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Tori Amos

Boys For Pele

Review by Gary Hill

This album is yet another wonderful work from Tori Amos. Her style combines wonderful lyrics, that are at times a bit on the gritty side, with music that calls to mind Kate Bush, without copying her.

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Track by Track Review
Horses
Actually two songs (Beauty Queen and Horses), this one begins with a very sparse piano accompanying nearly accapella vocals. This Beauty Queen segment is very unusual. As it moves into the other half of the piece, a beautifully classically tinged piano segment emerges. This is quite a lush, intricate and dramatic piece.
Blood Roses
This is a harpsichord-based cut with rather gritty lyrics. It features some very unusual vocal work at times.
Father Lucifer
This arrangement is somewhat playful and includes horns and some nice vocal layering.
Professional Widow
A harpsichord based rocker, this is another strong cut with some unique vocal moments. Segments here almost have a modern Crimsonish arrangement.
Mr. Zebra
This is a fun, short cut with a vintage sort of sound.
Marianne
This pretty, moody and reflective number features a pretty and lush arrangement, and is really quite effective.
Caught A Lite Sneeze
This is a percussion based number with pop sensibilities. The percussion here sounds a bit Phil Collinsish.
Muhammad My Friend
After a solo piano intro, this is a pretty piano and vocal number.
Hey Jupiter
A beautiful and dramatic piece, this standout cut really builds and delivers.
Way Down
A very brief and odd sort of song, this is a bit bluesy, but definitely a bit in the mode of Kate Bush.
Little Amsterdam
Another that is Bush influenced, this is a progish cut with r & B and blues elements.
Not the Red Baron
This is a pretty piano and vocal based melody.
Agent Orange
Agent Orange is a brief and quirky cut.
Doughnut Song
A pretty and brief piano intro leads to a progish cut. This is a strong cut, that at times features intricate piano work.
In The Springtime of His Voodoo
This bluesy cut has a very nice walking bass line. "Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona, And I`m quite sure I`m in the wrong song." At times this one has some definitely gritty lyrics, and it features a segment that almost feels like an acoustic version of Kiss` Black Diamond.
Putting the Damage On
Another pretty and moody progish ballad, this one has a rather lush arrangement.
Twinkle
This is a moody piano and vocal number.
 
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