Emm Gryner - Girl Versions 
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On this collection of diverse covers the Toronto-based singer-songwriter Emm Gryner gets everything just right. Indeed, there's nary a duff track on Girl Versions, which, like Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls (released at roughly the same time), finds the artist giving a healthy dose of feminine perspective to songs written by and associated with men. And not just any men, either--Gryner reinterpets works from men's men like Ozzy Osbourne and the Stone Temple Pilots as well as idealistic punks (Fugazi) and cardigan-wearing indie boys (Death Cab for Cutie). Accompanying herself on piano with occasional cello from Alex McMaster, Gryner--who has sung backup for David Bowie--confidently finds the melodic subtleties in Ozzy's "Crazy Train" and Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (who knew?). All the cuts are uniformly strong, but two in particular stand out--Gryner outright steals Thrush Hermit's anthemic rocker "The Day We Hit the Coast" from the Halifax band with a supple vocal that twists the melody into a sweet, lovely ballad. And she gets right to the heart of "Straight to Hell," adding poignancy to the Combat Rock-era Clash song about the legacy of the Vietnam war with stark piano accompaniment and a harrowing vocal.
In 2000, Gryner released Girl Versions, an album of songs by Nick Cave, The Clash, Stone Temple Pilots, Blur and others. The album featured unexpected and sparse ballad arrangements of beloved anthems such as Fugazi's "Waiting Room" and Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me." Girl Versions surprised listeners with its often fervid "female interpretation" of male lyrics and was a subtle, tongue-in-cheek response to the growing notion of "women in music" as a genre, a phenomenon that seemed to infuse the record industry in the late 90's.
Girl Versions was nominated for Best Pop Album of the Year at Canada's Juno Awards.
Artist: Emm Gryner
Album: Girl Versions
Date Of Release: 2001
Genre: Adult Alternative, Alternapop, Covers Record
Bitrate: VBR --alt-preset extreme
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