January 9 , 2004  
Volume 97, Issue 55  

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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.

—Brian Wong

 

 

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