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Black Heart Procession
AMORE DEL TRÓPICO
(TOUCH AND GO)

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Itís fitting that Pall Jenkins & Tobias Nathanialís fourth album as Black Heart Procession should open with a 10-second snippet of musical climax titled "The End of Love," because the rest of Amore del Trópico grapples with the standard laundry list of post-relationship neuroses, as almost all of this duoís songs do. Not exactly a prime foundation for an infectious pop album, yet Jenkins and Nathanial have created just that, though itís suffused with the kind of dark moods youíd expect from a band called Black Heart Procession. With the help of no fewer than 12 guest musicians to buttress the bandís original stripped and gloomy sound, Black Heart Procession move on from the deserted atmospheres of their previous releases to much richer musical terrain full of clanging pianos, ominous organs, musical saws, and twangy guitars. The effect is every bit as melancholy and unnerving as the duoís previous work together. But the augmented musical arsenal on Amore del Trópico helps bring out Black Heart Processionís compellingly off-kilter pop sensibility in songs like "Did You Wonder," "Only One Way," and the Latin-tinged title track.

BY JOHN LEFLER

Issue Date: January 2 - 9, 2003
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