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Review of The Beekeeper from The Observer newspaper in the U.K.
February 20, 2005

Updated Sun, Feb 20, 2005 - 3:13pm ET

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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.

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Kitty Empire

Tori Amos
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.

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