Album Review: The Bee Tree by Kristilyn Robertson

Album Name: The Bee Tree
Artist: Kristilyn Robertson
Year/Label: 2007 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Ever since I heard Kristilyn Robertson the first time back in 2005 I dug her style. I loved her first CD, The Uncut Version. It was, indeed, a tad raw but lovely and her style and talent was undeniable.

This record is more polished but not too polished (yes, there is such a thing…to me).

As you may have guessed this record was inspired by a tree near her home that was full of bees one summer. Some people’s instinct is to run screaming (me) others will write a beautiful record (her).

This music is in the vein of Terami Hirsch (without the electrics), Sarah Slean (without the drunk-ish vocals) and perhaps, Tori Amos (without the nuts). I love all those women and Robertson fits right in.

The piano is gorgeous. It makes me want to close my eyes and just melt while it washes over me. Her voice is semi-girly and sweet, but not too sugary. It’s got an edge too. I like that there is a bit of a cabaret feel (which brings the Slean comparison).

The production is simple. I am not implying it’s simple to make it sound good. Just that there is not a lot of extra stuff thrown in. This is good; it’s not needed. Her voice is beautiful and crystal clear and so is the piano. Just the way I like it.

Really really a great record. If you like this genre you will love her, I am certain.

Posted on December 26, 2007

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1 Breathe
2 Little Earth
3 One-Way Ticket
4 Hearts
5 The End of the World
6 Key of Blue
7 Your Lovely Bones
8 If You Don’t Have Love
9 Incredible
10 Peace
11 Put Up Our Arms
12 Foolish Wings
13 (Bonus Track)

[Kristilyn Robertson Official Site]


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