Label: Atlantic - 82862-2 • Format: CD Album, Club Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Alternative Rock
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 PinkAmos 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 Hey Jupiter - Tori Amos - Boys For Pele saw fit.
She did so with new additions to her arsenal: a harpsichord, brass flourishes, a choir, Hey Jupiter - Tori Amos - Boys For Pele 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 Hey Jupiter - Tori Amos - Boys For Pele in ways that she hadn't before attempted.
Like hitting an exposed nerve or an open wound, the rawness was striking. 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. 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 High Voltage Lover - Vava Vol - After All Is Said And Done (File, Album) and finding bittersweet solace on "Twinkle.
Boys for Pele remains one of her very best works, timeless in its examination of pain, self-discovery, and acceptance. Except for the curious exclusion of "Samurai," the bonus disc compiles all the previously released B-sides from this prolific era -- even Armand van Helden 's jarring "Professional Widow" remix -- as well as the live tracks found on the Hey Jupiter EP.
For longtime fans, the most exciting inclusion is the legendary "To the Fair Motormaids of Japan. Even for fans who already own the bulk of this material, the reissue is worthwhile for these new glimpses into one of Amos ' most defining and honest eras.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Main Album Boys for Pele Release Date November 18, Track Listing - Disc 1. Tori Amos. Blood Roses. Father Lucifer. Professional Widow. Caught a Lite Sneeze. Muhammad My Friend. Hey Jupiter. Way Down. Little Amsterdam. Not the Red Baron. Agent Orange. Doughnut Song. In the Springtime of His Voodoo.
Putting the Damage On. Track Listing - Disc 2. Hey Jupiter [The Dakota Version]. To the Fair Motormaids of Japan. Sugar [Live]. Alamo [Tornado Mix]. Frog on My Toe. Hungarian Wedding Song. Walk to Dublin Sucker Reprise. Toodles Mr. Sister Named Desire. This Old Man. Honey [Live]. London Girls. Blood Roses Tori Amos. Father Lucifer Tori Amos. Professional Widow Tori Amos. Zebra Tori Amos. Marianne Tori Amos. Caught a Lite Sneeze Tori Amos. Muhammad My Friend Tori Amos. Hey Jupiter Tori Amos. Way Down Tori Amos.
Little Amsterdam Tori Amos. Talula Tori Amos. Not the Red Baron Tori Amos. Agent Orange Tori Amos. Doughnut Song Tori Amos. Putting the Damage On Tori Amos. Twinkle Tori Amos. Sugar [Live] Tori Amos. Alamo [Tornado Mix] Tori Amos. Frog on My Toe Tori Amos. Jim Tori Amos. Sister Named Desire Tori Amos. This Old Man Tori Amos. Sucker Tori Amos. Honey [Live] Tori Amos. Graveyard Tori Amos.
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