Comparisons remain odious, but they make life so much easier-it's Kate Bush and Laura Nyro. Tori sings and plays like Kate, displays Laura's gift for striking sexual imagery and creates a classic album in the process. Little Earthquakes is quite an intense album, dealing with extreme situations an emotions set to exquisite tunes. Her delivery and the unique arrangements turn the tracks into poems in a splendid mix of the humorous, the erotic and the unsettling. The two highlights on an album of great songs are Silent All These Years and China, a haunting, majestic lament describing two people drifting apart by using the image of the great wall as a symbol of separation.
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