Secrets Of The Beehive

Virgin UK
Release date
15 Jun 2004
Running length
10 tracks
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1 September (2003 Digital Remaster) 1:18 407
2 The Boy With The Gun (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:18 270
3 Maria (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:50 232
4 Orpheus (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:51 107
5 The Devil's Own (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:12 208
6 When Poets Dreamed Of Angels (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:47 232
7 Mother And Child (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:15 179
8 Let The Happiness In (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:37 81
9 Waterfront (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:36 74
10 Promise (The Cult Of Eurydice) (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:28 148

About this album

Streamlining the muted, organic atmospheres of the previous Gone to Earth to forge a more cohesive listening experience, Secrets of the Beehive is arguably David Sylvian’s most accessible record, a delicate, jazz-inflected work boasting elegant string arrangements courtesy of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Impeccably produced by Steve Nye, the songs are stripped to their bare essentials, making judicious use of the synths, tape loops , and treated pianos which bring them to life; Sylvian’s evocative vocals are instead front and center, rendering standouts like “The Boy With the Gun” and the near-hit “Orpheus” — both among the most conventional yet penetrating songs he’s ever written — with soothing strength and assurance.

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  • OrphicElysian

    This album leaves me breathless, truly a lesser known classic. <3

    15 Apr 6:26pm Reply
  • uriah_stsch

    Today's 27th birthday of the album!

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Can you believe David regards this album as a failure? I sure cannot.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Beat_C

    one of my favourite albums of all time.

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    missing link between scott walker and talk talk and bark psychosis. damn, this is good.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • endeSanos

    world, anwser me, will i ever experience something as good as this again

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sierena

    Timeless album indeed, it's just incredible.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    it's like a more deeper, sincere sequel to Brilliant Trees.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Katamai

    For me, one of the best albums ever made.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Timeless & out of time...An oasis...Ambient path-finding.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • prominence_la

    I second what Fury112 said; this complemented The Colour of Spring beautifully.

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    An album every person should listen too... [2] and I think I could listen to "When Poets Dream Of Angels" on a continuous loop. [2] They said everything that I wanted to say.

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    It's dark outside and I can see the full moon through the window, somehow this feels perfect for this album.

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Fury112

    brilliant record, definitely a huge influence on latter day Talk Talk.

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • evvo1

    An album every person should listen too... Sylvians' best work and a collection of the most thought-provoking songs you will ever hear.

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • agonistix

    Love this album. Enjoy it at night.

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • LifePaintedArt

    I like each track. The strong points is clearly 2, 4 and 8. Though the intro is fantastic, especially for an intro. I'm just baffled that the critics haven't put this on any best of list - not even 1987. 1987 was one hell of a year though: Joshua Tree, Bad, Sign O' The Times were all from that year. This still deserved a spot in top 10 at least! I don't have Forbidden Colours on my cd. Promise is great, but I want Forbidden Colours too :D

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • RichieTozier

    an open window at night with a cigarette and a carpet of city lights behind my eyes.

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • keananduffty

    Slinky Vagabond features Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie, and Earl Slick (David Bowie's guitarist) and singer Keanan Duffty. Slinky Vagabond made their debut in May 2007 at Irving Plaza as part of Joey Ramone's annual birthday bash. Slinky Vagabond also performed for Gen Art during New York fashion week and at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
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