This one is an oddity. I don’t know quite how it managed to get so much attention so very quickly; not that it’s not good music, mind you – it’s astonishingly good, easily the best pop album to hit the shelves in the early 1990s. But it’s an oddity in its execution – mostly acoustic piano with little accompaniment, and a husky solo female vocal. It’s certainly not like anything else on the market, and maybe that’s why I like it so much. The songs to listen for closely are “Little Earthquakes”, “Tear In Your Hand”, and the emotionally shattering “Winter”; actually, that’s far from the only song capable of stirring deep emotions here, which may be key to its appeal (and, frankly, another reason I was surprised it caught on when it did). Also check out her early singles if you like this album – more on that in another review in this section.