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The Beekeeper
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on 25 August 2007
Following on from the low-key brilliance of 2002's 'Scarlet's Walk', 2005's 'The Beekeeper' showcases Tori in great form. The album is book ended by two moving depictions of grief. 'Parasol' -the opener- deals with the initial shock, with the knowledge of the suffering to come. The concept of imagining herself a photo safe in a frame is ingenious. While 'Toast' -which closes the album- is a remembrance for a loved one who has passed away. For those who like Tori the tortured artist, it's worth pointing out that rarely has her voice conveyed more naked pain than on this sublime song.
'Sweet The Sting' and 'Witness' feature the backing of a choir which gives Tori the free rein to strut vocally to great effect. While 'The Power Of Orange Knickers' has delightfully playful lyrics it also reminds of the futility of anyone trying to harmonize with Tori (except Tori herself of course!).
'Jamaica Inn' is a wonderful little gem, it brings the Cornish-where Tori lives-coastline vividly to life cleverly connecting issues of trust with long ago piracy. 'Sleeps With Butterflies' is an upbeat and surprisingly poppy tune that features Tori harmonizing with herself beautifully (the video for it is truly wonderful too!). 'Ribbons Undone' is the sound of Tori finally coming full circle from the daughter/father angst of 'Winter' to this loving and moving take on her role as mother and the daughter SHE now has. You can't play this song too often - the emotional charge is so powerful, yet it's rooted in joy rather than pain.'Ireland' is a travelogue conceit which offers nothing new but the journey is entertaining nevertheless. 'Original Sinsuality' and 'Mary Of The Sea' return to Tori's redefinition of religion first expressed on 'Muhammad My Friend' circa 1996. The title track is a stirring confidant track and -like a fair few of Tori's songs- I have no idea what it's about!
The only downside to this otherwise brilliant album is the inclusion of a few lesser tracks that are unnecessary; can someone tell Tori that you DON'T have to fill up the CD to make an album good! Don't be put off by some poor reviews, this is a great album which all long time Tori fans will cherish.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2005
I know that this has divided opinion for many Tori Amos fans, but I would like to point out that this is an album of growers, you will probably not appreciate many on the first listen, but do persevere, because some tracks are phenomenal. For instance, the title track, seems very unpleasant on the first listen, but if you do let it grow, it is wonderful, very poignant and beautiful.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2005
With every will in the world I wanted to love this album, I really needed this album; I've tried, and tried again, but, as with Scarlet's Walk and Strange Little Girls, I hate to say it, but I'm bored. Tori Amos does emotion like no other - she took off Kate Bush's mantle and shook it to a new level, innovative, exciting, demanding. I worry for anyone who is introduced to Tori through this album, unless they have insomnia. It's sweet, and bland, a gorgeously lifeless affair. Where are the sweeping cresendos of Venus and Choirgirl, the introspection of Pele? This is safe playing at its worst.
Still, it's Tori, and I love her, I love what she used to be, love her for providing a soundtrack to my life, but I'm simply not this middle aged. I don't have a coffee table. I'm not a fan of dilution and several tracks here simply wash forgettably over me: but there is, just, enough to keep me happy, for now; but I won't be tempted by reputation again. For me this is her last chance - it's been all downhill since Venus and Tori, you can do, I hope you can do better than this...
It's a smooth, sugared almond monotone, meandering aimlessly beautifully but never quite getting there - you know what I mean - a comfortably tempting box of chocolates where every one turns out to be an orange creme...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have been a fan of Tori now for some time and what I love about her music is that every album she releases offers something new. THE BEEKEEPER does not disappoint. Her previous album, SCARLET'S WALK was often criticised for being too 'happy' and she is often criticised for producing albums which are too long. Personally I loved SCARLET'S WALK and I also love THE BEEKEEPER. While her music may have changed - both of these albums are nowhere near as dark as BOYS FOR PELE or FROM THE CHOIRGIRL HOTEL - however they are still very clever songs which can still get a point across. In "Goodbye Pisces" for example, she sings "There you go again Breaking/ Breaking porcelain/ Is that all I am just a Doll you got used to".
Some of my favopurite songs are "Sleeps with Butterflies", "Cars and Guitars", "Sweet the Sting", "The Power of Orange Knickers" and "Ribbons Undone".
I think the problem a lot of people have with Tori is that her music style is so original some of her songs can be harder to understand. While you can put your own interpretation onto the songs you hear, I like this edition of THE BEEKEEPER as it includes a bonus DVD which has an interview with Tori, where she discusses some of the songs on the album.
If you are new to her music, I would suggest starting with LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, UNDER THE PINK or SCARLET'S WALK (SCARLET'S WALK was actually the album which converted myself). If however you are already a fan, then what are you waiting for?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2005
I have to say that I have read a lot of reviews and they all seem to say that this album is a far cry from "Boys" or "Choirgirl" and I have to say that I agree but, I LOVE this album.
Tori is a soul searcher and this has always been forefront in her music, but as her life as evolved so has her music. In the days of "boys" and Choirgirl" she was dealing with 3 miscarriages and her music was definately darker.
Now she is living in Cornwall with Husband and Tash, and all in all I beleive that her driving force is now her family and this is relflected in the music. She is a woman who at 41 has given 8 fantastic albums, and one very insightful autobiography, all of which have been a rollercoaster through her thoughts and emotions. With tracks like Parasol, Ribbons Undone, Hoochie Woman, Toast and The Power of Orange Knickers (what a fantastic name for a song!) who can disagree.
I think that this is the most mature and grounded album to date. She always has been, and I am sure will continue to be, in my top 5 rated artists!
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on 14 October 2008
It's taken a little bit of time for me to appreciate this album. I've had it since it first came out, and i thought it was ok, but a bit run of the mill. Recently though... i can't stop listening to it. I think its just as good as Sort of Fairy tale, which has been by far my favorate Tori album since it's release.

