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Boys for Pele

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Boys'' Sacrificed To Psychosis

    Tori Amos' third release, ''Boys For Pele'', is her least accessible, least understandable album. Many of the tracks are under two minutes long and listening to her lyrics is like reading Carroll's ''Jabberwocky''. ''Hey Jupiter'',''In the Springtime of His Voodoo'' and ''The Doughnut Song'' are beautifully done, but the other songs are sub-par Amos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Into the Flaming Volcano

    If Little Earthquakes stripped Tori Amos to the skin ¿ and Under the Pink to the bone ¿ then Boys For Pele slashes straight to the singer¿s psyche. With bells, whistles, and other extraneous effluvia largely eschewed, Pele shines a white-hot, oft-times uncomfortably claustrophobic spotlight on Amos and her beloved Bösendorfer, leaving the listener with the queasy sensation of being attached at the tongue to a Turette¿s Syndrome-suffering Siamese twin. Which is to say: The lyrics have gotten even weirder. While her Earthquakes-era couplets, when not spot-on inspired, were never less than hypnotically provocative, Amos¿ lyrical weavings on Pele lean perilously toward the precious. Suddenly, Fig Newtons and tuna are competing with zebras and weasels for nursery-rhyme remote, non-sequitur supremacy, and Mr. Sulu and Judas are time-sharing with Moses and Muhammad (both the prophet AND the pugilist). Still, there are many gems in this junkshop (¿Father Lucifer,¿ ¿Marianne,¿ ¿Caught a Lite Sneeze,¿ ¿Hey Jupiter,¿ ¿Putting the Damage On¿); one simply has to work a bit to mine them from the muck.

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    Posted December 3, 2008

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