Coven Klatsch

Some people can't take ToriAmos, which is fine--but they shouldn't blame her for it

Beyond tortured love affairs, Amos' father--and, by extension, patriarchy in general--plays easy target yet again on Pele (the subject is becoming a bit bullet-riddled): "Starfucker just like my daddy/Selling his baby/Gonna strike a deal/Make him feel like a congressman." Amos even takes Henry VIII to task on the horn-drenched "Talula." Several organized religions also get the usual--"Father Lucifer" is a sure Christian Coalition pleaser, and one hopes Amos considered Salman Rushdie before releasing "Muhammad My Friend."

At 70 minutes long, Boys for Pele is self-indulgent, but not to a fault. Tori Amos just had a lot to say this afternoon, much of it empowered-girl rap and stream-of-consciousness poetry with a charmingly female sensibility. Guys can listen in, but not so easily identify, and few of them will get the joke of the scandalous shot of a pig suckling Tori's breast amid the inside art. It's clear after listening to Pele that the boys Amos has in mind in her title are not some sort of booster club for the mythical fire goddess who inhabited the crater of Kilauea--a real volcano on the island of Hawaii--but the sacrificial fodder for her appeasement. Burn me, goddess.--David Holthouse

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