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We may have been sceptical... But we should have known!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Strange Little Girls (Audio CD)
"Songs by men about men, sung by Tori from the point of view of that songs female character..."
I think it's safe to assume that the majority of Toriphiles out there had to sit back and take a long hard think about the details of the latest long-player from Tori Amos. After all, it's hardly the easiest thing to pull of. But before any of us had even heard this album, we all probably took into consideration all of the magnificant covers that Tori has done previously. ("Smells like teen spirit", "Imagine", "If 6 were 9" etc, etc...) and each one of them ended up as brilliant (if not better!) than the original. So really we probably all should have expected a project like this to emerge eventually. But this is much much more than an album of covers; For if Tori's last album "To Venus and Back" was the sound of Tori's inner spirits and moods, then "Strange Little Girls" is the sound of Tori possessed by her audio/lyrical (anti?)heroines. This album finally puts right all those 'male' songs by finally giving their women a voice. Previously over-produced numbers such as Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the silence" are treated to the classic 'Tori & Piano' treatment, with haunting results. Eminem is finally puts in his place by Tori letting Bonnie highlight Clydes actions so he realises what he is doing to their daughter, which is sure to make even the strongest of wills tremble and shudder. The Beatles and Neil Young also don't get of so lightly. But highlights of the album most certainly come in the shape of the beautiful renditions of "Rattlesnakes", "Time" and "I don't like Mondays" which all finally revive the classic Tori "Simplicity=Gorgeousness" fomula that made her first three albums so special. Thankfully, this album isn't a mass feminism statemant; it's simply one of the most talented, magnificant and unique female artists of the past 20 years finally putting turning the tables of her male predecessors so we can all sit back and see her point. After all, Tori is most likely the only artist capable of this without seeming pretentious or above-her-station. Tori is simply an artist music couldn't do without... Buy "Strange Little Girls" and you'll see my point too!