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Bush, ‘The Sea of Memories’ – Album Review

Bush The Sea of Memories
Zuma Rock Records

Bush have returned after a long absence with their fifth studio album, ‘The Sea of Memories,’ the band’s first studio effort in a decade.

The disc starts off with the song ‘The Mirror of the Signs,’ which reintroduces fans to frontman Gavin Rossdale‘s raspy yet dreamy vocals. The track has an infectious drum pattern and whining guitars, with synthesizers that give the song almost a rave aspect to it.

The next tune is the band’s current single, ‘The Sound of Winter,’ which soothingly contrasts to the first track of the album. Rossdale’s soft yet brooding voice makes for a powerful chorus.

One of the most refreshing songs on the album is ‘All My Life,’ which begins with edgy guitar riffs. Rossdale displays many facets to his voice as he sings lyrics like, “I seen you dance / I seen you dance through the radio.”

In the track ‘Red Light,’ Rossdale shows off higher pitches to his voice. Robin Goodridge adds depth with abrupt, rumbling drums throughout the song. The song has an ’80s vibe with U2-sounding guitar riffs.

‘She’s a Stallion’ is a witty song that is mild but surprising at the same time, especially when lyrics go from “He’s a madman / He’s a madman / He’s a madman / He’ll drive you mad” to “He’s a guru / He’s a guru / He’s a guru / Let him through.”

The album ends with a heartwarming ballad titled ‘Be Still My Love.’ The violins add a gentle lullaby-like feel to it. With lyrics like “Our love is ocean sized,” this song is just one more reason for every woman to be jealous of Rossdale’s lovely wife Gwen Stefani.

‘The Sea of Memories’ is the first album released on the band’s own record label, Zuma Rock Records, in a partnership with eOne Music. Bush are set to support the album with a headlining tour with support from Filter and Chevelle. The trek launches Sept 27 in San Diego; click here to see a complete list of tour dates.

3.5 Stars

Watch the Video for Bush’s ‘The Sound of Winter’

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