TORI AMOS - THE BEEKEEPER (2005)
There was a garden in the beginning Before the fall Before Genesis There was a tree there A tree of knowledge Sophia would insist You must eat of this
(I’m, like, all bummed out on cold medicine so this isn’t as organized as I’d like it to be probably but… I’m posting it)
Due to sheer length, The Beekeeper takes a lot of time and effort to get into. And I’m not gonna lie—Tori smirking at me like that from the cover was never exactly encouraging. But even though I still don’t quite understand it as a concept album, I’m with its mission. The organ’s my favorite instrument, and the way that Tori uses it, intertwines it with the piano, both accommodates and reinterprets her style with it is divine. Along with other additions like the choral parts, it opens up an entirely new rhythm in her music.
It’s home to some of Tori’s most inventive, or at least most unparalleled work: “Barons of Suburbia,” with its steady buildup from apparent tameness to resolution; "Witness," which, performed with the gospel choir, is one of the most intense Tori songs while being incredibly groovy; "The Beekeeper," with its flowering bass and trip-hop beat; "Marys of the Sea," circling around in piano and organ with sweet percussion; "Sweet the Sting," with a sexy r&b vibe…
Whether you see it in a good way or in a bad way, The Beekeeper is unlike anything else Tori’s ever done. I’m a little sad that it has a bad reputation, seeing how long it turned me away from it. Really, it’s a consummate Tori album, and wholly underrated. Listen to it!