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Boys for Pele
     

Boys for Pele

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by Tori Amos
 

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Highly ambitious, challenging, idiosyncratic, and confounding, Boys for Pele expands on the more experimental and progressive tendencies of Under the Pink. Amos frequently discards traditional song structures and employs wide-ranging, eclectic instrumentation in her music, while her lyrics seem to

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Highly ambitious, challenging, idiosyncratic, and confounding, Boys for Pele expands on the more experimental and progressive tendencies of Under the Pink. Amos frequently discards traditional song structures and employs wide-ranging, eclectic instrumentation in her music, while her lyrics seem to grow even more obscure, giving the album a very impressionistic feel. While there are certainly worthwhile moments, her experiments don't always work; some of the songs fail to stick, and it takes a few plays before many start to sink in. Ultimately, Boys for Pele is polarizing: Some Amos fans will only admire her more for taking the risks she does, while others may find to their disappointment that the intimacy and personal connection that helped Amos build her fan base are too difficult to detect.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/1996
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678286223
catalogNumber:
82862

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Organ,Clavichord,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Sammy Berfect   Choir, Chorus
Steve Caton   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Manu Katché   Drums
Craig Klein   Sousaphone
George Porter   Bass
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Strings
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Scott Smalley   Conductor
James Watson   Trumpet,Conductor
Darryl Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Marcel VanLimbeek   Bells
Mark Sterling   Choir, Chorus
Gus McField   Choir, Chorus
James Crawford   Choir, Chorus
Jack Trimble   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Tori Amos   Producer
Cindy   Art Direction
Alan Friedman   drum programming
John Philip Shenale   Arranger
Peter Willison   Director
Mark Mullins   Horn Arrangements
Mark Hawley   Engineer
Scott Smalley   Orchestration
Marcel VanLimbeek   Engineer

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Boys for Pele 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD, videos, and the Dew Drop Inn Tour relayed the most raw emotion put forth by a musical artist to date. Watch Tori perform Precious Things, from the Live in NY video and I think you will agree nobody has shown so much on stage, no matter if you like the performance or not. Amazing, a must have CD for those who like introspective, intelligent music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album may not sound like the two released before it, but it is definately a must-have for long time Tori fans and new fans alike. The music on the tracks is excellently written, arranged, and, of course, played. Tori once again wows us with her pen and ability to play with words. Highly recommended for the latest addition to your music library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first bought this album, I honestly had trouble listening to it entirely. It just didn't stick with me. But I gave it a few listens and now it is my favorite album. There is so much emotion and bizarreness that it is just superb. Yes the songs are a little out there and hard to understand, but the songs are also some of the most beautiful I've ever heard. "Marianne" is definitely my favorite. Highly recommended.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD, I listen to it most out of all of her albums. To me it has the most emotion out of all of them, They put me in the mood of whatever song is playing. They are also a lot more dark than her previous work, which to me is an improvment. Although i think all of Tori's albums are magnificent pieces of work (except scarlet's walk)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boys for Pele was, in my opinion, a great evolution in her work. The dark side of these songs (even "Talula", the sunniest song on the album, is about severed queens, i.e. Marie-Antoinette and Anne Boleyn) makes this album her best up to date. In my opinion, however, it lacks the intimacy that made "Little Earthquakes" such a good record, but it's much better than "Under the Pink", maybe just because it's so dark and sad.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a an album provoked such emotions out of me. Every song, and I mean EVERY song, is a masterpiece. She is a modern day Mozart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.