Single Review: Honey Bee’s ‘Lines’
Emerging Indie musician/singer Honey Bee has just recently released his new track ‘Lines’. After hearing previous tracks of his such as ‘Origami’ and ‘Climbing’, my expectations were quite high for this new release and I must say that I’ve experienced a mix of emotions while listening to it.
The track starts off with a steady solitary drum beat, with the guitars kicking in not too long after.
The main melody of the song is contemporary sounding and very much in tune with a summery vibe that many would appreciate.
It is obvious from the get go that it is very well produced and there has been a substantial amount of effort put into it. However, the steady build-up of the first verse creates a high expectancy of a climactic chorus that evaporates as soon as the actual chorus kicks in.
It lacks the pizzazz that would lift up the song and give it a much needed boost of energy. The vocals, although decent, remain very passive and subdued throughout the different sections of the song when they need to be more adventurous and creative.
For a romantic song that has ‘I am crazy about you’ in its chorus, there is no vitality that expresses the full extent of such a passionate declaration. This common thread of repetition and playing it safe is consistent throughout the track and goes through minimal changes even with the guitar solo and drumming.
All in all, Honey Bee’s ‘Lines’ has left me frustrated and caught between what it could have been and what it actually is. It lacks the depth and spunk that would have made it a standout tune and showcased it as a worthy follow up to its predecessor tracks. This song is not an apt representation of the buzzing energy that Honey Bee seems to want to release into an already flourishing and extremely competitive local music scene. I did really want to appreciate this song more, but the lack of variation in the tempo and the somewhat linear vocals without any interesting flares of harmony have doomed it into being a basic song that could have potentially been more.