The legendary solo debut by Tori Amos is still just as riveting nearly thirty years after its release. From the opening notes and lyrics of the first track “Crucify,” Amos hits the ground running: The album’s themes of resilience and self-actualization are front and center, going over many of the same subjects but in novel ways. Tracks like “Leather” and “Tear in Your Hand” demonstrate a willingness to play with song conventions, with Amos creating a sonic landscape that combines elements from Kate Bush and mid-1970s-era Fleetwood Mac yet sounding entirely unique at once. Classic singles like “Silent All These Years” and “China” are, in my opinion, two of the weakest songs on the album, but taken in its entirety, this is unlike anything else.
Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)