Every Step's a Yes

Every Step's a Yes

by The Bees

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Overview

Every Step's a Yes has an enchanting drift to it. The Bees' fourth record, it begins as a vibrant set of acoustic love songs, with a wry look at the process of love balladry ("Don't want to put my feelings into another song for you," from the opener "I Really Need Love"). Gradually, it turns to rosy but slightly morose rock built on the structure of early-'70s Pink Floyd (think post-Barrett but pre-The Dark Side of the Moon), both musically and temperamentally. In between, more of the band's inspirations come through, in various strengths: autumnal Simon & Garfunkel harmonies, a hint of charged blue-eyed soul, a little bit of Jamaican lovers rock (or is it electrified West African pop?). This may make it sound exactly like the blueprint for every other Bees album, but Every Step's a Yes presents not just another strong set of songs, but a slightly more challenging obstacle overcome; there aren't many kitchen-sink productions here. As the band peels away more pages from its production workbook, the songs become very powerful, more intimate and reflective, culminating in the beautiful "Island Love Letter." (Please note, this comes four tracks before the actual end of the record, a furious fourth-world love jam with Devendra Banhart titled "Gaia.")

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2011
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882177225
catalogNumber: 217722
Rank: 273883

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bees   Primary Artist
Devendra Banhart   Vocals
Gregory Rogove   Vocals
Tim Parkin   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member
Tom Gardner   Group Member
Kris Birkin   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Warren Hampshire   Hammond Organ,Group Member
Paul Butler   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Violin,Cello,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harp,Hammond Organ,Recorder,Baritone Saxophone,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Double Bass,Charango,fender rhodes,Group Member
Andy Parkin   Violin,Group Member
Richard Parkin   Group Member
Aaron Fletcher   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Tim Parkin   Composer
Kris Birkin   Composer
Paul Butler   Composer,Producer
Jo Hillier   Management
Aaron Fletcher   Composer

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