Review: “Lost Worker Bee” — Elbow

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Elbow, the alternative rock band from the United Kingdom, recently released a single that has audiences dreaming of the journey it takes to find true love. The band started during the 1990s with Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Pete Turner, Craig Potter and Richard Jupp and has the same lineup today. This latest single, “Lost Worker Bee,” dropped July 24 in the United Kingdom by Polydor Ltd and July 31 in the United States.

Lost Worker Bee” is a quick-paced song that makes the listener feel as if they need to be in a state of frantic searching. The vocals of the song are mellow, which creates a disconnect for those hearing the lyrics while attempting to associate them with the music. The instruments have a muted, buzzy timbre with constant drums and tambourine underscoring subtle guitar riffs, a trumpet and electronic instruments. The song’s melody is simple and the lyrics “Come be the queen to my lost worker bee” easily become stuck in the listener’s head.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The song depicts the image of a queen bee to whom worker bees cater and protect at all costs. She is in search of one of her workers as he also searches for her. This devotion tugs at the heartstrings of the listener while creating a sense of urgency that mingles with the relaxed vocals giving a sense of pining for a queen to serve. The song’s lyrics create interesting and strong imagery with the listener — they are easy to process and enjoy.

When the urgency of the lyrics and background music mingle with the relaxed sounding vocals, the longing in the lyrics is somewhat lost. The vocalist walks the line of sounding indifferent. As the percussion instruments carry on under the plodding singer, the song’s volume increases, but the vocals do not until the words “lost worker bee.” However, this musical decision gives those three words the spotlight in the song.

The sound, lyrics and vocals fit together to make a successful musical puzzle that the listener wants to belt out in search of their own queen or lost worker bee. “Lost Worker Bee” receives a 7/10 rating for lyrical imagery that connects to the desire of people to find their place in the world with someone by their side.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]