The Beekeeper - Tori Amos
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter returns with her first album of original material in three years, a conceptual work centering on the title character, with its 19 songs divided into six thematic "gardens." Damien Rice guests on one track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 80
    Amos has never been in rangier voice. [Mar 2005, p.102]
  3. 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.
  4. Tori Amos delivers some of the most accessible music of her career, coupled with beautifully obscure lyrics.
  5. For every riveting set piece... there are meandering nonentities such as the title track. [Mar 2005, p.98]
  6. The Beekeeper suffers from too much of the glossy stuff that floats on top, and too little foundation on which to keep itself grounded.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. ArmenS
    Feb 27, 2005
    10
    Beauty is evident here in many layers.
  2. PaulaK
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    I have been following Tori for years. This album is fabulous. The only down fall is that it doesn"t have any big new edge to it. But she has done that for years! I like this album because it is lyrically Beautiful. He vocals are sharp, moving, ON KEY and full of life and every emotion she feels. That is what I love about Tori. I am always transcended to a new place when I give her a listen! Expand
  3. TonyW.
    Aug 5, 2007
    10
    At it's worst, on this album Tori's voice is beautiful and the songs have attractive melodies. At its best it makes my hair stand on end. If she has 'sold out' here then i for one am grateful, cos i didn't get a lot of the obscure other stuff; but i don't think we've seen everything yet. Collapse
  4. BradleyM
    Feb 24, 2005
    9
    beautifully crafted, soul baring, a great album, one of her best
  5. JoyB
    Mar 10, 2005
    8
    I did not like this "happier Tori" at first, but giving this album, as well as Scarlets Walk, a chance was the best thing I've ever done. I love Barons of Suburbia. Expand
  6. StefanoR
    Feb 26, 2005
    7
    Maybe too long
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 2, 2006
    0
    tori amos has broken my heart. a once brilliant artist has now reduced herself to that of singing waitress on your birthday.

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