I feel it's more grown up than the earlier stuff and i don't really care about this confusing "beekeeper, honey etc" story line.

Some great songs and great melodies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2013
Love the songs of Tori Amos although got bored by the end of the album. Worth buying for 'the power of orange knickers'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When I saw that The Beekeeper was due for release, I pre-ordered it from Amazon immediately and I have to say that I think it is one of her best yet.

This is not another 'Scarlet's Walk' but it still differs in style from some of her earlier work. Every single track on this album is good. There are some experimental tracks on here but they still work and keep the album interesting which is of course the main thing.

Highlights for me include the opening three tracks, Parasol, Sweet the Sting and The power of orange knickers. Additional favourites include Cars and Guitars, Toast and ofcourse The Beekeeper track itself.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2005
The album is very different from anything tori has done before, yet not filled with anger and angst like previous ablums you get the sense that tori has almost mellowed that little more. there are still experimental songs on the album THE BEEKEEPER,MARY'S OF THE SEA,THE POWER OF ORANGE KNICKERS,HOOCHIE WOMAN. there is not a song on the album that does her any disjustice at all this is a must, for any tori fan. each song flows well telling a story then the next complementing the previous. each instrument used in the songs sounds as though alot of thought has gone into the make up and choosing of the right insruments to compliment each other.there are harmonies and overlays more like "LITTLE EARTHQUAKES" with 19 tracks is rare each song is as equally as great as the last. The album is NOT heavily produced as some articles have claimed, simply a work of a highly talented singer, song writer who will, with no doubt contiue to produce albums which are better than the last.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2005
i have loved tori amos since the first single release from little earthquakes and listening to this album brings tears to my eyes for all the wrong reasons. where has the tori we all know and love gone? in her place is a bland, cloying, middle of the road shadow - not someone i would recognise from listening to her earlier albums. in fact, after listening to this first time i had to play 'under the pink' to remind me what she is really capable of.
her voice is there, but with non of the intensity of previous works. the piano is buried under some of the most twee production to be found this side of a dido album. the tunes somehow fail to distinguish themselves from each other even after several listenings. you know it's a tori album but somehow you can't bring yourself to believe it.
i bought this album because i believe that tori is one of the greatest musicians of recent times, and even this effort (or lack of it) won't change that, but i was saddened that i can't bring myself to enthuse about even a single track. listening to tori's recent live work shows that she is still one of the most exciting live performers around but somehow she decides not to transfer this into her studio work.
i would still advise all tori fans to have a listen to this. i was surprised that everyone else seems to like it and i'm glad to hear that they didn't feel the same sense of disappointment as me. i just feel that the edge has come off of a lady who once took us all to somewhere we had never been before and dropped us back exhausted but exhilirated. let's hope that her next album is something to get excited about...
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