You can find a review of The Beekeeper in the February 20, 2005 edition of The Observer newspaper in the U.K. Click to read.
Many thanks to Danny Weddup for sending this to The Dent. You can read this review online at www.guardian.co.uk or below:
The Beekeeper (Sony/BMG)
Value for money is never an issue with Tori Amos. Her eighth album squeezes 19 tracks on to one 80-minute CD - happy trails for fanatics but hard going for the dilettante, especially with the promise of a new Kate Bush album later this year. Somewhere in the voluminous folds of this album lurks a pretty good record, one that veers between styles and personae and makes good use of the vintage raunch of a Hammond organ. A number of the songs here are the most cogent Amos has produced in a decade. But there is considerable material to skirt along the way. Slightly newsworthy is 'The Power of Orange Knickers', a frilly duet with a barely-there Damien Rice; 'Marys of the Sea', meanwhile, sees Amos try her hand at Gaelic. Of the better tracks, 'Sweet is the Sting' is humid and louche and 'Witness' is a gospel-inflected, Hammond-drenched surprise. There are 'carnivorous vegetarians', petticoats, terrorists and poisons dotted around, emphasising Amos's broad thematic palette; you just wish she'd use it with more focus.