Boys for Pele [CASSETTE]
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This is a wonderful, 5-star album, but don't waste your money on this particular version of it. Get the real thing.
if you liked that remix, don't get this album. get the remix single. this album is musically sparse, lyrically abstract, dark, impressionistic pop.
the remix here sticks out like a heap of fresh elephant dung in a field of beautiful poppies.
Tori plays the harspichord with brilliance and emotion, which, believe me, is extremely hard. The experimentation with the harpsichord and also with a brass band on Putting the Damage On, work a dream.
If you have never heard Tori's work before, I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point. Her other albums are nothing like this, and it may put you off. The other danger is that you may go into this thinking that the dreadful remix of Professional Widow is the album version. Thank God this isn't the case. I think about 2 phrases of the original version were used in the remix. I don't know what possessed Tori to allow it (money I suppose!!).
Don't believe the people who say that this is a difficult album. It's genius, and well worth every hour you invest in it. It pays dividends!!
This album starts out slowly and quietly, as "Beauty Queen" begins with one note on the piano repeating itself; the song soon melds into "Horses," a more intensive yet relatively quiet song. Then the waves crash on the heavy, harpsichord-accompanied "Blood Roses," which seems to echo the bad end of a relationship and categorizes at least some men as "nothing but meat." "Father Lucifer" has a slow, easy melody that climaxes with a slight pandemonium of lyrics. Tori rocks the harpsichord with "Professional Widow," in which soft, lilting lines bridge emotional, intensive lyrical episodes. I love this song, but I imagine the message better relates to women than it does men. "Mr. Zebra" is a short track marking a transition back to soft, lilting music. "Marianne" is a somber song that seems to deal with the suicide of a friend. With "Caught A Lite Sneeze," Tori makes her own hate machine from memories of a failed relationship; this first single from the album is an infectious, masterful song.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb third album from Tori Amos.
An undisputed five star must buy masterpiece.
This is by far my favourite album by Tori Amos, even though it is set in a more troubled, darker world away from the lighter and easier-to-listen-to Under the Pink, I find this... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anthony111
This album is of Tori`s best, and i can say it will please you very well. Buy it, you will love it.Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by yngvegronseth
I call this album a black magic, it's a 18 song long trip to a dark castle that is full with unfortunate relationships, vulnerable girls, regret, loss and still can't understanding... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by Kaan Sensoy