Dead Bees on a Cake

Release date
1 Mar 2003
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 I Surrender 9:24 27,092
2 Dobro #1 1:29 10,165
3 Midnight Sun 4:00 13,941
4 Thalheim 6:09 4,186
5 God Man 4:01 9,081
6 Alphabet Angel 2:07 11,455
7 Krishna Blue 8:12 9,138
8 The Shining Of Things 3:10 8,772
9 Café Europa 7:01 5,449
10 Pollen Path 3:25 7,832
11 All Of My Mother's Names (Summers With Amma) 6:10 1,564
12 Wanderlust 6:41 12,182
13 Praise (Pratah Smarami) 4:02 3,355
14 Darkest Dreaming 4:00 15,717

About this album

Fans of David Sylvian may consider some of his earlier releases to have been autumnal spectacles filled with intoxicating arrangements and some of the most beautifully heartbreaking songs ever composed. At face value, Dead Bees on a Cake should have been one of David Sylvian’s most spiritually fulfilled and innovative releases — maybe next time. One can admire the rich vocals and impeccable instrumental performances by Talvin Singh, Steve Jansen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Marc Ribot, among others; however, for David Sylvian, even beautiful tracks like “The Shining of Things” are the sonic equivalent of running on a treadmill. One song makes this worth the price of admission: “Midnight Sun”; while the vocals are classic Sylvian, the bluesy, swampy sound of this track is completely new to him. It would have been fantastic if other songs on the album had followed in a similarly inventive vein.

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  • Avantgardian

    This album is exotic, spiritual, moving, super-inspired, and otherworldly. Whoever wrote that smarmy review needs to be punched in the face.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Pdna2

    Thom Jurek of All Music Guide writes crap like that all the time. For Jurek it's the literary equivalent to running on a treadmill. I tend to think little of critics generally, but if you want to roll in laughter, read some of his pompous (often technically misinformed) reviews of jazz classics that somehow get assigned to him. I've seen jazz musicians blog angrily about some of his pronouncements. Sorry, this page is for Sylvian--but I had to answer the rhetorical question, prominence_la.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Honestly, "the sonic equivalent of running on a treadmill"? Who writes pretentious junk like that for such a piece of beauty like this?

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • fmaratz

    Another great album from David Sylvian. My favourites are "I Surrender", "Thalheim", "Krishna Blue" and of course the really beautiful "The Shining of Things".

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • huonwong

    This album was released in 1999 (not 2003 as reported above) and is properly wonderful. Check and

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Dsus4

    no need for any cowbell in this sublime music

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • well_spring

    A beautiful album. I especially like *I surrender* and *Wanderlust*.

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • 8m2stereo

    .. genius album and sound ..

    22 Mar 2008 Reply

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