Whitney really chooses some fantastic covers to add to her live sets, and she totally owned this classic “girl power anthem” when I witnessed her perform it at her London shows. On both occasions it got an amazing response from the audience and it’s not surprising that she has recorded her own studio version, available to download in all the usual places!
The song was way ahead of its time when first recorded in 1963 by Lesley Gore ( written by two males as well!) with its message that women are not just put on this planet to be arm candy and controlled by men.
As in the original version, Whitney’s cover builds as the song progresses through its multiple key changes and her vocals get more vitriolic and emphatic, it really demonstrates what a fantastic singer and interpreter of lyrics she is. And when performed live she takes it further with foot stomping to almost tantrum level and her powerful vocals are unleashed even more! (A Live performance of the song in Toronto below!)
The studio version gives Whitney the chance to use classic orchestral accompaniment with some beautiful strings in particular, the driving drums also a highlight for me. Enjoy!
Article written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)