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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in conjunction with Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, a memoir presented as a think piece co-written with music journalist Ann Powers, Tori Amos' eighth studio album, The Beekeeper, is also is loosely autobiographical, a song cycle that chronicles emotional journeys through metaphorical gardens all tended by the beekeeper protagonist of the title. Good thing that this concept was sketched out in the prerelease publicity, since The Beekeeper offers nothing close to a discernible concept in the album itself. At first, songs appear to spill forward in some sort of narrative, but the liner notes divide the 19 songs into six different groups -- "gardens," if you ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in conjunction with Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, a memoir presented as a think piece co-written with music journalist Ann Powers, Tori Amos' eighth studio album, The Beekeeper, is also is loosely autobiographical, a song cycle that chronicles emotional journeys through metaphorical gardens all tended by the beekeeper protagonist of the title. Good thing that this concept was sketched out in the prerelease publicity, since The Beekeeper offers nothing close to a discernible concept in the album itself. At first, songs appear to spill forward in some sort of narrative, but the liner notes divide the 19 songs into six different groups -- "gardens," if you will -- that have nothing to do with how they're presented on the album, nor do they seem to have many sonic ties, and their lyrical connections are either tenuous or obtuse. Coming after 2002's Scarlet's Walk, whose title and songs clearly communicated its concept, this willful obtuseness might seem to hearken back to Tori's obstinately difficult albums of the mid-'90s, but The Beekeeper is miles away from the clanging darkness of Boys for Pele and From the Choirgirl Hotel. This is a bright, gleaming album that retains its sunny disposition even when the tempos grow slow and the melodies turn moody. Amos even occasionally punctuates her trademark elliptical piano ballads with organ-driven lite-funk -- a move that may alienate longtime fans, who may also balk at the album's highly polished sheen, but one that nevertheless fits well into the general feel of the record, lending it some genuine momentum. If the story line or concepts of the album aren't readily apparent, individual songs make their specific points well, and the record does flow with the grace and purpose of a song suite. 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. But if Little Earthquakes was an album Amos could only have made in her twenties, The Beekeeper is a record perfectly suited for the singer/songwriter in her forties -- a little studied and deliberate, perhaps a shade too classy and consciously literary for its own good, but it's an ambitious, restless work that builds on her past work without resting on her laurels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969369821
  • Catalog Number: 93698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Parasol (3:54)
  2. 2 Sweet the Sting (4:16)
  3. 3 The Power of Orange Knickers (3:36)
  4. 4 Jamaica Inn (4:03)
  5. 5 Barons of Suburbia (5:21)
  6. 6 Sleeps With Butterflies (3:35)
  7. 7 General Joy (4:13)
  8. 8 Mother Revolution (3:58)
  9. 9 Ribbons Undone (4:30)
  10. 10 Cars and Guitars (3:45)
  11. 11 Witness (6:06)
  12. 12 Original Sinsuality (2:02)
  13. 13 Ireland (3:49)
  14. 14 The Beekeeper (6:50)
  15. 15 Martha's Foolish Ginger (4:22)
  16. 16 Hoochie Woman (2:34)
  17. 17 Goodbye Pisces (3:36)
  18. 18 Marys of the Sea (5:11)
  19. 19 Toast (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Garlands
  2. 2 Interview
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tori Amos Primary Artist, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Matt Chamberlain Drums, Hand Clapping
London Community Gospel Choir Background Vocals
Jon Evans Bass, Hammond Organ, Hand Clapping, Upright Bass
Damien Rice Vocals
Mac Aladdin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Chelsea Laird Hand Clapping
Alison Evans Hand Clapping
Kelsey Dobyns Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Mastering
Wayne Hernandez Arranger
Tori Amos Composer, Producer
Mark Hawley Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Marcel VanLimbeek Engineer
Sheri G. Lee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She is Still Tori!!!

    Good thing Tori is still Tori. There is no doubt in the mind that Tori embellishes her happiness with a little bitterness of the world mixed in on this album. She's still got it, and her metiphorical lyrics have never left her voice. What concerns others is that she is not as "hard core" as she used to be. But I disagree. I believe she has grown up and seen more of the world and herself and had a daughter and this album is just anoter step in her life. Every song is a jewel, and no, it is not over produced, I know what over produced sounds like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album....

    This latest CD is just another chapter in the Tori journey, and for those of us who have been listening to her since the beginning it has been a wonderful and raw evolution of music and artistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she is the goddess

    i have been a tori from way back when..she has always had a way with words and a way to creep in just right,so that it touches you somewere deep inside that you never new you had there in the frist place...if you never have heard tori before give it a shot, you can never go worng..every album is it owns treasure..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A bit too polished

    The Beekeeper in all is a very well polished work,and that is exactly what smothers The Beekeeper.No doubt of Tori's talent,I just feel this is not her most passionate expression.I am fond of her Pele era,perhaps reflecting the Christian mythology has given the work this Puritan dead flare.In all it is a nice listen,and overdone.Tori is an artist that I do respect;but just like your friends you can still like them without having to like everything they do.I look forward to more music from Tori,and hope she keeps on with her musical journey.On a positive note Garlands & The Beekeeper are gorgeous songs.Wishing Tori the best!

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