Octopus

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  • Summary: The eclectic UK band self-produced this third album in their Isle of Wight studios.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. Not sure what you'd file it under, but while that may worry some, for The Bees it's yet another triumph.
  2. Outlandish and of infinite humour, Octopus is an LP to die for.
  3. The Bees have made a record sparkling with enough wit and ingenuity to make the past seem an undiscovered country well worth visiting.
  4. Spin
    70
    The product of a joyously short attention span. [Jul 2007, p.92]
  5. At the heart of this album is a trio of absolute killers.
  6. Although combining an assortment of sounds may seem risky, they’ve managed to produce a solid album, fusing jazz, soul, ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll and playful lyrics into a tight 10 tracks.
  7. Staunch fans won't be disappointed, but it's hard to envisage new ears pricking up on hearing 'Octopus' woeful musings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. SerjS
    May 1, 2007
    10
    awesome
  2. PhillipVanWagoner
    May 17, 2007
    10
    While "Free the Bees" conjured images of a Beatles' reunion, 'Octopus' calls upon a wider variety of influences, and fits them While "Free the Bees" conjured images of a Beatles' reunion, 'Octopus' calls upon a wider variety of influences, and fits them all together beautifully. A solid '10', albeit to it's predecessor's '10.5' Expand
  3. ThomsaB.
    May 29, 2007
    10
    Genius songwriting with stellar vintage production. Hommages to all that is good in music. Best band in the UK.
  4. LesH
    Apr 8, 2007
    9
    A wonderful CD full of irreverent borrowings, fused together in a wonderful pop offering that's right at the top of the tree, where the A wonderful CD full of irreverent borrowings, fused together in a wonderful pop offering that's right at the top of the tree, where the sweetest honey is. Hope the next CD comes real soon. Expand
  5. juanz.
    Sep 12, 2007
    8
    They made a step forward in my opinion, so cheers for that!!!
  6. JamesB
    Mar 30, 2007
    8
    A veritable casserole of beautiful sound. A fabulous album from a band with talent to waste.
  7. JackV
    May 6, 2007
    4
    Compared to its predecessors, this album unfortunately has gotten rather boring.