For All You Toriphiles
ReignWaterBurns | Madison, WI | 02/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 101 mix of "A Sorta Fairytale" isn't *too* different from the original, it feels more bare and stripped down if anything. The drum sounds have been replaced: instead of a crisp, tinny drum it's been replaced with a dull thuddy drum sound, which adds to the sparse feel. You can hear the acoustic guitar loud and clear in this mix.
"Operation Peter Pan" is probably the reason to buy this single, even though the song's just short of two minutes in length. It's odd to hear Tori singing with only a guitar accompaniment; there's no piano to be heard on this track. It's a fairly happy-sounding song, and the guitar sound has sort of a "ren faire" feel to it, if that makes sense. The most interesting thing about this song is the paragraph about it that's included on the liner notes:
"Operation Peter Pan spanned from 1960-62 whereby over 14,000 children were sent away from their families in Cuba, some never to reunite again. Pan Am flights took the children to Miami, FL, 'Never-Never Land,' and the children became known as the 'Peter Pans.' I wrote this song for my daughter, and it is sung for all the children and mothers, fathers, and brothers who felt this pain of separation all because of governments and their politics."
The last "track" on the CD, "A Scarlet Story," isn't a song at all, it's a video of sorts. Images of Tori pass by on the screen while she discusses the album for a few minutes. I'm 95% positive that her words are a composite from the 40 minute "Scarlet Stories" promo CD that some people received when they bought "Scarlet's Walk." This video, while neat, is slightly annoying because it required that I run Mac OS9 ("Classic") on my computer that normally operates on OSX. Besides that however it's a fun little single that's worth picking up eventually."