The Beekeeper by Tori Amos Reviews and Tracks


The Beekeeper, like practically every Tori Amos album, is steeped with mythology. While Scarlet's Walk looked at America's geography, the next album dives into the country's spiritual split, dubbed the "Culture War" by some reviewers in the press, addressing the Bible's historical censorship.

According to Ann Powers' book Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, she is more than a singer-songwriter; she is "a type of superwoman". Despite this, the album is a decent piece of work, with 19 tracks that fit together into some sort of narrative. You may go as far as you want into the lyrics and musical intellectual challenges.

Here's a complete review of Tori Amos' The Beekeeper' album.

The Record

Tori Amos', The Beekeeper is her eighth studio album released in February 2005. It touches on adultery, death, and emotional struggle and makes a passing connection to ancient Gnostic mysticism. Amos' recordings remained centered on the subject. Through the patriarchal lenses of Christianity, The Beekeeper addressed the structural situation of women's gender role identity.

Amos also divided the songs into several "gardens" based on the lyrics, drawing comparisons between this and the connection between the bee (associated with the goddess), its hive, and its Beekeeper.

Despite Amos' tangled story, the album's lyricism was sharp. Women's experiences with mortality, betrayal, and romance as well as how they were strengthened by them, gained primacy. Amos had made a record comparable to her work on Scarlet's Walk album.

Top Tracks to Listen To

The song "Sleeps with Butterflies" made it to number 2 on the Triple-A Radio chart in the United States. Amos' trademark harmonies are threaded throughout this lovely, dreamy ballad. "Sleeps With Butterflies," which features a soaring and irresistible chorus, deals with the classic Amos subjects of slick love and its final loss.

"The Power of Orange Knickers" has the same sound palette as the previous tracks, but with outstanding songcraft and thought-provoking lyrics, it defies the simplistic instrumentation.

"Toast" has the same safe composition, but its lyrics are rich metaphorically, wonderfully evoking an emotive mood before unleashing one of the album's strongest choruses.

Chart Success

The Beekeeper was her fifth album to debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200. In its first week, The Beekeeper opened at fifth place on the Billboard 200, with sales of 83,000 copies. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for a total of ten weeks before sliding off in late May.


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