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Tori Amos, Boys for Pele

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1433068

Disk length: 1h 10m 34s (18 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1996

Label: Unknown

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“Boys for Pele” Tracks & Durations

1. Beauty Queen-Horses 6:07
2. Blood Roses 3:56
3. Father Lucifer 3:42
4. Professional Widow 4:31
5. Mr. Zebra 1:07
6. Marianne 4:09
7. Caught a Lite Sneeze 4:26
8. Muhammad My Friend 3:49
9. Hey Jupiter (Original Album Mix) 5:11
10. Way Down 1:13
11. Little Amsterdam 4:30
12. Talula 4:08
13. Not The Red Baron 3:50
14. Agent Orange 1:25
15. Doughnut Song 4:20
16. In The Springtime of His Voodoo 5:33
17. Putting the Damage On 6:04
18. Twinkle 2:22

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Review

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

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 34s

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 33s (-1m 59s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 10s (-1m 36s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 10s (-1m 36s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 10m 9s (-1m 35s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 11m 5s (+0m 31s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 11m 8s (+0m 34s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 9m 41s (-1m 7s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 12m 44s (+2m 10s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 19 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 1h 13m 43s (+3m 9s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 18, Disk length: 1h 6m 51s (-4m 17s)

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

Tracks: 19 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 1h 16m 41s (+6m 7s)