Album Review: Girl Versions by Emm Gryner

Album Name: Girl Versions
Artist: Emm Gryner
Year/Label: 2001 / Dead Daisy Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Canadian singer Emm Gryner had the same idea with Girl Versions as Tori Amos had with Strange Little Girls; to cover songs by male artists. Gryner thought of it before Tori and made a limited edition tape a few years ago. This is the album version.

Emm Gryner takes some unlikely candidates and makes them her own. Thus Def Leppard’s hip thrusting “Pour Some Sugar on Me” becomes a sensitive love song. Clash’s “Straight to hell” is more moving than the original and a Stone Temple Pilots song becomes listenable.

Gryner has successfully remade these songs in her own image. The album is one of the year’s best.

Posted on December 11, 2001

Track Listing

1. Waiting Room
2. Crazy Train
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me
4. For What Reason
5. Straight To Hell
6. Song 2
7. Straight To You
8. Big Bang Baby
9. Sea Song
10. The Day We Hit The Coast

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Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Emm Gryner’s ‘Girl Versions’ is like a dream. It’s utterly fantastic and I’ve never heard a more brilliantly, beautiful song than ‘For What Reason’. Excellent.
~Laura on Saturday, August 7, 2004

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