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Dead Bees on a Cake [MINIDISC]

David Sylvian Mini-Disc
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more ... Read more in Amazon's David Sylvian Store

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Dead Bees on a Cake [MINIDISC] + Secrets Of The Beehive + Gone To Earth
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  • Mini-Disc (1 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004WPIV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As others have mentioned previously, Dead Bees on a Cake was Sylvian’s long-awaited follow up to the near masterpiece Secrets of the Bee Hive, as well as a spiritual and sensual ode to his wife and muse Ingrid Chavez... It is the combination of these disparate factors that accounts for the wavering, dreamlike quality that the songs possess, with Sylvian never sticking to one style... always moving, experimenting and re-examining the music that came before. It can be inconsistent listen to an infuriating degree; though songs like I Surrender, Midnight Sun and Café Europa more than justify the price of admission.
Things kick of in a grand fashion with the nine and a half-minute epic I Surrender, in which Sylvain paints a portrait of inner-city life and love with the sounds of metropolitan jazz. The result is pitched somewhere between early Miles Davis, Tom Waits and even shades of Chris Rea, though with the trademark Sylvian touch of impassive, moody vocals and swirling, nocturnal lyrics elevating it beyond the realms of the MOR top-forty. Dobro #1 and Midnight Sun are both densely atmospheric Americana retreads, with Sylvian not sounding too far from M. Ward on his End of Amnesia LP, as he spins his lyrics over a strangely timeless bed of instrumentation, which could have easily been recorded one-hundred years ago...
Other standout tracks include the mournful Shining of Things, which looks back to the melancholic string arrangements found on Beehive, and the jazz-tinged travelogue (and aforementioned) Café Europa, in which Sylvian’s lyrics are like Dylan’s on Blonde on Blonde; mixing epic narrative rumination with surreal bursts of profound poetry.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Dead bees on a cake'is the first solo LP proper from Sylvian since 'Secrets on the Beehive'. It has elements from all his previous solo incarnations, possibly even a bit of Japan. It also has some new influences- Ged Lynch's drum'n'bass inflected percussion, Talvin Singh's percussive presence, Ingrid Chavez's vocals (the b-side 'Whose trip is this?' demonstrates what a lovely voice she has- could someone reissue her Paisley Park LP? Oh, and she wrote 'Justify My Love'- before Lenny Kravitz sold her out to Madonna!)and the return of classic Sylvian collaborators: Steve Jansen and Ryuichi Sakamoto. This album is closer to a double LP in length- Sylvian seems to want to present an eclectic blend of styles (to makeup for time passed?): the Americana of 'Dobro', the 'Beehive'-strings of 'The Shining of Things', the John Cage meets Radiohead post-rock of 'Pollen Path', the heavenly guitar-pop of 'Wanderlust'...'I Surrender' is an epic, almost definitive song- it requotes lyrics from the obscure b-side, 'Earthbound', has horn playing remeniscent of 'Flamenco Sketches', a flute from 'Astral Weeks' and one of the most soulful voices ever. It's about nine minutes long- as ever the sign of a true epic: you don't notice the time pass and its over all too soon...'I Surrender' & 'Midnight Sun' also show Sylvian sampling for the first time- the former sampled The Mahavishnu Orcehestra's 'You Know You Know'. This took me to their wonderful 'The Inner Mounting Flame' LP: a fusion of 'Electric Ladyland'-Jimi and late Sixties Miles Davis/Tony Williams...The Miles influence is stretched further on 'All My Mother's names'- closest to 'Bitches Brew' tracks, 'Spanish Key' & 'Sanctuary' (also 'Meeting of two spirits' by Mahavishnu). Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David sylvian back to his finest form 11 Jun 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I have to disagree with the above view (eloquent but inaccurate) I have been a great fan of Sylvians work from the days of Japan, but Brillian Trees, his first solo album was a breath of fresh air to me and opened up an interest in all things ambient and jazzy, except your run of the mill new age music. Since then he has done several great albums, secrets of the beehive had its weakness's although great but First day was disappointing except Jean the Birdman. This is a self indulgent album,(he relies less on the influence of others musical input) but as we are interested in Sylvian then this is only a bonus. It was my favourite album along with Moby's PLAY in 1999 and I highly recommend you buy it, but do be patient with it. It may grow to be your favourite album of his, but it may take several weeks, such is the genius of this man.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars icing with sweet & sour cherries 28 Mar 2007
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I'd not heard any of his output since Beehive, and my first impressions are'oh my this is interesting varietal output from Sylvian'..exquisitely produced. After several listens I have started to really notice the delineations between the different tracks and unusually want to review it almost track by track instead of as an overall themed album.

From the seminal intro track of 'I Surrender' with its languid jazz soulful background with intro so smooth u want Luther Vandross to pop up somewhere... to the odd little 'Dobro' actually feel sorry for him when he says 'it rained on my house all summer long') a great expression of despair.. this is talented stuff. 'Midnight Sun' is worthy of Robert Johnson, this is the track made me smile and say ' he's done it again' I'd never thought of Sylvian as a blues singer before but his voice is great here and the metallic clanking, mechanical rythmic backing is worthy of any 'railroad track/ chain gang' blues...you can imagine the hot air, the baked earth.. such an interesting mix I was straight back to New Orleans on this one !

'Thalhiem' is less striking for his talent, a bit slow rock ballad, backgroundish, didn't do much for me but that's only cos some other tracks are such 'things that make u go...'

'Godman' has simple repeatable/memorable hook lines and is beaty, with japan-esque tones and drums and an amusing 'pink panther' type vibes interlude right out of lounge.. also contains the title phrase..it seems short even at 4mins.

Like other reviewers I do feel this is a 'pic n mix' at times with so many styles and approaches and it's got a lot of mellowed out electric tones with heavy echo and reverb giving some tracks a dream-like quality but thats often common to this artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another beehive to go!
Sublime is a plaudit often aimed at Sylvian's work & in this case fully deserved. As an eclectic selection of styles this release works a treat, showcasing much of the aural... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lawrie the lush attic
4.0 out of 5 stars Wealth
Sylvian has so much more to offer than much of whats available out there today. I will continue to pick up other music by him to reassure myself that I can be touched by music in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear never mind
brought this CD on seeing a recommendation ...I was writing a review for a Talk Talk CD Laughing Stock (excellent in my opinion)
another reviewer had favourably written of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by tu nombre es
2.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of the rot?
For those who love the 'songs' of Manafon this album should be too 'lively' for you? Slow Indian percussion and jazz riffs are the name of the game. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mystic Man
3.0 out of 5 stars The easy road
This is certainly a good album, but a disappointment to those who expected a Secrets of the Beehive part two. In fact, I rate it even less than Gone to Earth or Brilliant Trees. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by P. Schlingemann
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cumbersome and Undifferentiated Musical Geology
I really tried to like this CD. But, as usual, Sylvian confounds expectations by, for me, producing the best tracks at the very end. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars this is music of the Gods...
David ...David ...David ...we are not worthy and yet you let us into your world and make us see that all is not as it seems...life can be beautiful...life can sound like this... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by montymagic
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so dark dreaming
Best song on the album is 'Darkest Dreaming' - it's the type of song that makes you want to be in love if you aren't. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars music lover
When the world seems a place of chaos and madness and you feel as if your brain will explode...STOP...
now play this album and enter the world of David Sylvian... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Mr. James P. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Encore !
The dead bees on a cake album is easily another 5 stars no song is weak and each is excellent another must buy for all music lovers. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2009 by john
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