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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00076EPQM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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.

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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Scarlet's Walk

Customer Reviews

A few songs which were my least favorite at the first listen, started really growing on me.
This CD is a must for Tori's fans; and if you're not a fan you should do yourself a favor and try this album out for a very good experience.
Matthew G. Sherwin
Barons of Suburbia: Melodically, this sounds too much like "Carbon" to me--and I like Carbon's lyrics better.
Kelly (Fantasy Literature)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Whitmore on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've had this cd for six months, so it is time to sum it up. Sadly, not many positive adjectives come to mind. Sub-par. Clunky. Forced. And yes, self-indulgent.

Many of the tunes are snoozers (Ribbons Undone, Sleeps With Butterflies, Jamaica Inn, Martha's Foolish Ginger), some just don't work lyrically or musically (Power of Orange Knickers, Hoochie Woman) and others are downright lame (Ireland, Cars & Guitars). If I were to "create my own Beekeeper" it would amount to an EP:


Original Sinsuality

Mother Revolution

The Beekeeper

Marys of the Sea

General Joy


The songs I have not mentioned at all could be b-sides. A producer needs to be brought in who can keep her on task and do something about these cheesy arrangements! I find it to be a very "ADD" type album; it's all over the place and most of it doesn't gel.

Scarlett's Walk, say what you will about it. It is mellow and it too is a few songs too long, but the wide majority of the songs on SW flow; you can feel the heart behind them. By and large, no one is home on The Beekeeper. The extensive use of the Fender Rhodes on SW did lend itself to a certain repetitive quality, but the use of an organ, well, it has the potential to create tedium.

I'm a long-time Tori fan and will buy her next album, but I hope she has some new places to go with her music. One more album like this and I may relegate myself to the ranks of former Tori fans.
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81 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maverick on 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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