Strange Little Girls

Tori Amos

Strange Little Girls

Atlantic Records

 

One listen to Tori Amos’ rendition of Eminem’s “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” and it becomes quite clear that Strange Little Girls is nothing as simple as a covers album. She intends her new CD as a reaction to male violence.

Amos pays tribute to the women portrayed on this and eleven other cover songs written by male songwriters. By voicing their side of the story, she frees them from their male creators.

In contrast to Eminem’s rage and brutality, Amos sings “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” with a loving and reassuring tone. Startling and intrusive, the song is stripped down to a mesmerizing string arrangement and striking vocals that haven’t been heard from Amos since her 1992 song, “Me and A Gun.”

Each song on Strange Little Girls deals with hate and violence, mostly concluding with tragic endings. Whether portraying a sexual vixen in 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” or offering a feminist take on Joe Jackson’s “Real Men,” Amos reclaims the songs’ characters as her own, challenging their original misogyny and aggression.

-Kari Petrie

Tori Amos plays Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-339-7007). Rufus Wainwright opens. 7:30 p.m. $32-$42. All-Ages.