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'Boys For Pele' is just fabulous. Buy it.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Boys For Pele [Australian Import] (Audio CD)
I have listened to all of Tori Amos' albums (bar 'Y Kant Tori Read' and the forthcoming 'Scarlet's Walk') and 1996's 'Boys For Pele' was the third Tori album I encountered.
Well, yes, it does take a bit of getting used to after her 1992 debut 'Little Earthquakes' was so accessible and 1994's 'Under The Pink' so mysterious it drew you in. 'Boys For Pele' is unlike anything we have heard before from anyone. Truly original and in places breathtakingly beautiful, the album very much represents the fire in the creator's personality.
I first heard the album at the beginning of 2002 and eight months later it may well be better on my ears than in January. Kicking off with "Beauty Queen" and the delightful ballad "Horses", the album begins rather quietly and mysteriously. When it kicks into the sublime "Blood Roses", an energetic rant, you are completely gobsmacked. Tori includes harpsichord here and on many of the other tracks including several hits.
The lyrical side to Miss Amos travels down unexplored avenues for madness! Her lyrics can be hard to penetrate, but the music more than makes up for it. Tori includes church bells, harpsichord, bagpipes, brass bands - the lot. And to great effect.
'Boys For Pele' is also Tori's first self-produced affair and this is another factor to its brilliance. The odd "Professional Widow" was made into a chart-topping club hit in 1997, but the original is without doubt the better, making for possibly the most raw sounding song on the album.
'Boys For Pele' is quirky, gorgeous, odd, extreme, eccentric, beautiful, head-turning and magical all at once. It is so far Tori's most challenging and ambitious listen, but with a few good plays it will become a favourite.
"Cooling", a song meant to have been on this album, would have made 'Boys For Pele' even better but it is so special that maybe it is better left played live. You can hear that song on the live disc of 1999's 'To Venus And Back' album.
Tori would expand her muse on later albums, but 'Boys For Pele' is just fabulous. Buy it.