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The Beekeeper

Tori Amos

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Like much of Tori Amos’ work, there’s an alleged concept here somewhere, but even listeners glued to the lyric sheet will be hard-pressed to discern it in Amos’ “Beekeeper.” What is known regarding Tori Amos’ 2005 studio album is that it’s a marathon release – 19 tracks, 80 minutes – that’s as artistically ambitious as any of her releases and sports plenty of peaks. Amos smartly opted for keeping the arrangements minimal, placing emphasis on her piano, honeyed voice and harmony back-ups, creating an album that harkens back to the singer-songwriter era of the early 1970s without slavishly replicating it. Amos is quirkier than Carole King, with lyrics jammed with private symbolism and codes. “Jamaica Inn” could be a Stevie Nicks outtake from Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. “General Joy,” “Ribbons Undone,” and “Cars and Guitars” all feature Amos’ strong, stunning melodicism. “The Power of Orange Knickers” is a respectful duet with Irish singer Damien Rice. She’s a bit rougher with funk; “Witness” is uptight gospel, “Hoochie Woman” casts her as a blues shouter. Amos loves to dress up and assume new identities, keeping it free and fun even when she’s serious and intense.

Customer Reviews

Sweet.

I call this Tori's "maternity album" - The Beekeeper is a mellow and beautiful piece of work with a wonderful concept behind it originating in the Garden of Eden & The womb of a woman. If that makes any sense... This album is probably the brightest of the bunch in beauty, there is barely a hint of Tori Amos' angers & frustrations as with a new kid, new label, smaller tour...she did some spring cleaning mentally and was taking inventory. Or inventori.. The only downside to this album was her Kathie Lee-Gifford esque song "Ribbons Undone" about her daughter who, frankly, does not provide enough interesting fodder to listen about. She has the right to write what she wants...and she will. Which is why we love her, but there's some sappyness leftover from the Bee honey here that makes me hail that one song as Tori's WORST song EVER (before it was "To Venus & Back" 's 'Suede'). But she makes up for it with an engaging title track, and a really sexy "Sweet The Sting" that will have you rocking your hips no matter who you are. Personal pick: Original Sin Also, this album debuts her... Organ.

Good tori

I have seen a couple dim reviews about this album.I started listening to Tori Very young When I was in 6th grade(my older sister would have it blaring from her room).Well im 23 now and I have Heard nearly everything she has recorded in length.While this album is different from her early work that does not mean that it is any less respectable.An Artist writes to reflect their life and what goes on around them.This is a softer album revealing perhaps a softer more mature woman/artist.I like it as much as her other works,but for different reasons.I suggest to the first time listener to listen for yourself and make your own decisions.You wont be disappointed.However DO NOT forget to grab,choirgirl,under the pink and pele' and little Earthquakes.These are staple albums.

Revisit this one

When this album was released there were many who felt it lacked the fire that they'd come to expect from Tori. Now that we've digested and fallen in love with American Doll Posse, come back to The Beekeeper and realise with fresh eyes it's sparkling and melodic beauty. Think of Boys for Pele in relation to say Scarlets Walk, perspecive can lead to fuller appreciation. There are many facets to Tori's songwriting and they don't all have to be filled with angst to take your breath away.

Biography

Born: August 22, 1963 in Newton, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little...
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