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.
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. 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