Dead Bees on a Cake

Dead Bees on a Cake

by David SylvianDavid Sylvian


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/1999
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724384707125
catalogNumber: 8470712
Rank: 54451

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sylvian   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Sampling,Guitar Loops
Ingrid Chavez   Vocals
Marc Ribot   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kenny Wheeler   Flugelhorn
Chris Minh Doky   Double Bass
Tommy Barbarella   Guitar,fender rhodes
Lawrence Feldman   Flute
Bill Frisell   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
John Giblin   Bass
Steve Jansen   Percussion
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Talvin Singh   Percussion,Tabla
Steve Tibbetts   Gong
Ged Lynch   Drums
Deepak Ram   Bansuri
Scooter Warner   Drums
Shree Maa   Vocals

Technical Credits

Kenny Wheeler   Contributor
Tommy Barbarella   drum programming
Bill Frisell   Contributor
Steve Jansen   Contributor
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Horn Arrangements
David Sylvian   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Dave Kent   Engineer

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