Editor's note: most of you if you know Tori Amos do so for songs like "Winter", "Cornflake Girl" and Caught a Lite Sneeze" and so on. Well, this is her first album and it's not so bad! I've read horrible reviews and though it's not up to snuff with her best works, an average first record isn't an unheard of thing. Hell, it sounds a lot like Kate Bush's better albums. Haha. Sorry, I know I'll be crucified now by the devotees. Thanks in advance.
There is a bit too much 80s in this recording but you can hear the roots of her more refined works sprouting up in spots. "Cool On Your Island" is passable pop goodness, "Fire on the Side" is B-Side Tori with an Amos attached sans the phonetics, "Etienne Trilogy" is more Tori Amos than Tori with big hair and and and well, yeah, the rest of the songs mostly suck badly. "Pirates" and "Fayth" are garbage but I think much of that is owed to the songs being co-written by Kim Bullard, whomever he may be. Most likely he's a Desmond Child of chick rock and helps to squeak one hit out of an artist while sucking the rest of their talent out of a song and making it commercial crap. The rest is just average pop slop gravy for some suit trying to humiliate somebody for profit.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!