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Dead Bees On A Cake by David Sylvian

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Perhaps the finest achievement of David Sylvian's enigmatic career, Dead Bees on a Cake represents a graceful personal and spiritual exploration. Set to a lush, ethereal, engaging bed of distinctive and sophisticated pop arrangements, it combines the best qualities of Sylvian's post-Japan work. Four years in the making, it is artful and tasteful from the opening Bryan Ferry-style ballad "I Surrender" to the bluesy "Midnight Sun" and the delightful "Krishna Blue." There are contributions from sometime collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as a classy, eclectic group of musicians including Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Talvin Singh, and Sylvian's brother, Steve Hansen, but Sylvian is definitely in the fore here. Dead Bees on a Cake will be a surprising discovery for fans of Sade, John Martyn, and the Blue Nile, and it may afford Sylvian overdue recognition as an uncommonly gifted pop composer and singer. --John Sutton-Smith

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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: VIRGIN
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I8UD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T L R on February 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
David Sylvian simply never fails to impress me. Even Darshan, a seeming half-hearted effort (w/ Robert Fripp), has a few moments of brilliance but, Dead Bees on a Cake is a whole different beast all together and harks back to his Brilliant Trees days for it's beauty, restraint, and pervasive ambiance. However, some fans will definitely be disappointed. Gone are the esoteric musings and experimentation. Gone are the cold and bleakness he dabbled in with Gone to Earth and which he immersed himself in with Secrets of the Beehive. Although this effort's intention is inextricably connected with the latter, I believe it to be only to the extent of the exorcism of those proverbial ghosts that David has wailed about these past twenty years and which came to a climax with Secrets of the Beehive. The bees are their secrets are dead indeed.

Like Sade's new album, this one's a long time coming. And also like Sade, you can tell that David has changed. The most apparent aspect reflected in the album is that David is in love. There's a very relaxed and uninhibited quality to the songs where his earlier work, although just as beautiful, seemed to have an edge and somewhat angst ridden. Don't get me wrong, there are some cuts here that hasten one back to previous material but, overall, it is much more accessible in terms of its messages - it seems that Ingrid has brought him much peace. Maybe the "cake" is "love". This effort is much more diverse than anything before - especially stylistically. From the Mississippi delta driven Midnight Sun, (with a wonderful touch of Gil Evan's like brass section), to the exotic, sexy, Hindu inspired Krishna Blue, to the loungy Rhodes chillin' Wanderlust.

Mere words cannot convey how good this album is.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Tesic on August 5, 2002
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I have been a Sylvian fan since forever, but he has exceeded even my very high expectations with this offering. I am only reviewing this now, after I've given it more than a year of listening. It takes time to age on you. I guess not everybody will like this, but if they all would, that would be strange indeed. "Dead Bees on a Cake" has become one of my all-time favourites, alongside Brian Eno's "Ambient 4" and "Apollo Atmospheres Soundtrack", Joy Division's "Closer", and just a couple of others. Definitely something to bring along to a desert island, or to listen to on a deathbed. Strong words indeed, but that's what it does to me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mars Velvet on October 11, 2002
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Despite being a bit obsessed with bees(this album's title, the album SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE, and the song "Pollen Path"), David has at last collected sweet nector and placed it into every song of this magical album.
A mixture of different colors of music such as electronica, world, new age, jazz, and solid songwriting give this album a sweet taste to enjoy and a sweet scent to follow.
Look no furthur than the first song "I Surrender". A rather long piece feauturing an electronica loop and jazz guitar, horn and flute, is a declaration of surrendering the soul to love in only a way David can convey.
"Dobro #1" is a short impromtu aching poem soothed by the twang of the dobro. Makes you want to hear the other numbers he must have done with this instrument! (Two more Dobro songs eventually ended up on the anthology EVERYTHING AND NOTHING).
"Midnight Sun" is an amazing blues inspired creation of wooden rhythms, blues gritty guitar, and a brass ensemble emulating a harsh wind backing David's accusation that "you've stolen the moon"! One of the finest moments on this collection.
"Thailheim" meanders thru what seems like two songs put together like two rivers converging. A merging sound of airy far off music and David's honeyed words.
Other standout tracks include "Krishna Blue", "Shining of Things" (weeping strings are the only backup for David's is unbelievably incredible to hear!!), "All My Mother's Names", the walking gait of "Wanderlust" and the final moment with David on "Darkest Dreaming" brings afternoon to evening.
This is an album carefully crafted with each song supporting the next finishing off with sweet words, inspired music, and of course...bees.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Hernandez on February 27, 2001
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This album was played and shelved in disappointment. I was all excited about his return to the themes and workings of the Secrets of the Beehive and was put off because it didn't live up to its predecessor. Yet a year after I shelved it, I found myself one day hearing it clearly, without expectations.
Though some of the tracks are indulgently long, as is the cd itself, there is a unity in the disparate parts. The main difference between new Sylvian and old Sylvian is that there is less tension present here. The songs are slick and the production is almost overdone. As I think about the songs, not many of the titles speak out. That is because he has gone away from telling stories to evoke a mood and just tries to create a landscape of mood without a story. This is especially seen in the India influenced "Krishna Blue", which is still a nice track. My favorite is actually the Marc Ribot/Sylvian duet of "Dobro #1" which evokes that dark somber mood of Secrets of the Beehive. I now like this album. But it does not evoke the solace and beauty of earlier albums, usually it's just a nice mood piece.
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