The Beekeeper - Tori Amos

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. It's an album that's unlikely to yield any massive hits, but like that other iconic singer songwriter, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos has survived initial success to end up in a place where she has the space to do exactly what she likes in pretty much the only way she seems to know how.
  2. You can delve as deeply into the lyrics and musical brain-teasers as you like, but there's plenty of surface allure for anyone who just fancies a superficial graze.
  3. As a cohesive work, The Beekeeper holds together better than nearly any of Tori's more ambitious albums, but there's a certain artsy distance that keeps this from being as emotionally immediate or as memorable as her first two records.
  4. Many of these underwritten, underproduced tunes sound as if Amos could have composed them in the supermarket express lane.
  5. Her effort is continuously admirable, but what is frustrating about The Beekeeper is the music itself: it’s almost formulaic, including even the token song that displays a powerful sense of womanhood.
  6. Somewhere in here, there's a lovely, compact, cohesive little album. It just takes a little too much digging to find it.
  7. The realisation is obvious: a happy, contented, motherly Tori Amos is as irrelevant, sterile, and airbrushed as her face is on the cover of this album. Tori: it’s over.
  8. The Beekeeper returns the quirky singer to the same whimsical terrain of 1992's Little Earthquakes, but with much stronger storylines, and a much more assured and nuanced voice.
  9. Her most down-to-earth album in years, because Ms. Amos has decided she doesn't have to pack every impulse into every song. Sometimes, now, a simple melody and a steady groove are enough. [21 Feb 2005]
  10. Tori Amos delivers some of the most accessible music of her career, coupled with beautifully obscure lyrics.
  11. The Beekeeper meanders too much to be riveting in the way Scarlet's Walk is.
  12. The Beekeeper suffers from too much of the glossy stuff that floats on top, and too little foundation on which to keep itself grounded.
  13. Mainly there's either promising melodies (the "Crucify"-aping "Parasol") ruined by cringe-y lyrics, or decent lyrical ideas executed like a Yoplait commercial. ("This is sooo good." "Pirates good!" Cue bongos.)
  14. Floats by without stirring much interest.
  15. She's been de-emphasizing hysterics for a while now, and here she mostly sings prettily, but still powerfully. [6 Mar 2005]
  16. 80
    She keeps the mood focused and the music softly funky. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  17. 80
    Amos has never been in rangier voice. [Mar 2005, p.102]
  18. For every riveting set piece... there are meandering nonentities such as the title track. [Mar 2005, p.98]
  19. 40
    If shards of symbolist vision and baroque virtuosity remain, they're smoothed out on the beekeeping tip, avoiding any sharp stings, leaving barely a spoonful of honey. [Apr 2005, p.112]
  20. The Beekeeper is the Tori Amos album for those normally freaked out by Tori Amos. [25 Feb 2005, p.99]
  21. 50
    Flat... only a few songs flirt with her previous brilliance. [Apr 2005, p.102]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 70
  2. Negative: 7 out of 70
  1. Dec 2, 2013
    If Little Earthquakes is a perfect 10 album, than this is about an 8. It is a good record, and i am glad i bought it. Toris voice is so nice,and her singing is playful. She makes me compare here with Kate Bush, and i must say she dont stand back from Kate. Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2013
    Not as good as her previous or subsequent efforts. Some of the songs are bland (Sweet the Sting, Parasol), some have tacky lyrics (Barons of Suburbia) and tacky titles (Martha's Foolish Ginger, The Power of Orange Knickers) while the lyrics on others are uninspired and clichéd (Sleeps with Butterflies, Ireland). Still, there are songs that still have the flare and emotion Tori is known for. The beautiful ballad Toast is an incredible closer, while the, unfortunately, bonus track Garlands comes 2nd place to Toast, and has more quality than every other song on the album. Full Review »
  3. Zentherapy
    Aug 23, 2008
    I used to be a huge fan before this mess of an album. After the quiet energy of Scarlet's Walk... this, and an eyelift. Tori became the parody of herself, and things didn't get better with ADP, unfortunately. Full Review »