|"The Sea Of Memories"|
Title: The Sea Of Memories
Review: Gavin Rossdale and his reworked outfit have emerged from a 10 year absence to deliver us their fifth LP, The Sea of Memories. Naturally, when a band returns from such a drastic break, they’re met with skepticism. However, this isn’t the same band from 1996. They’ve evolved their post-grunge tendencies, absorbing a more modern rock sound that’s slightly hit or miss. Somewhere between their sophomore effort, 1996′s Razorblade Suitcase, and 1999′s slightly experimental The Science of Things, Bush started dabbling between post-grunge, alternative rock and quasi-electronica. It worked and it didn’t work. Some might argue it polarized their fanbase. What’s great about The Sea of Memories is that there’s a more solid blend to absorb here.
Where Pulsford is missed, Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge do come through at times. The piano-driven ballad “All Night Doctors” contains Rossdale’s finest vocals in years, while opener “The Mirror of the Signs” punches and kicks in all the right places, thanks to Goodridge’s precision. Admittedly, guitarist Chris Traynor has his moments, too. It’s just when he’s minimally tweaking areas. Still, he lacks the ability to build an atmosphere that Pulsford trademarked over four records. While it’d be great to have Pulsford around, Rossdale continues to trek forward and evolve his own style, which is always admirable. What The Sea of Memories does is inject some life into the Bush brand, proving that Rossdale isn’t ready to call it a day. Some might scoff at that, but certainly not his fans.
Tracklist: 1. The Mirror Of The Signs; 2. The Sound Of Winter; 3. All My Life; 4. Afterlife; 5. All Nights Doctors; 6. Baby Come Home; 7. Red Light; 8. She’s A Stallion; 9. I Believe In You; 10. Stand Up; 11. The Heart Of The Matter; 12. Be Still My Love.