Heat Magazine (U.K.)
September 22-28, 2001

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Tori's Strange Little Girls album was reviewed in the September 22-28, 2001 edition of the weekly Heat magazine in the U.K.. Thanks to Lucy Townsend for telling me.

In a nutshell: The queen of kook has surpassed herself this time.

Here's the concept: take 12 songs written by men but perform them from the perspective of a cast of female characters. Why? Because it's "fascinating how men say things and women hear them."

What's it like? Weird: The Beatles' Happiness is a Warm Gun introduced by news footage about Lennon's assassination; scary: Tori's disturbingly sinister take on Eminem's wife -butchering tale '97 Bonnie and Clyde; and profoundly beautiful: a simple piano version of Tom Wait's Time. Other tracks include Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence and 10CC's I'm Not in Love. How many good tracks? Seven out of twelve.

Best track: Time

Worst Track: Tori renders Slayer's Raining Blood an unlistenable dirge. No change there, then.

Verdict: A Tori Amos covers album was never going to be conventional but this is as intriguing as it is challanging. You worry about her sanity though, * * * (3 stars)

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