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All Music Guide - John Bush
The most intriguing collective of multi-instrumentalists since the Beta Band first began mixing an unholy array of accompaniment, the Bees or A Band of Bees in America channel some of the same '60s influences on Octopus as on their two previous records, and a few new ones as well. Fortunately, as usual, listeners who couldn't care less about playing a game of spot-the-influence are rewarded just as much as those who do; Octopus presents ten nuggets of effortless throwback pop, laid-back and breezy but tightly melodic. A trio of straightforward pop pleasers begins the album, all with the same jaunty, freewheeling character as a Beta Band jam or a Kinks pastorale, for that ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The most intriguing collective of multi-instrumentalists since the Beta Band first began mixing an unholy array of accompaniment, the Bees or A Band of Bees in America channel some of the same '60s influences on Octopus as on their two previous records, and a few new ones as well. Fortunately, as usual, listeners who couldn't care less about playing a game of spot-the-influence are rewarded just as much as those who do; Octopus presents ten nuggets of effortless throwback pop, laid-back and breezy but tightly melodic. A trio of straightforward pop pleasers begins the album, all with the same jaunty, freewheeling character as a Beta Band jam or a Kinks pastorale, for that matter. After a pair of marvelous detours -- "Got to Let Go" is organ-combo rock with a Caribbean flair รก la Georgie Fame, while "Listening Man" echoes the high points of blue-eyed soul in the Rascals -- the Bees are back on track, although perhaps even more mellow than on the first half. Although not a concept album, Octopus does often return to the nautical theme or more generally, travel away from home that's de rigueur for indie rock during the 2000s, but here too, the Bees know that too much concept and not enough music is a bad trade-off. Without this set of brilliant songs or the masterful way they mix and match their instruments, the Bees wouldn't sound half as interesting as they do; they wouldn't be anything more than a retread of their '60s influences or, perhaps, their retread of XTC's '60s influences. [Octopus is also available with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Virgin Int'l
  • UPC: 094638198628
  • Catalog Number: 381986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who Cares What the Question Is? (3:35)
  2. 2 Love in the Harbour (4:02)
  3. 3 Left Foot Stepdown (4:06)
  4. 4 Got to Let Go (5:23)
  5. 5 Listening Man (4:47)
  6. 6 Stand (4:13)
  7. 7 (This Is for The) Better Days (4:37)
  8. 8 The Ocularist (3:56)
  9. 9 Hot One! (2:45)
  10. 10 End of the Street (4:26)
  11. 11 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bees Primary Artist
A Band of Bees Indexed Contributor
Paul Butler Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Bongos, Cello, Drums, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Recorder, Saxophone, Sitar, Tambourine, Triangle, Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping, Shaker
Tim Parkin Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes
Kris Birkin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Warren Hampshire Piano, Jew's Harp, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Aaron Fletcher Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Paul Butler Composer, Sound Effects, Producer
Timothy Watkins Artwork
Alex Scannell Engineer
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Tim Parkin Composer
Warren Hampshire Composer
Aaron Fletcher Composer, Sound Effects
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