Boys for Pele
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Soulful R&B vocals, ripping solos, funky low-end, and real hip-hop are phrases that describe Vicious Groove's freshman effort, Vicious Nation.
Boys for Pele, the title of Tori Amos's epic third album, is as awkward and confusing as the music inside. Though it sounds like a recruitment slogan for Little League soccer, the name actually refers to the lost temples of feminine divinity. Pele, you see, is the Hawaiian volcano goddess; the boys, well, they're the sacrifices that quell the rumbling lady's rage. Attempting to regain fires stolen long ago, Pele rewrites the crucifixion to star a girl Jesus and in doing so conjures a forgotten matriarchal mythology. While Amos's characters--Jupiter, Muhammad, Lucifer--are male by name, the aural landscape into which they're thrown is as symbolically and expressionistically female as Georgia O'Keeffe's skull-and-roses paintings. Pele is a complex and formless--and often impenetrable--work of gothic-pop chamber music, both beautiful and ghostly in its nearly complete reliance on Amos's rolling Bosendorfer grand piano, chilling harpsichord (which she bangs like a courtly punk rocker), and acrobatic voice (as earthy as Joni Mitchell's and as otherworldly as Bjork's). Unfortunately, she takes us only halfway: her songs engage and challenge us to understand, but the imagery offers few clues to help us crack their frustrating opacity. Pele ends up as much a pretentious and self-indulgent trip as it is a synthesis of talent, imagination, and skewed vision. Still, there's reason to celebrate that an album as formalistically and thematically alien to pop audiences as Pele would win such quick success upon its original release. --Roni Sarig
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1.Horses: I just love her voice in this song...she has that real breathy quality to the tone in her voice that is so addicting to listen to. Her music sways as if your sitting on a swing in the playground and you just can't stop. I love the piano composition...it has a twinkling sound to it.
2.Blood Roses: Love the harpsichord in this song at the intro & throughout the track. Now hear's an instrument that you don't hear in songs much & yet it adds such a dynamic to the song. The lyrics are just so raw & driven and this song you can so appreciate her classical training.
3.Father Lucifer: Interesting lyrics & concept for this track.....one which has to be individually interpretted. Love the high notes she uses in her vocal delivery for this song.
4.Marianne: This is my 2nd favorite song on this song. I just think it is so well written, sung & the instrumentation arrangement is just glorious! It is a haunting piece of storytelling and her voice how she uses these whispers of inflection in her voice that draw you in......then the piano work which cascades like a waterfall to hold your attention. Just brilliant execution!
5.Caught A Lite Sneeze: I love this song...one of her rockier songs. I love the beats & use of the harp in this song...sounds so great I could listen to this song as just an instrumental even it's so great.Read more ›
Even so, if you have had a more "user-friendly" introduction so to speak, don't expect to like Pele instantly. She demands time and depth.
I owned a copy of Pele for about two years before I even had the nerve to listen to anything other than "Mr. Zebra," and "Hey Jupiter," and well...that was about it. I was frightened at first. Then suddenly I stumbled upon "Talula" and discovered the line, "He's my favorite hooker of the whole bunch." And suddenly I couldn't run away from the sensualsexualpowerful experience of Boys For Pele. It's been a staple for me ever since.
Pick a couple tracks you feel up to at the moment. Get to know each personally, before you venture to another. "Blood Roses" can be quite shocking at first, and rightly so.
If you're still uncertain, just buy Pele, put her on your shelf and wait until a) you've had a nasty, crazycrap ending to an amazing relationship b) you're in that state of mind where you feel like no one in the world could possibly understand you or c) you're about to take on your own sexual revolution.
Don't miss out on, "Professional Widow", "Marianne", "Little Amsterdam", "the Doughnut Song", "Putting the Damage On", "Hey Jupiter" and oh my let us not forget "Caught a Lite Sneeze.Read more ›
Let me tell you: when Pele gets mad, she does not play coy. She spits lava, she sets the forest afire, she makes the oceans boil.
Aha! And so we have Boys for Pele, which is a musical genius's way of saying: "F--- YOU! F--- YOU! AND F--- YOU AGAIN!" But of course Tori's too insightful to just have a temper tantrum (a la Professional Widow). She embraces her anger (Father Lucifer), she knows that her anger is in some ways just an escape from pain (Beauty Queen, Horses), she justifies her anger (Marianne), etc. ...
BUT ANYWAY: I have rediscovered this album, and I highly recommend it. I have to say that I don't even particularly relate to the fury in "Blood Roses" and "Professional Widow," but the rhythms/percussion are just wonderful and really not like anything I've ever heard elsewhere. Same goes for "Springtime of his Voodoo " and "Caught a Lite Sneeze" (which I do relate to).
"Father Lucifer" is pretty much worth the price of admission -- it's almost a kind of theme song for those of us who have embraced our inner devils.
Many of the tracks on this album make great use of harpsichord and/or brass instruments, which seems relatively rare these days and is a nice treat. Funny, I'd never thought of a harpsichord as a particularly angry-sounding instrument until this album came along!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
That's ever tori's best of her 14 records !
I'm buying for a second time cause the first one is to old and unplayable by so many listen, more than 1000 time 4 sure !
'Boys For Pele' is the perfect album to put on after a break up, it's got a lot of personal lyrics as Tori fortells some of her personal relationship quests in some of the songs... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Laura
Some ignoramuses might consider my opinion of this CD invalid because I am a diehard Tori fan. But! Read morePublished on May 3 2004
Boys for Pele is perhaps my favorite Tori Amos album. I enjoyed it even more than Little Earthquakes, another excellent effort. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
a harsh and dirty trip from deep inside the core. every emotion is covered beautifully in this album. tori doesn't leave out a single breath. Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Dylan
This is an extraordinary album, even if sometimes you feel like you'll never understand some parts, isn't "odd" Tori's second name? Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by The last fairy
This really a great album. Tori was really in her element when she wrote this. A few of the songs are a little bit out there, but isn't Tori always like that? Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Rygel