is described as alternative, chamber pop, electronic, but it really defies category.

There's a sense in which it sounds very much like the music that was coming out of the early and mid 90s. Melodically, it's in the family of Alanis Morrissette's Jagged Little Pill, but the instrumentals are nothing like Morrissette's. Whereas Morrissette's would favor distortion-driven guitar, Amos's music favors piano arrangements, a non-intrusive bassline, and some fairly subtle electronic loops. And her haunting honeyed voice soars above it all.

According to Wiki, Justin Timberlake claimed that this album changed his life. I could understand hearing this LP at an early impressionable age and being amazed. I'm almost middle-aged and I'm struck by it.

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