ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The girls get ready to rule again in rock
The “women in rock” label is so, like, 1997, but a few fine female
musicians from the ’90s make their return in 2004. And it looks like
February is their month. Aside from the long delayed Courtney Love record — America’s
Sweetheart is slated for a Feb. 10 release, but who knows what will happen
if the grunge mama goes to jail on her recent run-in with the law — her
ex-bandmate Melissa Auf Der Maur will release her self-financed solo rocker
simply titled Auf Der Maur, which will combine the Montrealer’s angelic
vocals with plenty of metal riffs.
Fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette is also readying some hook-filled, yet simultaneously
experimental songs to be released on her So-Called Chaos album, due late February.
And not to be outdone by recent girl-and-piano successes like Vanessa Carlton
and Norah Jones, whose sophomore release Feels Like Home will sell a zillion
copies when it’s released on Feb. 10, everyone’s favourite ranting
sullen girl Fiona Apple finally releases her as-of-yet untitled third record,
which promises to draw from an eclectic collection of influences like Vaudeville
and groove-laden beats.
Whatever happened to Sarah Harmer? Well, the answer comes on Mar. 9 when the
follow-up to her much-praised 2000 disc You Were Here is released. All Of Our
Names continues in the naked, folk intimacy of Harmer’s debut with some
acidic rockin’ thrown in. Another of our Sarahs is readying new material — the
eccentric Sarah Slean took a trip to the woods to write songs for her next
record that’s expected in the fall.