Tori Amos – Crucify (EP) (1992)

Back in the 1990s, Tori Amos was one of the best singles artists imaginable. Instead of focusing on remixes or different versions of a featured song, she would instead take the opportunity to include unreleased B-sides that helped further the overall album being promoted. This is true here: The radio-friendly version of the titular track is effective, but the real stunners are covers of “Angie” (by the Rolling Stones) and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The soft vocal delivery on “Angie” subverts the original track’s mournful romantic pleading and instead results in a coalition of empathetic sisterhood, while her version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cuts the noise and highlights the sarcastic lyrics, which are simultaneously softened by the switch from guitar to piano. This is a terrific EP worth the time.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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