The first Tori Amos c.d. I ever heard as well as owned was Boys For Pele. At that time of my life I was getting braver and diversifying my music taste. My parents would order me a crapload of music from BMG for Christmas and because of the amount I would make some random choices. I saw that this Tori Amos artist that I'd never even heard before had a good amount of material on there and I'd just got into my first legit female artist Fiona Apple so I was craving more of that artistry. The description as well as the cover of Boys For Pele looked really interesting so I chanced it! After my Christmas bounty the Tori Amos c.d. was the last one I tried and my initial reaction was WTF?! For some reason I approached it again and little by little I dug it until it just clicked and I ended up really, really liking it! The thing with Tori is that if you aren't used to a certain intimacy in music then it's a process to finally get Tori. Once you are there though you end up loving every quirky aspect, breathy phrase, whisper, piano tinkle, carnal wail, throaty moan and graceful melody that comes from this Rock N' Roll Piano Goddess. That's what happened to me. After Tori got in my head I went and bought her whole catalog even including her EPs. In this collection, I heard a Tori that wasn't quite as bare and raw as Boys For Pele but as intimate and gorgeous as ever. I was hooked beyond comprehension. I've honestly just erased what I was going to say about each album ten times before giving up. I thought a synopsis of each albums style would make a good lead-in but a blurb doesn't do them justice in my eyes. Let's just say that after catching up on Tori's catalog I was shocked that my favorite Tori c.d. ever would be the first one that I would buy as a new release. Ironically, it would also be the one that nearly altered everything I had previously learned to love about Tori's music. Everything I read on Tori's official website told me that this was going to be a change. I thought to myself in a manner of how Tori would speak "Now Tori, we just became friends and now you want to change everything up on me. You know I love you but it's just too soon." Anyone who's heard Tori speak of her songs as real entities might be able to understand my humor there! Everyone else won't but it's o.k.! So anyway, what changed so drastically? What happens when an artist built on intimacy feeds off a band for the first time? What happens when an artist who's fed off of her love for Rock N' Roll her whole career finally comes out and embraces it head on for the first time? What happens when that same artist also embraces beats and a techno vibe on the same project? What happens when the same artist also embraces some of the worst turmoil of her life during this period of her life?