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February 1996

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If you want mysterious metaphors, passionate singing, and dramatic piano and harpsichord, Tori Amos is your woman. The title of her lush and heartfelt, Boys for Pele, refers to the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. "I realized I was stealing fire from the men in my life," she quasi-explains. "The album is about the descent of a woman to find her shadow side, the side she suppressed in relationships with men." In plain English, Amos has made a breakup album, and she recorded it in a church in Ireland. "I figured if I was going to claim my passion," she says, "I would go back to the place where I was taught that it was wrong."

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