Strange Little Girls
label: WEA / Atlantic
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
Little Girls is a concept album that's difficult to grasp
onto because it seems as though Tori Amos has failed. Had no one
known the concept, we all would have been scratching our temples;
And in fact, some of us still are. The concept, for those unfamiliar,
is she's covered male-written/dominated songs and given them a
female viewpoint. While not a total failed concept, but this album
is the weakest Amos has released to date.
to Strange Little Girls, the only songs with a female viewpoint
is "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" (Eminem) and "Enjoy the
Silence" (Depeche Mode). In "'97 Bonnie and Clyde,"
one can tell right away from Amos' vocals and string arrangement
it's a scary situation for the mother to handle her ex-husband
making their baby daughter become an accomplice to her murder.
You can't help but become distracted with every listen of this
song because you keep thinking of that poor baby, how is she going
to grow up with this on her conscience? It's not so much about
Eminem, I later realize, as the story itself.
the Silence," again, the only way to tell the female viewpoint
is from Amos' vocals. With the first listening, you hear how dull
and uninspired her voice sounds. However, after listening a few
times, one will learn that this is her point in an ironical sort
of way. Women are often told to either shut up (not in so many
words) or what they say is boring and not important. With Amos
singing in the tone she does, it causes one to pay attention and
wonder why she sounds so unimpressed. It's an interesting thought,
aside, the album remains tolerable. The rest of her covers are
just that: covers. Her musical and vocal arrangements are weak,
even though her attempts in Velvet Underground's "New Age,"
Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," and the Beatles' "Happiness
is a Warm Gun" are credited. Especially appreciable are her
"ahh ahh ahh" parts in "New Age" and the additional
commentaries in "Happiness
" in the background.
many fans of Amos have voiced this effort is by far their least
favorite. Many would rather have preferred a collection of b-sides
or new material, but rest assured, Amos states in Alternative
Press (Oct '01) issue that she will be working on new material
for a new album at the end of her current solo tour.
Amos had good
intentions with this album, but unfortunately it didn't come out
as strongly as it could have been. For other more inspiring covers
that she's performed, check out her "Smells Like Teen Spirit,"
"Angie," and "Thank You" on her Crucify
liked Strange Little Girls...
2. '97 Bonny and Clyde
3. Strange Little Girl
4. Enjoy the Silence
6. I'm Not in Love
8. Heart of Gold
9. I Don't Like Mondays
10. Raining Blood
11. Real Men
12. Happiness Is A Warm Gun