Over the years, the lyrics of Joe Jackson's songs often appeared to be sung from a female point of view, the best example being "It's Different for Girls." So it's only fitting that an all-female tribute to Jackson was assembled in 2004, Different for Girls: Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover Joe Jackson. Now before you get all excited with thoughts of Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, and Joni Mitchell covering Jackson classics, the 14 artists that appear on the album aren't exactly household names. As with most tribute albums, some of the artists stick close to the originals (Lisa Mychols' "Look Sharp!," Fabulous Disaster's "Got the Time," Fiona Lehn's "On Your Radio"), while others try new approaches (Elaine K's "Is She Really Going out with Him?," Idle Mirth's "Another World," Maxine Young's "It's Different for Girls"). Also included is an appearance by Mary Lee's Corvette ("Home Town"), who is a favorite of Jackson (and has opened shows for him on numerous occasions). Of course there's nothing like the classic original versions, but for longtime fans who are looking for something to spice up their extensive Jackson CD collections, Different for Girls: Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover Joe Jackson may just do the trick.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato