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3.3 out of 5 stars
Strange Little Girls
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2001
what can i say about this album, it is undoubtably toris best since little earhquakes. for an album of covers every song sounds like it was only just written for this album. 97 Bonnie and Clyde just blew me away when i first listend to it and enjoy the silence is just superb.the whole album is a work of art put to music in the way only tori amos can, she can never be compared to other artistes, she is a unique tallent. i would recomend anyone listen to this album and be amazed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2001
Tori has a real talent for taking other peoples' music and twisting and reshaping it to create an absolutely original work of art. In the past she's done it with anything from Nirvana's 'Sounds Like Teen Spirit' to Chas'n'Dave's 'London Girls' and now she has a whole album of Torified covers.
This album is inspired (coming second only to 'Little Earthquakes') - a must for any Tori fan... and also for anybody who loved the originals....
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2001
I thought there wasn't an album of Toris that I wouldn't like (and I was wetting my pants waiting for this one to arrive) but I don't like this one at all. After listening to it I thought 'yeah, I know what you're saying, but I don't really want to hear it again thanks' - with the exception of Strange Little Girl. It's not that I don't get it, it's more that it did nothing for me. I think the photos of Tori are stunning.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2001
I only regret that I didn't know the originals on this record, however, having compared Tori to Eminem's "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" it is clear that Tori is able to add a new level of spooky emotion to the song. Eminem somehow doesn't seem to describe the macabre situation very well, whereas Tori ... scares me. Besides that the album is very varied and has a gratuitios, well produced sound. There are even a couple of "hits" on it, like "Strange Little Girls", "Time" and "Real Men". Contrary to some people here, I found the album easy to approach. Yes, the "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" is very, very freaky, but it only goes to prove that Tori Amos is a great artist! If you don't own a great stereo, grab the record and go to your local dealer and ask to hear the Bonnie and Clyde track on one of the expensive setups. I swear, it's as if you could reach out and touch her, but you'll wonder if it's the safe thing to do! Tori delivers a unique experience to the listener, something that just can't be found elsewhere, and for that alone you should want to own this wonderfuld record.
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on 4 April 2015
More cover versions from a gorgeous lady
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2003
Unlike most of the people who’ve written reviews for this album, I’m not a die hard Tori fan. This is the first album of hers that I’ve ever bought. Having listened to it I have to say I think it’s a very clever and accomplished piece of work. On every single one of these tracks, Amos has managed to make the song her own, completely transforming the original sentiment. This doesn’t always work, as ‘Raining Blood’ is messy, and ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ carries on for far too long, but I think it’s a real testament to her musical talent that she can take a song like ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and transform it into a strange and beautiful ballad, and turn ‘Rattlesnakes’ into a kind of Country and Western stomper. It’s a moody, downbeat album, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Most of these songs really grew on me, and this has been one of the best things I’ve bought recently.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2001
The positive thing about all the negative remarks I've read is that at least Ms Amos has produced something sufficiently provoking for disappointed fans and cynics alike to spend time slagging it off! However, personally, I really like this album. There are some brilliant covers of songs I thought couldn't be bettered - 'Strange Little Girl' and 'Rattlesnakes' to name two. Yes, this is quite different from her vibrant, largely up-tempo collections, but for the gems that exist amongst the stuff that doesn't quite work (for me anyway) it's well worth buying.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2001
I think this is her weakest album by a long way. Even weaker than Venus. She doesn't 'sing' as much as she used to. She sort of speaks the lyrics and he voices is less clear than it used to be; more croakey. I'm not impressed by this at all. It may grow on me leter but not much.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2001
So it seems like a good idea, but somewhere along the line it went too far. Being a huge fan I bought this on the basis that everything else she's released in the last decade has been great, so why not this? However, while it's an okay listen I think you've really go to be a die hard fan to suggest that it adds anything new to Ms Amos's repertoire. It seems to me that the fundamental problem with this is that so many of the lyrics are terrible ('I'm Not In Love' especially), and while this may be okay on a 3 minute pop song, when it gets Tori-fied you have to listen to them. Not good.
Having said that, it'll probably all sound fantastic live, so maybe that's okay.
Oh yeah, and what's with the different covers?

Stu.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2001
When I heard that Tori's latest CD consisted entirely of male "covers" seen from the *refreshing* female perspective two thoughts instantly popped into my head. One being that Tori could do a cover of Mary Had A Little Lamb standing on her head and give it her usual emotive innovative twist, no sweat! The other being that this idea runs the risk of seeming like a quickly churned out, complacent cop-out - is Ms Amos showing her age? Now I've actually given the CD a few spins, I still regrettably feel the same way about it. I don't find myself gasping at those taut lyrical truths and soaring pained vocals as previously. In other words it pales in comparison with the multi-layered verve of Boys For Pele or From The Choirgirl Hotel. The best one can say is that Tori's interpretations are effortless and bear the idiosyncratic hallmark we all know and love (Strange Little Girls and Rattlesnake) & the worst one can say is...overindulgent pants to 97 Bonnie & Clyde & Happiness Is A Warm Gun. I have been an avid fan since 1991 - to the fanatical extent where I own every CD imaginable and have seen her Live five times - but this doesn't mean my critical faculties soften for Tori I'm afraid. Hence a pleasant but tepid three stars!
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