Free The Bees - The Bees [Band of Bees]

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. One of Britain's best-kept secrets. [8 Jul 2005, p.71]
  3. 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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Bertha
    Jul 16, 2007
    Every reviewer on this page that dogged this album sounds like a music-geek asshole. The pitchfork one was harsh for no reason. It sounded like the reviewer was personally insulted by A Band Of Bees deciding they wanted to play around with some "old" sounds. That brings me to another point. You could "discredit" any artist by tracing their influences. It's pointless trying to draw some arbitrary line that divides influence from imitation. If a band likes to cite their influences, and if you dig the sounds, then what the fuck is the big deal? A Band of Bees may never land on top of a "most influential" list, but they craft some damn good pop songs. Full Review »
  2. GabeH
    May 9, 2006
    This album is a great time capsule of songs that are faithful-in-spirit to the genres they takes their cues from. However, the album never feels hackneyed as your listening. The hooks and harmonies are just too damn engaging to allow you to think about anything else. Essential for those who love either classic motown of the british invasion, or both! Full Review »
  3. James
    Dec 3, 2005
    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. Full Review »