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Album Review

Boys for Pele is the harshest and most challenging work in Tori Amos' catalog. However, it also stands as the most cathartic, nourishing, and artistically thrilling of her career. Birthed in the wake of a devastating breakup, Pele is a sprawling ode to the feminine, conjured in a whirlwind of pain that forced Amos to embark on a quest into the dark unknown to find the fire within that had been snuffed out by the men in her life. After her breakthrough confessional Little Earthquakes and the delicate impressions of Under the Pink, Amos struck out on her own for the first time, unfettered and uncompromised. Pele would be her debut at the helm as sole producer, a control she would maintain for the rest of her career. With that power, Amos was free to exorcize the demons as she saw fit. She did so with new additions to her arsenal: a harpsichord, brass flourishes, a choir, labyrinthine lyrics, and a pantheon of spirits summoned in the Louisiana bayou and the Irish countryside. It was a jarring shift. While unflinching songs like "Me and a Gun," "God," "Icicle," and "The Waitress" flirted with what was to come, Pele delved directly into the darkness, cleansing both her and the listener in ways that she hadn't before attempted. Like hitting an exposed nerve or an open wound, the rawness was striking. Following the sparse opener "Beauty Queen/Horses," the discord on "Blood Roses" shocks Pele to life with medieval harpsichord magic. That electricity surges throughout, most notably on "Professional Widow," a powerful dose of industrial-piano ferocity that holds nothing back in its demands for peace, love, and a little something extra. When her rage is restrained, the pain seeps through in quiet moments of devastation like "Hey Jupiter," "Putting the Damage On," "Doughnut Song," and the utterly heartbreaking "Marianne." While the first half of Pele houses the more immediate numbers, the back end of the LP provides rewards for the patient listener. From the rousing "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" to the funky "Little Amsterdam," Amos slowly crawls out from the underworld, nourishing her spirit with a Southern gospel choir on "Way Down" and finding bittersweet solace on "Twinkle." Although the album runs long — and is emotionally exhausting in scope — the shared journey is part of the experience, as listeners play the Dante to Amos' Virgil. Boys for Pele remains one of her very best works, timeless in its examination of pain, self-discovery, and acceptance. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi

Customer Reviews

This remaster was very respectfully well done

I always say this is the one album I would choose to have on a deserted isalnd - and now the clarity is sick. Good job guys on the remaster as it's amazing!!!

Why was Abbey Road not included on this?!?!?!?!

My favorite Tori Amos hands down.The complexity,fiery feminsim,harpsichord,song structures and impenetrable lyrics all make this somehow accessible.For music that someohow is inaccessible there is a beguiling beauty and timelessness that makes this album still tick decades later and the remastering really brightens an otherwise dusty album.I was excited to hear To The Fair Motormaids OF Japan was finally seeing light of day.But to be honest I heard it and was underwhelmed.Let's be honest.It's a nice piece of music but bland compared to the album tracks and B Sides.I can see why it wasn't even considered for either B Side or album status.Its just not that interesting musically.Doesn't really go anywhere.So it led me to the next question.Why in the heck was Abbey Road left off this reissue?It's been played in that era on Acoustic Cafe radio show November 1996 and can be easily found on youtube and converted to MP3 but it would have been nice to have such a beautiful piece of music that really evokes emotions and visuals on that album reissue as an official release.It is superior to To The Fair Motormaids Of Japan,some album tracks and B Sides.I actually had to put the MP3 of it on the reissue playlist to complete what otherwise would have been a 5 star reissue.

😃 B-sides Galore 😃

AWESOME... It's wonderful to see that the "Powers That Be" have given this album of supreme musical achievement the "Royal Treatment". Tori Amos is an artist who is known not only for her full length album contributions, but also for her "hidden gems" that could be found on her maxi singles which were not included on her albums in the 90's. Tori's fans, new & old alike, now have the opportunity to hear her digitally remastered material the way she had always meant for us to hear the music... ENJOY!


Born: August 22, 1963 in Newton, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following...
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Boys for Pele (Deluxe), Tori Amos
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jan 22, 1996

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