Reborn As Bees
'Reborn as Bees' (1999) - Created out of family tragedy, this is an eloquently dark and sometimes angry record. Although deeply personal, this searing album is universal in it's hard-driving and melodic psychological study of loss, unfulfilled love, and the struggle to find second chances. Backed up by a full band, Kaplan opens the album quietly and gently with cautious hope in his voice: 'I know the end is near but so is the beginning'. He sings about unanswered prayers in 'Deaf Ears', of a numb rebounding in 'No Matter What', and with paranoid and helpless rage in 'Many Times Over' and 'Great Disguise'. 'Reborn as Bees' is a true concept album- a profound, gallant, and mystical work. ___ REVIEWS OF REBORN AS BEES: 'Owing a hats off to Michael Stipe, Paul Simon, and Elliott Smith, Kaplan presents a collection of tunes that reeled this listener in without a struggle. Melody, lyrics, arrangement, production... it's all here... The lyrics stand on their own as poetry, unique and compelling in it's imagery... this guy's no lightweight.' -THE INSIDE CONNECTION / Long Island, New York 'Kaplan originals... resound with a thought-provoking consciousness.' -THE ISLAND VOICE / Long Island, New York.