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David Sylvian


Crossover Prog

4.13 | 191 ratings

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3 stars Secrets of the Beehive is a tranquil half hour of light progressive pop music. The husky lead vocals provide an agreeable contrast with the minimalistic and feathery instrumentation. Despite its brevity, the album can get sleepy and less engaging toward the end; it is dreamy and inoffensive throughout. In sum, Secrets of the Beehive is darkly sweet but lacks sting.

"September" A quiet, piano-led opener introduces the listener to Sylvian's hushed vocal style and mellowness.

"The Boy with the Gun" Sylvian's gently hoarse voice drifts over a thudding double bass and calm symphonic textures.

"Maria" "Maria" is a swirling, hypnotic bit of music.

"Orpheus" An acoustic pop song in 3/4 time makes up the fourth track.

"The Devil's Own" Quiet piano is juxtaposed with tranquil singing that leads into a lovely, more orchestral passage.

"When Poets Dreamed of Angels" The primary instrument here is the classical guitar, which provides several plucked sections that complement the vocals well.

"Mother and Child" More of a smoky vocal jazz number, this one has Sylvian crooning over an almost lonely bass. Some lead piano adds further jazzy textures.

"Let the Happiness In" An unassuming song consisting of atmospheric pads and hand percussion, this piece contrasts with the others by virtue of some tasteful trumpet in the backdrop.

"Waterfront" Again, this is a pleasant piece of music, but the quietude may be too much for the album.

Epignosis | 3/5 |


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