A review of The Beekeeper was posted to the Canadian web site popjournalism.com on March 6, 2005. They only gave the album 2 stars out of 5.
Many thanks to John Farther for pointing this review out to me. I strongly disagree with the review, but still wanted to post it. You can read it online at popjournalism.com or below:
REVIEWED BY ROBERT BALLANTYNE
POSTED ON MARCH 6, 2005
2 stars out of 5
Tori Amos has become boring. Ever since she signed a new record deal with Epic, she's smoothed down her trip-hop edges and vocal quirks and traded them in to become a bland adult contemporary balladeer. With 2002's bloated and wispy Scarlet's Walk, her first Epic album, only one track, "Pancake," sounded distinctly Tori, (what other artist could make the animalistic groan of "Paaaaancaaaaake" an unforgettable hook?). Now, with her latest, The Beekeeper, Amos seems intent on taking over lite FM stations -- the same audience that considers Leeza Gibbons a radio icon. Still, when taken in small doses, "Sleeps with Butterflies" is sweet and "Ireland" bobs along nicely. But why is the formerly unpredictable and genius Amos wasting her time creating this indistinct fluff? If she begins her tour with a cover of Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch" without it being a joke, then all hope is officially lost. (Epic)