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Title:
Secrets of the beehive
Author:
Sylvian, David.
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Publication Information:
[England] : Virgin Records, [2003]

â„—2003
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released in 1987.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
September -- The boy with the gun -- Maria -- Orpheus -- The devil's own -- When poets dreamed of angels -- Mother and child -- Let the happiness in -- Waterfront -- Promise (The cult of Eurydice).
UPC:
724359131023
Format :
Music CD

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Streamlining the muted, organic atmospheres of the previous Gone to Earth to forge a more cohesive listening experience, Secrets of the Beehive is arguably David Sylvian's most accessible record, a delicate, jazz-inflected work boasting elegant string arrangements courtesy of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Impeccably produced by Steve Nye, the songs are stripped to their bare essentials, making judicious use of the synths, tape loops, and treated pianos which bring them to life; Sylvian's evocative vocals are instead front and center, rendering standouts like "The Boy With the Gun" and the near-hit "Orpheus" -- both among the most conventional yet penetrating songs he's ever written -- with soothing strength and assurance. ~ Jason Ankeny