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The Beekeeper

Tori AmosAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Parasol (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sweet the Sting (Album Version)Tori Amos 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Power of Orange Knickers (Album Version)Tori Amos Featuring Damien Rice 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jamaica Inn (Album Version)Tori Amos 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Barons of Suburbia (Album Version)Tori Amos 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sleeps With Butterflies (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. General Joy (Album Version)Tori Amos 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mother Revolution (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ribbons Undone (Album Version)Tori Amos 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cars and Guitars (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Witness (Album Version)Tori Amos 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Original Sinsuality (Album Version)Tori Amos 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ireland (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Beekeeper (Album Version)Tori Amos 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Martha's Foolish Ginger (Album Version)Tori Amos 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Hoochie Woman (Album Version)Tori Amos 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Goodbye Pisces (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Marys of the Sea (Album Version)Tori Amos 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Toast (Album Version)Tori Amos 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Tori Amos has an extraordinary fan base. It’s not unusual to hear her listeners explain how a song changed their life, through its ability to alter perspective and heal. Or even that a song might have saved their life. Since the release of her debut Little Earthquakes 20 years ago in 1992, where she smashed apart boundaries with her piano rock and raw, confessional poetry, Amos continues ... Read more in Amazon's Tori Amos Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00076EPQM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After Scarlet's Walk, Tori Amos' 2002 ambitious sonic travelogue that took her to all 50 states, penning love letters to America along the way, the fiery earth-sprite has fashioned another high-minded concept album, tying her 19 songs--and one not-so-hidden track--into a garden motif that's part a retelling of Alice In Wonderland, another A Little Shop of Horrors. The Beekeeper chronicles her rather autobiographical protagonist's journey through what seems to be an overgrown labyrinth of the subconscious as she experiences a series of life-altering events and emotions. In addition, living in Cornwall for the past decade has certainly had an effect on Amos, she even takes inspiration from Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Jamaica Inn, which takes place on that rugged seacoast, but the greatest change is the grit in her voice; on a song like "Hoochie Woman," she sounds like she's channeling Chrissie Hynde--a welcome change from some of the preciousness of her earlier work. She also surprises with the steely, eloquent resolve on a song like "Goodbye Pisces" one of the better break-up songs in recent memory. 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. Her best yet. --Jaan Uhelszki

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On songs like "Sweet the Sting," "Sleeps with Butterflies," and "Ribbons Undone," Tori incorporates vintage organs, Afro-Cuban drums and Gospel choirs, working once again with longtime partners, drummer Matt Chamberlain and bassist Jon Evans.

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81 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amos Reaches New Heights With 'The Beekeeper' February 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With her newest creation, "The Beekeeper," Tori Amos has proven herself an ever-evolving musical force, never content to rest on her laurels or stick to a tried-and-true formula. With the lengthy collection of 19 tracks, separated into six themed 'gardens', the CD runs 80 minutes long and is full of both quality lyrics and intriguing subject matter where the red-haired pianist delves into the biblical history, ancient myths and the relationship between parent and child that transcends death and the passing of time.

The disc begins with one of her sharpest opening tracks, "Parasol," a tale concerning deep shock of betrayal. "The Power of Orange Knickers," which features vocals by singer/songwriter Damien Rice, finds Amos articulating betrayal on a grander scale, likening each human soul to a terrorist in the sense that we obliterate our innermost truths:

"Can somebody tell me now/Who is this terrorist/Those girls that smile kindly/Then rip your life to pieces?/Can somebody tell me now/Who is this terrorist/This little pill in my hand/That keeps the pain laughing?"

In "Marys of the Sea" Amos waxes on the largely unknown biblical story of Mary Magdelene, a recurring theme in her music, chronicling her journey after fleeing Jerusalem to the south of France, while opening herself off to fear in the context of Irish mythology with one of her most luxurious melodies yet, "Jamaica Inn.
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93 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught by The Beekeeper--and that's fine! February 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Tori Amos has again released yet another CD that has beautiful depth, meaning, heart and soul. Although certainly everyone will have their preferences as to which songs they really like on this nineteen (yes, nineteen) track album, there is no doubt that she is progressing both in her vocal abilities as well as her ability of expression. Obviously, her voice was always something special; but what excites me is that she is still progressing and I love to see that in an artist. More proof she's progressing: a Hammond B3 organ has been added into the musical arrangement! Also look for Kelsey Dobyns on background vocals.

