- Released: February 22, 2005
- Label: Sony
Entertainment Weekly - No. 808, p.99
"[A]mos keeps the melodies and arrangements relatively pared down and gentle....THE BEEKEEPER is the Tori Amos album for those normally freaked out by Tori Amos..." - Grade: B
Uncut - p.1024 stars out of 5
- "Pre-Raphaelite florid, abstract or frankly sexual, this eclectic epic is her best since '94's UNDER THE PINK."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.924 stars out of 5
- "Amos is exploring lush, steamier textures for her latest album....Here she keeps the mood focused and the music softly funky."
- 2.Sweet the Sting
- 3.The Power of Orange Knickers
- 4.Jamaica Inn
- 5.Barons of Suburbia
- 6.Sleeps With Butterflies
- 7.General Joy
- 8.Mother Revolution
- 9.Ribbons Undone
- 10.Cars and Guitars
- 12.Original Sinsuality
- 14.The Beekeeper
- 15.Martha's Foolish Ginger
- 16.Hoochie Woman
- 17.Goodbye Pisces
- 18.Marys of the Sea
This Limited Edition includes an extended 24-page booklet, a bonus DVD disc which contains the bonus tracks "Garlands" and a Beekeeper seed packet.
Personnel: Tori Amos (vocals, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Damien Rice (vocals); Mac Aladdin (guitar); Jon Evans (bass instrument); Matt Chamberlain (drums); London Community Gospel Choir, Kelsey Dobyns (background vocals).
Like Tori Amos's previous studio album, SCARLET'S WALK, THE BEEKEEPER is a largely stripped-down affair that places emphasis on the singer's heavily conceptual lyrics and supple voice. The basic backing band from the former disc returns, and the musicians' ease with Amos's music gives the record a relaxed, natural feel.
Throughout, the music is melodic, inviting, and sometimes even danceable. "Sweet the Sting" mixes church organ with an old-school soul beat and Latin percussion, resulting in a track that has less in common with Amos's usual overt sexuality and more with Barry White-style make-out music. "Sleeps with Butterflies" is a gently jazzy soft-rocker, while "Jamaica Inn" recalls the deceptively dark folkiness of Nick Drake. Lyrically, the album draws heavily from ancient religious texts, with an emphasis on women's role in Christianity a la THE DA VINCI CODE. One of Amos's most reflective albums, THE BEEKEEPER is also one of her most intensely thought-provoking outings.