I bought “Secrets of the Beehive” back in 1987 and, believe it or not, at the time I was unaware of Sylvian’s connection with the band Japan. I just heard this record from friends and desperately fell in love with it because it was remarkably well crafted: how the overall sound is engineered, the songs arrangements, its songwriting, the atmosphere… and beyond everything, his voice. David Sylvian’s voice is simply a masterpiece in this album. It is deep and sharp and warm and icy: unbeliavable. I remember listening to it several nights, all year round, and during Spring late afternoons, when the dark catches in and the house starts refreshing a little bit… what a perfect album!
From Wikipedia: “Reportedly written in one sitting over a couple of weeks Secrets was his most intimate to date and used more acoustic instruments than ever before. By many regarded as his finest solo work”. It was produced by Steve Nye and David Sylvian himself, and it features Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mark Isham, among others.
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