04. “Enjoy the Silence” is a song that is immediately recognizable as a swirling eighties trance, and here Tori has stripped it bare – all the way down to the most martial of bass progressions and flowing lines of melody inbetween; the only graces that are left to it are some synth strings and a higher Tori singing wispy harmony. I don’t think i’ve ever thought of this song as one written to a woman so much as it is obviously about a relationship, but here Tori turns the tone into almost a threat that “words are very unnecessary” even though they are supposed to be the things doing the harm. The whole world is wrapped up in the world between her arms, and you have to wonder if each world Tori mentions in song is its very own universe or if they all somehow overlap… both “Upside Down”s little blue world and “Black Dove”s grey winter galaxy, but the wrong-fitting world of the previous track as well. Maybe words are meaningless because Tori keeps defining these tiny imperfections of fit with them when they are meant to be left untouched, and the truth is that a world is all that you can hold onto with your own arms… all you ever wanted and needed.
The strip search of this song seems to be a violation at first, but we are a culture obsessed with accessories. Try to just grasp the beauty of the naked human form.