Worker Bee
Divorce Your Legs


4.0
excellent

Review

by csvhrvrnxell USER (7 Reviews)
June 9th, 2010 | 49 replies | 8,165 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

It's strange how important context is to the way we perceive music. Whether it is personal context -- where we are in our own lives when we experience it for the first time -- or the bigger picture of where an album falls within its scene or even culture as a whole, something about when and where we first hear a piece music lends it much more weight than it could ostensibly hold by itself. For me, Worker Bee's Divorce Your Legs is a perfect example of what context can do for a record. Maybe it's because I was introduced to this band during a very important transitional phase in my life, or maybe it's because every time I hear this I can still almost see the band playing in the tiny, dark, over-crowded art studio that introduced them to me. Or maybe it really would be every bit as good to another listener's ears as it is to mine, I don't know, but something about Divorce Your Legs has earned it a special place amongst my favorite albums, despite the fact that it is a fairly standard post-rock record.

This is not to sell the album short though, because this is definitely an excellent release. Worker Bee’s spacey, somber approach to post-rock never conjures images of dark, apocalyptic wonderworlds, and doesn't quite reach the beautiful and cinematic heights of some of the greats in the genre, but nonetheless produces a wistful and ultimately satisfying sound. Made up of a somewhat standard line up of two guitars, drums, bass and occasional keyboards, the band play a style that focuses more on color, texture, and atmosphere than it does layers of melody or cathartic crescendos, and this is perhaps the band’s greatest success. It doesn’t take much to get their point across, and often it is the simplest parts of the album that have the greatest effect. Take, for example, the understated, drifting intro of “Recital,” one of my personal favorite moments on the record. A plodding, but somehow remarkably catchy drum pattern sets the stage for a perfectly spacey and noodly guitar line, accompanied by sustained keyboard notes, but despite each piece being somewhat underwhelming, the sum of the parts creates a dense atmosphere that belies the minimalistic part-writing on display.

The band can also definitely throw down when it comes time though. “Imploder” features a distant-sounding, tapped guitar bridge section before the full band joins, creating a huge, color-heavy wall of sound that you can’t help but want to nod your head to. With one of the more memorable guitar lines on the record, and a pulsating rhythm section pounding along behind it, the effect is a loud, oh-so-satisfying climax that’s sure to be ear candy for any fan of the genre. Interestingly though, for all the dynamic playing and mature song writing, you’ll hardly notice for the overshadowing atmosphere that envelops the whole record. Listening to Divorce Your Legs conjures a cold, dark feeling, and rather than grounding the listener in the present and demanding full attention, allows for a sort of drifting sensation that perfectly compliments the plodding nature of the music itself.

While Divorce Your Legs probably isn't going to become anyone's favorite album, it definitely brings enough to the table to make for a great listen, and fans of the genre would be wise to give it a shot. Worker Bee may not be doing anything especially spectacular or groundbreaking, but they have surely packed enough wistfully beautiful, heart-on-the-sleeve moments here to keep you coming back after the first listen.



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sniper
June 9th 2010



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I love this a lot, but I went with a 4 for the review because it seems more accurate with my own biases put aside. Also, first review in a long while, tell me what's up.

Also, if even just one more person bothers to check this out, that would be cool.....

sniper
June 9th 2010



19048 Comments


That might be difficult since this isn't really available through uhhhhh, "common sources." Hold on a sec.

SeaAnemone
June 9th 2010



20049 Comments


Great review, I liked your descriptions... gives a good picture of the album. pos'd... a few things you may want to think about--

it is little more than a solid post-rock record.

may want to change that... I know whatcha mean, but it's a little contradictory with the rest of the review, stay confident with your analyzations

and if you're going to namedrop bands, IF you are, make sure they're a bit more specific or meaningful... there's better ways of providing descriptions ( I already know you're good at that ) than comparing the band to the 3 most popular post-rock bands..

but like I said, good stuffs!

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

sniper
June 9th 2010



19048 Comments


Yeah one of those :/

And thanks Sea, I'll keep that in mind, and I'll edit those parts when I can think of a way to make it clean. Thanks for the poses guys

Enotron
June 9th 2010



7695 Comments


great review man! Care to send me a mediafire link in my shoutbox?

lordquas
June 9th 2010



13 Comments


nice review pos'd ill give this a listen

Ire
June 10th 2010



41754 Comments


Nice review, a well deserved pos is in order.

sniper
June 10th 2010



19048 Comments


Thanks for the feedback guys :D anyone who wants to hear this just talk to me not on this thread.

sniper
June 10th 2010



19048 Comments


Alright cool man, I'll try to edit this to incorporate what you and Eric said.

Thanks for the help.

sniper
June 10th 2010



19048 Comments


I'd "help" you but your shoutbox is disabled.

porch
June 10th 2010



8453 Comments


good review

Inveigh
June 10th 2010



24946 Comments


yep, review is good. i'm not much for post-rock though, inveigh be too impatient for that ish.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Inveigh
June 10th 2010



24946 Comments


i have it actually, but it is too much for my feeble ears. actually, it's great if i'm in the right mood

sniper
June 10th 2010



19048 Comments


@ Josh D. I bumped your most recent list with a link to it. It's available for purchase if you like what you hear but just check it out first. It sucks being the only one to have this rated

And thanks for the comments ya'll, much appreciated. This is rly good if you're thinking of checking it out.

sniper
June 11th 2010



19048 Comments


I have now haha. I need to start reviewing more, but I really just want to do stuff that doesn't have one, and I am rarely early enough to the party for that to happen.

sniper
June 22nd 2010



19048 Comments


Where's the rating at maannn?

sniper
June 22nd 2010



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I love the way the drums fill up all the space that gets created by the floaty guitars.

sniper
June 22nd 2010



19048 Comments


Sweet, that doesn't change the rating now it's just a more solid 4.

sniper
June 22nd 2010



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It's cool now the rating chart looks less retarded than before.

sniper
June 22nd 2010



19048 Comments


Haha someday there will be another vote, I can just feel it.



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