Tori Amos – Strange Little Girls (2001)

On the one hand, this cover album by Tori Amos, featuring covers of songs about women written by men, doesn’t sound anything like a typical Tori Amos album: There’s little piano to be found and a heavy emphasis on guitars. Thematically however, it’s just the type of subversive musical experiment that would appeal to Amos’s experimental side, as she finesses new feminine contexts for famous songs like Eminem’s “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” and “New Age” by Tom Waits in ways that are surprising and compelling. The sound of the album varies dramatically from song to song and it’s easy to see why Amos’s infamously loyal fanbase remains divided on this one, but I found it to be a terrific and entertaining addition to Amos’s discography, and while it never becomes a masterpiece it nevertheless remains fascinating.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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