I'd been aware of Tori for years before I actually checked her out. I'd always been turned away by her reputation for being feminist to the point of being militant -- however, when I did finally check out Little Earthquakes, I simply found brilliant songwriting. Yes, the subjects of abortion and other female topics can sometimes be uncomfortable to the male listener (i.e. me), but the imagery is powerful and Tori's voice is gorgeous. The comparison that many make is Kate Bush, but for me, Little Earthquakes is better than anything Ms. Bush ever did.