7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Beekeeper (Audio CD)
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...