Archive for February, 2002

Tori Amos – Strange Little Girls

February 26th, 2002

It’s Reigning Women

There is something ominous in Tori Amos’ rendition of Eminem’s “‘97 Bonnie & Clyde.” The background orchestration is reminiscent of a classic Hitchcock driving scene, perhaps an appropriate setting as the soft female voice whispers the aftermath of a mother’s murder. Amos retells the story seemingly from the corpse’s point of view, possibly the only successful cover on the album if her purpose is to shatter the perception of female characters in male-dominated rock and pop songs. This purpose seems lost on most of the songs on Strange Little Girls, Amos’ latest release, though the album is not without its inventiveness and character. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Lovage – Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By

February 13th, 2002

Take Me Home

Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By is far and away one of the best albums of 2001. It is a seductive, sensual, romantic yet slightly humorous journey dedicated to gettin’ your groove on. Lovage is a side project concocted by Dan the Automator (a.k.a. Nathaniel Merriweather) focused on crafting songs about lovemaking. Dan the Autmator serves as ringleader over an impressive array of collaborators. The album features guest spots from such notable artists as Blur’s Damon Alburn, De La Soul’s Maseo and Afrika Bambaataa, each of which does a short spoken word ranging from interesting (Maseo) to downright hilarious (Afrika Bambaataa). However the real kindling on the amorous fireplace that is Lovage is the vocal stylings of Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles, and the turntabling of Kid Koala. Patton and Charles weave a breathtaking tapestry of alluring melodies, dueting on most tracks while Kid Koala spins dreamy instrumentals interludes on the remainder. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews