Little Earthquakes

Little Earthquakes

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by Tori Amos
     
 

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With her haunting solo debut Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos carved the template for the female singer/songwriter movement of the '90s. Amos' delicate, prog rock piano work and confessional, poetically quirky lyrics invited close emotional connection, giving her a fanatical cult following and setting the stage for the Lilith FairSee more details below

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With her haunting solo debut Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos carved the template for the female singer/songwriter movement of the '90s. Amos' delicate, prog rock piano work and confessional, poetically quirky lyrics invited close emotional connection, giving her a fanatical cult following and setting the stage for the Lilith Fair legions. But Little Earthquakes is no mere style-setter or feminine stereotype -- its intimacy is uncompromising, intense, and often far from comforting. Amos' musings on major personal issues -- religion, relationships, gender, childhood -- were just as likely to encompass rage, sarcasm, and defiant independence as pain or tenderness; sometimes, it all happened in the same song. The apex of that intimacy is the harrowing "Me and a Gun," where Amos strips away all the music, save for her own voice, and confronts the listener with the story of her own real-life rape; the free-associative lyrics come off as a heart-wrenching attempt to block out the ordeal. Little Earthquakes isn't always so stomach-churning, but it never seems less than deeply cathartic; it's the sound of a young woman (like the protagonist of "Silent All These Years") finally learning to use her own voice -- sort of the musical equivalent of Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia. That's why Amos draws strength from her relentless vulnerability, and that's why the constantly shifting emotions of the material never seem illogical -- Amos simply delights in the frankness of her own responses, whatever they might be. Though her subsequent albums were often very strong, Amos would never bare her soul quite so directly (or comprehensibly) as she did here, nor with such consistently focused results. Little Earthquakes is the most accessible work in Amos' catalog, and it's also the most influential and rewarding.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1992
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678235825
catalogNumber:
82358
Rank:
118853

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Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampled Strings
Nancy Shanks   Background Vocals
Steve Caton   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Chamberlain   Mandolin
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nick DeCaro   Conductor
Stuart Gordon   Violin
Ed Greene   Drums
William Gregory   Oboe
Tina Gullickson   Background Vocals
Chris Hughes   Drums
Will McGregor   Bass
Carlo Nuccio   Bass,Drums
David Rhodes   Guitar
Eric Ivan Rosse   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jef Scott   Bass,Guitar
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Eric Williams   Dulcimer,Ukulele
Jake Freeze   Saw,Pedals
Will Gregory   Oboe
John Chamberlin   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Tori Amos   Programming,Producer
Paul Corkett   Engineer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
John Freeze   Contributor
John Beverly Jones   Engineer
David Lord   Arranger,String Arrangements
Dan Nebenzal   Engineer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
John Philip Shenale   Programming
Ian Stanley   Producer
Cindy Palmano   Art Direction
Steve Williams   Engineer

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