Earth CD review by Bruce Adams

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Earth CD review by Bruce Adams
Mar 31, 2008, 02:39

Earth - The Bees Made Honey In the Lion's Skull

EARTH The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull CD

Dylan Carlson and friends have completed the transition into a different thing now; the amp-expanding drones of the past are well behind them. The sound remains big with ample (if intermittent) rhythmic motivation. The Bees… looks like some ramshackle Victorian mansion on legs of its own, ambling across the landscape.

Bill Frisell guests on the album, insinuating his guitar so tightly into the mix that he can barely be picked out. This is a good thing, Earth have established a consistent feel across the album that would not be improved if Frisell's more watercolorish tones were grafted onto the whole. The steady anchors of the album are bassist Don McGreevy and keyboardist Steve Moore, who lay down a thick and warm base layer that buttresses the rest of the band. At times, I found the Hex album to be a little too dependent on Carlson's taut and steely guitar lines; on Bees the sound has a more effective bottom end.

My only caution to other listeners is to sit with portions of the album at a time. The old LP side still works best for me, 20-25 minutes of this album at a time is the most effective and enjoyable dose. The relative uniformity of the sounds and songs can get a bit samey when listening at home. In the car Bees… is a great listen though, with real time-altering capacity and I look forward to enjoying it while driving through the woods of northern Wisconsin this summer. [Southern Lord]

-Bruce Adams


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