The Bees
Free The Bees

Virgin Records
2004
D+
Reviewed by: Nick Southall
Reviewed on: 2004-07-16



Posted 07/18/2004 - 11:54:59 AM by leefamilycurse:
 Firstly the album is very musical. It is also ebullient and unreflexively joyous. The music recreates the past in an act of delerious denial, a fantasy. The musical strands it exhumes are ones we have almost forgotten, so they are vaguely familiar, like a memory from a dream. This kind of reviewer listens with his brain.
 
Posted 07/19/2004 - 08:33:01 AM by NickSouthall:
 The album is musical and it is ebulliant, I don't dispute that, but I simply cannot feel that this is a fantasy or a dream. Or at least, not my dream - so obsessed with the past and old detail and is this record that, no matter how much emotion and effort invested in it by the band themselves it never becomes anything over than someone telling me about a memory of a story someone else had told them. Look at it as a remembrence of a first kiss - Free The Bees is not my recollection of my own first kiss. It is not my father telling me with misty eyes about his first kiss. It is a friend who I like telling me about a first kiss that he read about in a book and that happened to someone else that neither of us ever knew a long time ago, and no matter how beautifully or energetically told the tale is I can never be truly excited by it.