STRANGE LITTLE GIRLS
ATLANTIC RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2001 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 30, 2001
the world is dancing to this, oblivious, with blood on their sneekers",
Tori Amos reflects over Eminem's song "Bonnie & Clyde"
in a recent interview.
"Bonnie & Clyde" is one of the songs interpreted on her new
album "Strange Little Girls".
"The scariest thing about it was the recognition that people are getting
into the music and grooving along to a song about a man who is butchering
his wife. In particular I felt one voice was missing: that of the murdered
woman. She had to have a voice."
That viewpoint is the very core of her new album, which is about
men's violence and identity. As well as her claim that writers cannot
separate themselves from what they create: "Words are powerful; words
are like guns!"
It may all sound grave, but it's obvious she had a lot of fun making the
album. Slayer, the Stranglers, Depeche Mode, Lou Reed and The Beatles
are some of the twelve artists who get their heads severed in an
affectionate, intellectual and humorous way.
All the songs on "Strange Little Girls" were written by men,
but are performed by Tori Amos from the perspectives of a diverse cast
of female characters. Often presented as nerve-jangling stories. The CD
inlay includes photos of each woman. The music is preferably acoustic, or laidback orchestrated, with a few
"Strange Little Girls" may very well be one of this year's best
and most important albums. Pure genius!
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