Do I have a favorite song on this CD? Actually, I have more than one favorite. I just couldn't set aside only one song as "the" best in my opinion. For one thing, I really liked "Hoochie Woman," Here Tori perfectly captures the personality she sings about and the arrangement is very, very good! "Goodbye Pisces" is an awesome song about the feelings you can have when ending a romance. Tori also does a duet with Damien Rice entitled "The Power of Orange Knickers;" while certainly this is an unusual song title (!) their voices compliment each others' perfectly and it sounds beautiful. "Parasol" is deep with anger yet so typical of the person who's conflicted about letting out the anger. "Sweet the Sting" is sexy but I personally thought she sang it somewhat romantically, so for me personally the song works on more than one level. Finally, the CD concludes with "Toast," a song sprung out of her brother's recent death. Not only does Tori deal with her pain by writing about it she bravely shares her pain with her audience. Anybody who has ever lost a loved one (and that's almost everyone) can identify with this hurt.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the old time fan of Tori July 29, 2005
By Lena
Format:Audio CD
I have always like Tori Amos, but her last few albums have lacked her dark angst and haunting lyrics. They seem to lack inspiration and drive, and this album is really no different. Some of the songs are catchy, but they all sound poppy, almost a hip-hop feel.

The album seems formulaic and Top 40-esque. Most devout fans of Tori have followed her because she was different, intelligent, and dark. Now, she seems to have followed Liz Phair and Jewel. What a disappointment. All you old time Torie fans, stick with her old albums and forget To Venus and Back and The BeeKeeper. Its not worth your time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On this album, Tori's incandescent spell just fades away. November 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Maverick = a massive Tori fan; Tori = my no. 1.

I was really looking forward to this album, and I read a few "professional" reviews which suggested that this is Tori returning "back to her roots". I understand artists can't really return back to their roots because obviously they are not the same person as before. I love Tori [full stop]. But this record doesn't really do it for me. One reviewer said she should stop making 'conceptual' records and stop her kooky lyricism. I agree with the latter, her lyricism is indeed individualistic, but these days it does get a bit kooky and indecipherable; though I do remember in "Space Dog" off "Under the Pink" I never knew what she was talking about, yet I managed to feel the emotions it was deliberating. It seems on this CD she doesn't sing with that passion or fire, but instead a dull sort of tone, and sometimes, her voice - though unique and indeed a singer, does get 'annoying' -throaty and dry.

"Parasol" does start off the album in a promising manner, but when she gets to "Barons of Suburbia" -an intriguing title - but indecipherable content; I don't know what she's talking about. I do like her 'conceptual' albums and her concepts, but that is only half of a composition, it's the ability to use that concept and put it into practice. With "Barons of Suburbia" -she accoridng to an interview, seemingly discusses early Christian patriarchal politics with a modern-day Bush-reigning govt; yet the message nor the emotions do not come through. Tori has always been a feminist, I like that, I find it inspiring and quite a turn on. I was very excited by the concept of "The Beekeeper" yet I am perplexed, and I have been a Tori fan for quite awhile, and am also a poet myself. [not a dolly poet]!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if not as good as Scarlet's Walk
Some very good material here, I like "Parasol", "Sweet the Sting", "The Power of Orange Knickers", and "Sleeps with Butterflies" - the rest is... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album
The Beekeeper is my favorite album by Tori Amos. Which isn't easy to say since she has so many great ones. But this is an album that finds it's way to my CD player often. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ralph A Perrini
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical songs of the sacred bees
This CD is my very favorite of Tori Amos. It was inspired by Her
reading the book : The Shamanic way of the Bee. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rev. Donna M. Swindells
5.0 out of 5 stars the beekeeper
One of toris Best cds ever! Sleeps with butterflies has a sweet slow lullaby sort of melody. I often listen to this cd when I'm about to go to bed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvestigation of an Underappreciated Gem
I originally bought this album the morning it was released. Initially, I was in the camp of listeners disillusioned by its softness and yearned to hear the Tori Amos I fell in love... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Canoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori Amos is amazing
I love Tori!! Her style grows with each album. This one has a couple of duds..but it's worth it for all of the fantastic songs.
Published 8 months ago by rysmomma
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
My first listening to for this album. Very satisfactory. Not bad at all. For a Tori Amos fan, this is an album to have.
Published 13 months ago by Cori M Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very long, and every song is good
One of the things I love about Tori Amos is that in addition to being an incredibly talented artist, she doesn't usually skimp on her albums. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mad Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Tori returns...and she has seeds
The Beekeeper just like most of the rest of Tori's studio albums will take several listens for the listener to get into it, but it's worth it. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by pork turtle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
From the first album I was interested in Tori's music for its innovative style and poetry. This is one of her best achievements, including the haunting title song. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Thomas A Nagy
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