Eight Houses

Album Review of Eight Houses by She Keeps Bees.

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Eight Houses

She Keeps Bees

Eight Houses by She Keeps Bees

Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Universal Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

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Eight Houses - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Since their 2006 debut, Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees have always stuck close to their wheelhouse of lean, bluesy rock tunes, letting singer/guitarist Jessica Larrabee's soulful voice dictate the subtle dynamics of their minimal guitar and drums setup. They've remained a very contained unit, self-producing and self-releasing their three albums and various EPs and singles. For their fourth album, 2014's Eight Houses, they've hired some outside help in the form of producer Nicolas Vernhes (Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter) and L.A.

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Consequence of Sound - 72
Based on rating B

When She Keeps Bees talk about independence, they’re not flipping off the modern day scene; they’re shaking their heads at America’s very beginnings. During their tour through middle America in 2012, the Brooklyn-based blues rock duo were caught off guard by the history America failed to teach them, namely the extent of the American Indians’ forced assimilation. Now, singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant are fighting against Western civilization to subtly give the indigenous people their voice back, as well as their own.

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New Musical Express (NME) - 50
Based on rating 2.5/5

Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees peddle a reliable indie-rock take on the blues, played with a stripped-down guitar/drums set-up. Their albums to date – ‘Eight Houses’ is their fourth – have remained accessible, the see-sawing riffs on 2009’s ‘Nests’ in particular. No personal meltdowns, reinventions or challenges to the status quo are apparent on ‘Eight Houses’.

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