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Boomkat Product Review:
'Secrets of the Beehive' is one of David Sylvian's most acclaimed solo works. It was here that he refined his creative relationship with Ryuichi Sakamoto, who contributed string arrangements and piano to the album, and the two came up with a sound quite magical in it's ambience and warmth. Avenues explored on Sylvian's previous album 'Gone to Earth' were here channelled much more economically and the tracks were far easier to stomach and less overblown. Whether he is exploring the realms of spiritual ambience in 'Maria' or the dark and jazzy 'Let the Happiness In' or flirting with pop on 'The Boy with the Gun' or 'Orpheus', he succeeds entirely which is something difficult to say about many of Sylvian's albums. The high point for me is 'Waterfront' - a moving orchestral piece perfectly matched to Sylvian's characteristic vocals. If you have only heard David Sylvian's more recent work then this would be a fine place to start on his back catalogue. An incredible album.