Free The Bees - The Bees [Band of Bees]
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  • Summary: This '60s-influenced sophomore release from the Isle of Wight-based duo was recorded at Abbey Road.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    A monumental step forward in the progression of the group's sound.
  2. Even though the stylistic diversity of the first album isn't present, it's hard not to get caught up in the dreamy spell that The Bees weave. [#7]
  3. 80
    As satisfying as it is stylish. [Jul 2004, p.95]
  4. It really is quite difficult to believe that the band behind Free the Bees is the same one responsible for Sunshine Hit Me; while one record isn't necessarily stronger than the other and both are equally eclectic, they seem to be jumpstarted by wildly dissimilar muses.
  5. Glows with retro colour. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  6. Their sheer retro enthusiasm compensates for the music's derivativeness--for some of the tracks at least. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.111]
  7. The band falls apart attempting to sound like the whole of the late ’60s and the start of the early ’70s all at once, like listening to The Notorious Byrd Brothers, American Beauty, Moby Grape’s self-titled, the Hollies’ Stop! Stop! Stop! , and a Sloan record played simultaneously; a tepid mash of classic styles all fine on their own that cancel each other out when played together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. TimI
    Nov 21, 2005
    10
    rewards with repeated listening. One of the best of 2005
  2. JevonR
    Feb 15, 2005
    10
    I can not stop listening to this album. Yes it sounds like something beemed out of 1968, but who the hell cares. This is soul, this is rock, this is a wall of symphonic banging that bursts out of your speakers and won't let you go. Expand
  3. TomS
    Jul 25, 2005
    10
    One of the greatest albums of the last ten years. Genius songwriting pulling together a completely fresh modern indie rock sound with startlingly authentic vintage 60s and 70s vinyl junkie influences. highly recommended. Expand
  4. HankW
    Apr 27, 2005
    9
    The return of dancable rock-n-roll with a vengance!
  5. James
    Dec 3, 2005
    9
    Beautiful music with soul....not materialistic, disposable crap like 99% of this generation's output (I'm 18 so it is my generation, sadly). Screw 'Pitchfork' (they take one in the ass) and Dusted and all of the others that would rather make snooty comments from the confines of their computer for an extra buck. These are the same people who put the BS we hear on today's radio on the top of the charts because they are souless biproducts of society, nitpicking at music. Why don't you try to be musicians or something useful rather than think that your opinion is the example for everyone? This album is a treasure as one of the only soulful rock albums of my time. Pet Sounds has the title but this is up there on my list. Expand
  6. vincent
    Jun 29, 2005
    9
    This is album is the proof that pitchfork knows NOTHING. This is an excellent album with soul, reggae, sixtiespop and a whole lot of enthusiasm.
  7. mike
    Aug 1, 2004
    8
    it's incredible how authentic the 60's sound is. as musicians, they are very good. though derivative, free the bees is really a great album. one step forward away from the mellow sound of their debut and towards a full on rock sound. so far i've been really digging this album. Expand

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