Boys for Pele

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1996 Ratings: #21 / 65
User Score
Based on 128 ratings
1996 Ratings: #16
Liked by 7 people
January 22, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic, EastWest / Label
Tori Amos / Producer / Website
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An experimental Tori album so soon into her career already?. 1996 saw Tori release her most eccentric album to date with the amazing Boys For Pele. As much as I absolutely adore this album now, it took me a good while to warm to its production and very different style / references. Tori brings in very distinctive choices of instruments such as the harpsichord that has such a regal sound to it. This album spawned some fantastic tracks such as Caught A Lite Sneeze and Professional Widow which ... read more
She needs to work on her overly long album lengths
Tori’s albums grow more and more complex. ‘Boys for Pele’ is quite experimental and dense. Could be shorter.
Eww. EWW EWW EWW!!!! Suddenly Tori gets a hankering to be a strong predator-type woman like early PJ Harvey. So she adopts those same fucking irritating vocalisms - yelling really high-pitched ugly tuneless shit, letting her voice crack on purpose (because that's "real"), adopting stupid "tough girl" accents, straying WAY off melody in the name of "coolness" - basically destroying an album that wasn't all that good anyway!

Same mix of lone piano songs and ... read more
Boys for pele was written after tori amos breakup with long term boyfriend and producer eric rosse.

This album is a cryptic and dense exploration into tori’s mind after this breakup, it led her to evaluate her experiences with men and goes deep. After a trip to hawaii, Amos learned about legendary volcano goddess pele. Tori conceived the songs as representing stealing fire from the men in her life as well as a journey to finding her own fire as a woman. Amos was finding parts and pieces ... read more
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Added on: November 19, 2014