Tori Amos has long been
known as a genius on the piano and a very creative female
vocalist. After a series of successful albums, most
would consider slowing down, savoring the moment and
not taking new risks as venturing into completely new
territory for Amos. Yet, in this 2005 album, we get
to see yet another side of her. Tori explained that,
according the Bible, "The Beekeeper" means
"mother", which is also the central theme
of her album.
This album reveals a more mature and
sensible Tori, with less of the difficult melodies and
high-pitched singing. There is more depth to her music
and vocals, like a reflection of her personal experiences
of motherhood. Hence, the melodies are soft and encompassing
like the love of a mother. The song "Ribbon Undone"
is about the interesting shifts in the emotional states
of mothers and daughters, and Tori expresses it well
through her soft voice and the melodious rhythms. Music-wise,
Tori tried out some different styles this time. "Sweet
The Sting" is bluesy but, with some male vocals
mixed in, creates a rather mysterious atmosphere. "Ireland"
has a rather folksy feel to it, whereas "The Beekeeper"
has a touch of modern experimental electronica. These
vastly different styles help create a rather dream-like
ambience. Yet, combined with Tori's smooth vocals and
the soft steady stream of piano music, a wonderful harmony
is created, reminding one of basking under the afternoon
sun in an exotic little foreign village.