“If there’s a theme on Under The Pink, it’s one of self-empowerment,” Tori Amos said in 1994. “It’s about the refusal to see yourself as a victim, and how to have passion in your life without equating it with violence. It’s just as personal and just as involved as before.”
Coming after her debut album, Little Earthquakes, which was marked by its heart-stoppingly intimate and often deeply uncomfortable narratives, Under The Pink moved into more impressionistic territory. “Little Earthquakes was a bit more voyeuristic,” Amos said. “[On that album] you could sit back and watch this girl go through this stuff. You can’t on Under The Pink. You have to go through it to understand it.”
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Each track on Under The Pink is infused with Amos’ particular kind of songwriting: a deep well of trust in the songs and their purpose, and a belief that they would find her when they were ready. In the case of this album’s songs, they were banging at her door. Exhausted following Little Earthquakes’ success, Amos had planned to take a year off, “but the songs just demanded that I tell their story”, she said, “and their story was about life under the pink”.