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The Beekeeper

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Queen Bee of Artsy Pop Concocts a Sweet Album

    Once the angry darling of yesterday's innovative, piano driven alternative rock now strangely belongs with the likes of adult contemporary alumni, John Mayer and Sarah McLachlan. The softer side of Tori began a few years ago with her last album, "Scarlet's Walk," and perhaps it comes with age, too. Despite this, Ms. Amos offers a delicate but delectable album with, "The Beekeeper." The concept may not gel together as well as it did with the travelogue on "Scarlet's Walk," but on lush soundscapes like, "Jamaica Inn," "Martha's Foolish Ginger," "Goodbye Pisces," and "Marys of the Sea," Tori hasn't sounded more stunning since "Under the Pink." A few other gems include, "Mother Revolution," the catchy and fun, "Cars and Guitars", and the title track, a techno tinged, seven minute trip to the underground. And who can resist the typical Tori quirkiness of "The Power of Orange Knickers," a duet with Damien Rice? Overall, the album feels bloated at 19 songs and could have been more effective if pared down to a dozen instead. Most notably, the sentimental, "Ribbons Undone," the light-hearted, "Ireland", and the throwaway bar song, "Hoochie Woman," could have been left as B-sides. With that said, it leaves the album feeling uneven. This is certainly not Tori's best, but it's not her worst either. Lyrically, she hasn't been this direct since "Little Earthquakes" but maintains enough mystery to please die-hard fans. Her fascination with Mary Magdalene continues as she frequently peppers songs with Biblical references, approaching it from her unique feminist viewpoint. No longer the confessional, victimized priestess of dark pop, Tori burns bright with a newfound maturity and contentment that probably can be attributed to her marriage with sound engineer, Mark Hawley, the birth of her now four year old daughter, Natashya, and the fact that she is over 40. Despite this, she is still an acquired and original taste, which brings me to the conclusion that you can't guzzle "The Beekeeper" down in one gulp. You need to sip it and let it simmer inside you before you can fully enjoy it. Bottomline is, you'll want to be stung again and again.

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