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  • Audio CD (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005NKYQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 389 customer reviews
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1. New Age
2. 97' Bonnie & Clyde
3. Strange Little Girl
4. Enjoy The Silence
5. I'm Not In Love
6. Rattlesnakes
7. Time
8. Heart Of Gold
9. I Don't Like Mondays
10. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
11. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
12. Real Men

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Product Description

STRANGE LITTLE GIRLS, the new studio album from Tori Amos, is an assemblage of songs written by men, but performed by Tori from the perspectives of a diverse cast of female characters. Songs composed by such artists as Neil Young, the Stranglers, Eminem, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Lou Reed, Lennon/McCartney, and others are taken apart and put back together darkly, gently, and in an uncompromising fashion. In crafting the new album, Amos wanted to talk about men - how men see women, how men see themselves, and how the view changes depending on where you're standing. So Tori turned to the words of men themselves to do it. "I've always found it fascinating how men say things and women hear them," the songwriter says.


Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls is a departure as she takes 12 songs written by men about women and delivers them from the female perspective. "Words are like guns" she says, "a person has to take responsibility for their words." So she turns Eminem's "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" into a song of dark misogyny, and reinterprets the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays" with quiet, melodious keyboards and a reflective voice. Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" has been completely recast as banshee rock, while The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl" has a new post-punk power. Sometimes Amos's own compositions have a tendency to ramble, but these four-minute nuggets have concentrated her skills wonderfully. It's an ambitious record, but one that works. --Lucy O'Brien

Please note that there are four different covers of this album. You will be sent one at random when you purchase it.

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Format: Audio CD
A puree of divinity, mediocrity, and cacophony, "Strange Little Girls" .....Amos's first bonafide cover album...is, in spite of its sometimes abrasive shortcomings, well worth the purchase.
Amos's much lauded take on Eminem's "97 Bonnie & Clyde" is as mesmerizing and stomach churning as it is reputed to be. Additional gems include an exquisite, heartrending version of Tom Waits's "Time" (which, in it's own way, is as good as the original); and a lovely, almost terse piano arrangement of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence." Amos's rendition of Joe Jackson's "Real Men" is, in my opinion, the best track on the album, and considerably better than the original.
Other songs, like "New Age" and "I Don't Like Mondays" are okay, though at the same time one cannot really see the point in Amos's having covered them at all. 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" is, lyrically, one of the best songs about male love and sexuality ever written, but she doesn't do it justice; and the Beatles's "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" are outright butchered, spun out flailing and churning in an (again) cacophonous blender. But the rest of the tracks..."Rattlesnakes," "Strange Little Girl," and particularly Slayer's "Raining Blood" are all well done, stamped with Amos's unmistakable originality. Amos's muses may have hysterics sometimes, but she is never far behind a masterpiece; and what she falls short in is more than made up for by what she excels in.
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Format: Audio CD
After hearing the beautiful cover album 'Girl Versions' by Emm Gryner, a music executive approached Tori with the same idea. I think it was a great decision Tori made by making one. Some of these songs are really excellent like the spell binding 'Enjoy The Silence' and the beautiful 'Time' but I don't see what the hype is about ''97 Bonnie & Clyde' for yes, it is sad and truthful but it's not good. It's the worst song on the album, it's all talking, maybe if Tori sang it, it would be better and maybe even more tragic but I always skip this one for it can get annoying at times.
The title track 'Strange Little Girl' is a great cover, a little different than Tori's main focus (the piano) but it steps it up and shows fans that Tori can have a really great song without having it completely piano driven. And I don't understand why some people dislike 'I'm Not In Love', it's a little different sort of atmosphere but it's hauntingly beautiful. I also really enjoyed 'Raining Blood', 'Rattlesnakes' and 'New Age'. This is definitely a must for any Tori fan, I think that some Tori fans were disappointed because it's not completely original but open your ears and mind with this album and you'll find a lot more than you bargained for.
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Format: Audio CD
Okay, let's get one thing straight. Tori Amos is a genius. stated simply. & not only is she a genius, she's insane, & that my friends, is a force to be reckoned with. Strange Little Girls is a coming-of-age barrage of breath-taking covers by an artist that can never fail. I find it odd how some Tori fans were suprised when she decided to do an albam of just covers, when they should actually be suprised that it took her so long to do a cover albam. If you ever go to a Tori concert, a good majority of the songs are going to be covers & b-sides. & this has widely been embraced at her shows. Which is why I'm shocked that fans would be so unappreciative of this masterpiece. In true Tori fashion, she does everything that you would never expect her to do. Such as her unbelievable, & may i add gutsy, covers of slayers "Raining Blood" & eminems "97' Bonnie & Clyde"
Any other artist would have masacured these two songs beyond belief, but Tori, like she always does, makes it work & brings out the beauty in even the most morbid of lyrics.
Other covers such as "New Age", "Stange Little Girl", "Time", "Real Men", "I Don't Like Mondays", & Rattelsnakes" are in the same vein as absoulutly breakingingly amazing.
I found that a lot of fans had a hard time with songs such as her covers of "Happiness is a warm gun", "Heart of Gold", I'm Not in Love", & "Enjoy the Silence"
Personally, I love all of these songs, but I guess I could understand how other people might not appreciate them because they completely morph the orginal song. On "Heart of Gold", (orgianlly written & sung by Neil Young) she even changed some lyrics.
Weather you love or hate this albam, you must respect her. Because you can't say she doesn't take risks, & that is clearly what tori has done her entire career.
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Despite repeated listenings, Tori's intent has yet to fully gel; this, however, does not detract from the musical prowess displayed.
To be fair, I realise it is difficult to get it without listening to the original tracks. The songs have an unfamiliar texture, as the readings extricate nuances that could escape us, or rather nuances that we are not used to hearing expressed so abstractly. SLG is undoubtedly challenging listen, which requires that one really develop an ear for how emotions are uttered and reflect on how inflection and tone play as much a role as words. (The inclusion of seemlingly odd choices such as Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence makes more sense if thought of this way). This is art with a capital A, a formal excersise trying to communicate something very much associated with meaning (note: I don't necessarily buy the notion that all art is good...)
It is understandable that some people would not rally care to give it the attention it requires (you pretty much have to be a fan to like it). Perhaps the key to cracking the code could be: "How would a woman live this song?", but I am not wholly convinced with the consensus that the whole album consists of songs whose lyrics are sung the way a woman would hear them, given that some of them are clearly more about personifying the lyrics in a woman. An argument in favour of miscomunication in general would probably be more convincing, and accurate.
As far as interpretations go, they're eerily effective. Lou Reed's New Age, in particular, is rendered with the chilling, kinky, moaning desperation of someone on the verge of losing it: the lyrics and Tori's delivery are so attuned that it's hard not to pay attention. (That the song rocks by no means detracts from this...
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