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4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

philjn161 ,

Sheer brilliance

If you've arrived at a review of a David Sylvian album then the chances are highly likely you already know what to expect.
This, for me, is pinnacle of Sylvian's work....just edging out the incredible "Gone to Earth" and the best known "Brilliant Trees" . I won't do a track by track review, I will simply point to the brief, but stunning first track, September.
This whole album follows the opening track...it is deep, insightful poetry delivered in a a series of sounds and tunes that alternate between comforting the soul, to challenging it then tearing it apart.
Utter genius!

thomasssss ,

Take time to listen

One of my all time fav albums of all time. I come back to this album time and time again. Emotional and turbulent lyrics over somewhat discordant harmonies makes this so very special.

Anton Callum Lukes ,

Let the poet sing

David Sylvian made better songs before and after this album but Secrets of the Beehive was just as good. Before this came out I loved the ‘single’ Let The Happiness In. I remember repeated plays on my walkman one day on a coach trip and thinking this is not very National Express! The track Orpheus is the most uplifting, easy to the ear, and expansive, the others are more challenging but challenge they must. In 1990 during the first Iraq war I was in Barcelona when I bought Pop Song, Sylvian’s next ‘single’ after this album. At a subterranean bar late into the night with not too many other folk around we were granted repeated listenings. Later we walked down by the harbour in the bitter cold and there wasn’t that much about pre-olimpics. I’ve always thought of Sylvian’s Let The Happiness In as a successor to Redding’s The Dock Of The Bay.

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