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Boys for Pele

Tori Amos Audio CD
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1. Horses
2. Blood roses
3. Father Lucifer
4. Professional Widow
5. Mr Zebra
6. Marianne
7. Caught a lite sneeze
8. Muhammad my friend
9. Hey Jupiter
10. Way down
11. Little Amsterdam
12. Talula
13. Not the Red Baron
14. Agent Orange
15. Doughnut song
16. In the springtime of his voodoo
17. Putting the damage on
18. Twinkle

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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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TORI AMOS Boys For Pele (1996 German 18-track CD album includes Armand Star Trunk Funkin Mix of Professional Widow picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever's best May 20 2014
By Fredinf
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 !
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute original! June 3 2012
By C. Preston TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I am a diehard Tori fan....and I think this CD was one of the 1st Tori CD's that I had purchased. I loved how original she was as an artist & the intelligence in her writing ability. As mysterious as the lyrics is the way in which she chooses to deliver the notes vocally & instrumentally. Her music is absolutely for those with more than the average IQ out there...at least if your listening closely.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, we can use the "M" word without reservation July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
...as "Boys For Pele" IS very possibly Amos's masterpiece . Every song on it is instrumentally brilliant and lyrically ambiguous. The music's directness comes from its raw (though beautifully disciplined) emotions; from exquisite ballads like "Doughnut Song" "Marianne" "Twinkle" and "Putting The Damage On;" from the strange channeled mystery of "Not The Red Baron"...a song which, if one did not know better (and perhaps we don't) could almost be said to have portended 9/11. The truth is that Amos, as a genius, is probably not even aware of the meaning of 80% of her songs herself. They choose her as their spokeswoman; but it is not her job to interpret their message; only to record her own reactions to it whilst telling it. There is funk here, and heartbreak; there is devastating wit and a wonderful gift for satire ("Professional Widow"). The album's Achilles heel is the overrated and fingernails- on- a- chalkboard annoying "Caught A Lite Sneeze"......a blend of cacophony that sounds like Amos punching her muses in the face, and getting punched back. But to laud this record's virtues would be an essay in itself. It is a goergous work; the accomplishment of an unmistakable genius and an irreplaceably unique artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different yet pleasant album July 15 2004
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
'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 such as Professional Widow.
Though I don't find this to be Tori's BEST album (I don't know what can beat 'Little Earthquakes') but it's still a definite 5 stars. Some of Tori's best songs are on this album. Such as, Putting The Damage On, Horses, Talula and Doughnut Song.
A definite must for any Tori fan and a great addition to anyone's collection. Different musically, as Tori adds in a lot of the organ and other instruments but still lyrically and vocally AMAZING. Brilliant and honest. A great buy.
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Ah yes. Pele. Where does one begin with such a hodgepodge of pure unadulterated emotion and myth? Yes, I admit that I am a major Toriphile, but this record was the contagion which caused my permanent outbreak of Toriphilia. I agree with some of the other reviewers -if you're new to the Church of Tori, it is recommended to start off with where she, Tori, first began (although my own personal prerequisite was Under The Pink -in the beginning I felt like Little Earthquakes was overrated, but of course I was proven wrong...but that's another review.)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just saw Pele and...
I have owned "Boys for Pele" since 1996. I have always loved (most of) it, but I'd kinda stopped listening to it as the years went by. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Jennifer A. Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars OMGD
Some ignoramuses might consider my opinion of this CD invalid because I am a diehard Tori fan. But! Read more
Published on May 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars essential Tori Amos
Boys for Pele is perhaps my favorite Tori Amos album. I enjoyed it even more than Little Earthquakes, another excellent effort. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
5.0 out of 5 stars chickens get a taste of your meat..
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 more
Published on April 25 2004 by Dylan
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be scared, just buy it!
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 more
Published on March 6 2004 by The last fairy
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys for Pele
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 more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Rygel
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic masterpiece
I, like many, think LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Tori's earthshattering debut) is the best cd I have ever heard. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Music fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Baffling.
I don't understand why so many Tori fans claim this is her best work. The music is-- for the most part-- jarring, and sometimes downright ugly. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by B. K.
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