Amore del Tropico

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On their fourth album, this off-kilter San Diego collective takes even more twists and turns than followers have come to expect -- which is really saying something. A concept album of sorts, Amore del Tropico delves into love, betrayal, and death, trailing film noir imagery and provocative sonics along a winding, and often bumpy, path. But where the BHP of days of yore would often resort to complexity for its own sake, the core trio -- augmented here by a tastefully deployed string section -- strip things down on many tracks, such as the menacing, beat-intensive "Sympathy Crime," and stroll through heretofore unexplored territory on others, most notably the Tom ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On their fourth album, this off-kilter San Diego collective takes even more twists and turns than followers have come to expect -- which is really saying something. A concept album of sorts, Amore del Tropico delves into love, betrayal, and death, trailing film noir imagery and provocative sonics along a winding, and often bumpy, path. But where the BHP of days of yore would often resort to complexity for its own sake, the core trio -- augmented here by a tastefully deployed string section -- strip things down on many tracks, such as the menacing, beat-intensive "Sympathy Crime," and stroll through heretofore unexplored territory on others, most notably the Tom Zé–flavored "Tropics of Love." There's a bleak beauty on display through much of Amore del Tropico -- a stately tone that manages to dodge stiffness even as it asserts its regality: "Did You Wonder" is a prime example of that, its ornate piano line offset by a terse, martial rhythm that underscores the melodic tension with a sigh rather than a scream. The disc is as dark and enveloping as a rainforest night.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Black Heart Procession took a chapter out of the Nick Cave book of cool for their fourth album, Amore del Tropico. It's a sultry, mystical book of romance. The crime of love is the culprit in this murder mystery and the Black Heart Procession mix a tantalizing session of lounge and blues aesthetics, dark guitars, and lush string arrangements. It's an epic move for this Californian foursome -- the concept is brilliant and musically the Black Heart Procession are sonically at their best. Amore del Tropico starts off with the ten-second orchestration titled "The End of Love." The cinematic approach taken from the beginning sets the scene; "Tropics of Love" and "Why I Stay" shimmy with a Cuban edge. Vocalist Paulo Zappoli croons with a sexy flair while sifting through a world without heart. Steps are retraced on the sinister storm of "The Waiter #4," while "Did You Wonder" spirals around megalomania and Tobias Nathaniel's pinch-hitting guitar work. As the album draws to a close, elements of discovery are more apparent. "Before the People" presents the suspects while muted vocal distortions of "Fingerprints" linger around eerie violins. In the end, the soul who was searching for an answer falls to fate. However, the Black Heart Procession believe in the light on the other side and the countrified haze of "The One Who Has Disappeared" is an obvious reason why. Amore del Tropico gives the gift of love's bruised heart. The mystery of love's pain is never really solved and that's the beauty of this record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • UPC: 036172093229
  • Catalog Number: 932
  • Sales rank: 211,744

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Heart Procession Primary Artist
Charles Curtis Cello
Joyce Rooks Cello
Jim Austin Upright Bass
Jason Crane Trumpet
Matt Parker Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Pall A. Jenkins Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Tobias Nathaniel Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Optigan
Mark Turner Parker Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Lap Steel Guitar
Traei Wooley Background Vocals
Liz Janes Background Vocals
Dimitri Dziensuwski Vocals
Arabella Makalani Background Vocals
Joe Plummer Percussion, Drums, Xylophone
Paulo Zappoli Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Saw
Susanna Waiche Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
Pall Engineer, Drawing
Ben Moore Engineer
The Black Heart Procession Producer, Engineer
Dimitri Dziensuwski Contributor
Jason Soares Coloration
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