Little Earthquakes*
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Little Earthquakes*

February 21, 1992

  Song Title
Silent All These Years
Precious Things
Happy Phantom
Tear In Your Hand
Me And A Gun
Little Earthquakes

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  • Original Release Date: February 21, 1992
  • Release Date: February 21, 1992
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1991 Atlantic Record Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 57:06
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  • ASIN: B001O7Y7JI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,425 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, powerful, beautiful, and meaningful July 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although Little Earthquakes is Tori Amos' first CD, it is also her best. As much talent and innovation as she has shown in the years since this album was released, she has yet to re-achieve the well-nigh perfection of her initial offering. These songs utilize beautiful music, raw emotion, and lyrical poetry to address a wide array of issues, ranging from rape to relationships to religion. Tori's style is uniquely her own, and the contrasts between soft piano-playing and abrupt emotional outbursts of strident notes, instruments, and words are incredible. No one bares her soul through music as forcefully as Tori. This is best exemplified by the a cappella performance of "Me and a Gun," which deals with Amos' own experience of being raped. These songs are all about empowerment, courageously finding one's voice and taking control of one's life.
"Crucify" is probably the most recognizable song on the album. Its message is one of freedom; too often people restrict themselves out of the fear of being laughed at or judged unfavorably; and Tori preaches that you don't have to wallow in your self-guilt and suffering in order to achieve happiness. "Silent All These Years" suggests a life spent with an abusive or insensitive partner and the self-imposed exile and voicelessness such a relationship can lead to. "Winter" deals with standing on one's own two feet, believing in oneself, and bravely striking out in a world without your father's constant protection. "Mother" strikes a similar theme, evoking images of a caring mother pushing her child out of the nest and helping it begin a new life of its own.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in so many ways. April 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps it's redundant to add yet another flattering review to what is already a chorus of praise. Still, I'm suddenly inspired to write as I listen to this CD and yet again marvel at how truly excellent it is. The emotional layers of her songs are not as furtive as later releases, which is one distinctive merit relative to its peers in her catalogue. There has been no other CD I've ever owned with such unadulterated emotional clarity, although other Tori albums come close. She is an artist of remarkable honesty and beauty.
Here, Tori rocks with her piano, and she also writes gorgeous ballads the likes of which are unattainable to lesser artists. She is complemented by lovely orchestrations and lyrics that tantalize with their complex imagery. Certainly one of the best artists of the nineties, and her brilliance puts today's pop puppets to shame. There's something magical about this album. It's too difficult to describe. Just listen to it yourself. If you aren't moved, you'd better check for a pulse.
Some would say that Little Earthquakes is insuperable compared to Tori's other work. I don't feel this way; I think each of her albums offers something different but no less wonderful. And wow, she has a sweet voice, doesn't she?
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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The best album of 1992? Quite possibly. Whatever, 'Little Earthquakes' remains a timeless piece of work, the success of which a generation of 'kooky' female artistes would attempt to emulate - read Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette, Meredith Brooks etc. They succeeded generally to only a minimal extent in recreating the intensely personal style of Amos' lyrical themes, but what makes her so fascinating and so unique is how interesting her musical palate is. Albums that are good just for their lyrics in many cases cannot sustain repeated plays. Listen on 'Little Earthquakes' to the jangling guitar in 'Happy Phantom', the 'Irish war drum' in 'Winter' and the exquisite use of male voice in the epic title track. But of course a good melody is essential and there are few better than Tori at writing these. Indeed despite four excellent albums following this she has recorded few, if any, more beautiful songs than 'China' and 'Tear In Your Hand'. Another reason for 'Little Earthquakes'' continuing popularity is that any fillers are conspicuous by their absence - the great songs just keep on comin'. After a fine opening trio of songs, the fourth track is a prime opportunity to unleash a potato peeling, but then comes the breathtaking 'Prescious Things' which, again, remains one of Amos' greatest moments. After many listens the sudden drum beat still startles as it erupts from the breathy piano introduction. Of course 'Me And A Gun' is also worthy of a mention - an uncomfortably stark account of when Amos herself was raped leaves the listener no place to hide because this accapella track is bereft of musical accompaniment. Sexuality and relationships are themes that run throughout this remarkable record and as such it is a bruising experience, but also a strangely pleasurable one as it leaves the listener utterly purged.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! March 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
There's is not a word in the dictionary that would do this album justice,it's that good!
This emotionally gripping,thought provoking and completely original piece of work absolutely blew me away,far away.
Tori takes you on a journey of self discovery that will touch you at your deepest most hidden core and never lets go.
As far as trying to pick a favorite track,it's almost impossible, because EVERY SONG IS GREAT in their own unique way.
WINTER,MOTHER, and SILENT ALL THESE YEARS are 3 of the most touching ballads ever written, ethereal and gut wrenching, all tied together by amazing piano playing.
CRUCIFY and ME AND A GUN are introspective and thought provoking.
TEAR IN YOUR HAND is a quirky, yet very beautiful song.
Suffice to say, if you like music, any music.....then you MUST OWN THIS CD,it's a must buy for anyone who has a human feeling or emotion of any kind.
The best way I could summarize is just this;
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can listen to this on repeat for hours. Her voice is like a lullabye.
I'm afraid if I buy anything else from her, I might be sad. She is an amazing artist.
Published 1 day ago by Dina L. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best
Little Earthquakes, Under The Pink, and Boys For Pele

If the only music you could ever own are three albums by any one Artist, this is the list. Period.
Published 1 month ago by M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I think some stars need to shine with this light
The song leather has a switch from love to the weather that hands me my leather. This CD has emotional content. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce P. Barten
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't take much to rip us to shreds.
No other artist has ever so thoroughly polarized my opinions to the point where I can confidently say that I both adore and love them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori ROCKS!
My favorite Tori Amos c.d. of all time! Never disappointed with this one. If you have never heard her, you should totally check one out!
Published 6 months ago by Erica Hunsperger
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori's Best
This is Tori Amos debut album 1992's Little Earthquakes and it's by far her best and probably the best debut album of the 90's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mr. a
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Her Best Albums to Date
Little Earthquakes is Tori's 1st solo studio album and a first taste of what she's capable of musically. She is raw, uninhibited, and dripping with emotion. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
I had this CD years ago and had many memories associated with it. Music is great that way, isn't it? So I wanted to have it again to relive those memories!
Published 7 months ago by Muthax
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Her Best!
It was her first CD and after all these years (no pun intended) it is still one of her best! For anyone who doesn't know Tori then you can do a lot worse than buying this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kamiyahagi
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori's Brilliant
Brilliant album. Cannot listen to it enough. Delivered as promised. Like new as described. Could not be happier. Must have album.
Published 9 months ago by Cori M Wall
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