The Bees return with their world view that 'anything that sounds like it was recorded after 1969 isn't worth hearing'.
Whereas Sunshine Hit Me
and Free The Bees
were radically different from each other, Octopus
is the same Free The Bees
nostalgia mix, whilst not being quite as strong. Still, fine pop melodies abound and I'm not about to call this rubbish just because it's not quite as good as their pretty excellent opening one-two punch of Sunshine Hit Me
/ Free The Bees
Not that anybody was listening anyway ... The Bees have sold relatively few records, and I doubt anybody will be listening now ... Arctic Monkeys get the praise, Kanye West gets the money, and The Bees sit in Abbey Road studios wondering what microphone Paul McCartney used to record "Rocky Raccoon".
I do miss the beauty of Sunshine Hit Me
in particular, and Free The Bees
was a delight. Delights here? Opener "Who Cares What the Question Is?" sounds like The Animals crossed with marzipan and an orangutan. "Love In the Harbour" is the most delicious thing here, with a strong catchy pop chorus and verses sounding like Chris Hillman-era Byrds, circa 1967 - a very good thing for The Bees to sound like.
"Leftfoot Stepdown" is a reggae-tinged tune and a semi-delight but it's also this album's "Chicken Payback". The closing "End of the Street" is yet another "Chicken Payback", and so a problem becomes apparent ... next time guys, record something that surprises listeners, just slightly. Otherwise - as nice as all this stuff is - you'll fall foul of the Law of Diminishing Returns, as surely as Robbie Williams did every time he opened his mouth.
by Reviewer: Adrian Denning
(blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews