Bush
Golden State


3.0
good

Review

by CutMan USER (4 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2010 | 26 replies | 8,780 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "For our love, for our fear, for our rise against the years and years and years"

After their previous album, The Science of Things, many fans and critics were displeased with Bush's choice of direction- I actually thoroughly enjoyed it- so on Golden State, they retreated from the electronic touches and stuck to the straight-forward post-grunge sound that had gained them fame in the first place. Whether this was a successful comeback or too-little-too-late, it was definitely a return to their original sound, if not a little bit more textured and varied. It would be hard to be as simplistic as Sixteen Stone.

"Solutions" begins the album with with a pleasant, uncertain sort of clean guitar riff, keyboard sounds wafting in the background, creating a mysterious feel... and in comes that sauntering bass, you immediately feel a lot like you're listening to their first album again. It's a promising intro, but it's not the most memorable work they've ever done, d it took a few listens before this song stuck with me. but once it did, I developed a fondness for it, it's a good opener.

"Head of Ghosts" is where the album demonstrates it's best, solid Bush melodies, solid Bush riffing. Gavin Rossdale isn't exactly the best lyricist, often making little to no sense, and there's often a disconnect emotionally because of that. It's hard to tell if you can relate, or if it doesn't mean anything. But sometimes, even though the words are just as cryptic as ever, he hits some incredible emotional chords in the listener. This is an example of this. "Where is my head, where are my bones, why are my days so far from home?" Immediately following this is the lead single "The People That We Love". Once again, among the best of their work. Great melodies that will stick with you, and the music captures the spirit of it all.

"Superman" has a chorus that I sang over and over, much to the chagrin of everyone around me, and even to my own annoyance- despite enjoying every moment of it.. "Fugitive" feels a little bit too much like other songs they've done, and it signals a drop in quality. The chorus and verse are too closely connected, flowing together and feeling like they go nowhere. "Hurricane" continues, and it becomes clear that one of Bush's weaknesses is quite present on this album; forgettable songs.

Even back on Sixteen Stone, for every "Machine Head" and "Glycerine", there was at least a "Testosterone" and a "Monkey". At their very best, Bush write songs that lodge themselves so deeply into your brain tissue you're begging yourself to forget. At their worst... Well, like an operation under anesthesia, you know you experienced it, but you really don't remember. "Reasons", "Land of The Living", and "Out of This World" are like this. I don't list "Inflatable" because it's chorus actually does feature that sticky quality, despite the verses launching themselves at your mind and sliding off like they're water and your brain is a duck's back. (Have fun with that mental imagery.)

The album closes with "Float", as does their career, I suppose. And, you know, it feels like an ending, it's a grand song, it feels a lot like you are flying as he sings "As you fly into space...". The melody, words, and music come together perfectly, and seem the right way to end things, showing that despite all the forgettable songs, there's still that songwriting ability in there.

And so ended Bush, and I think the best way to sum up the album and their career, really, is to say; it was good.


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MassiveAttack
February 22nd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I remember I was going to review this, but that was so long ago and I really hated this album. A complete backwards step from The Science of Things, which is why I think it is so average. Not a bad review, especially for your first try. Hope to see more =)

Romulus
February 22nd 2010


8434 Comments


GOT A MACHINE HEAD

EVedder27
February 22nd 2010


6088 Comments


BETTER THAN THE REST

JWT155
February 22nd 2010


9245 Comments


Sixteen Stone rules, find most of their other stuff is dull even though I did enjoy Institute.

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

EliteChiefModerator
February 23rd 2010


251 Comments


"And so ended Bush, and I think the best way to sum up the album and their career, really, is to say;
it was good"


No. A better way to sum up would be "Bush were a shitty corporate rock band that contributed nothing
to the music world and Gavin Rossdale probably smells like feces"

EliteChiefModerator
February 23rd 2010


251 Comments


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r263/echelonbabe_84/Celebrities/GavinRossdaleRollingStoneCover.jpg

CutMan
February 23rd 2010


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hah. Well, it depends on whether or not you can just appreciate them as catchy radio rock. If you don't mind that they didn't do anything new, you can enjoy them. But I completely respect people who dislike them for it, it's kind of a matter of personal preference and perspective.

And, thanks very much, MassiveAttack. I actually struggled with the rating, it's was very tempting to rate it average, but the somehow, it didn't seem right with the good songs on it. And it wasn't a bad closer to their body of work. Even the band described it as coming full circle, and it does kind of seem that way.

Romulus
February 23rd 2010


8434 Comments


Gavin Rossdale is the biggest tool in existence. I can appreciate a couple of the singles from Sixteen Stone though.

CutMan
June 26th 2010


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And now Bush just has to come back and render my review dated.

Paul H.
July 11th 2010


56 Comments


Bush is better than nirvana

Romulus
July 11th 2010


8434 Comments


Nirvana's eh but Bush is worse

porch
July 11th 2010


8460 Comments


Anybody who honestly thinks Bush is better than Nirvana should suffer a gruesome death



rodrigo90
July 14th 2012


210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok so we have bush haters that said that bush is at the same level that nickelback or creed? REALLY?

sixdegrees
July 14th 2012


17027 Comments


yeah, they're mediocre rather than offensively bad

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Ire
July 14th 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

hmm

rodrigo90
July 15th 2012


210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If Gavin try to think a bit more then bush will became a great band again I swear

RogueNine
July 29th 2013


1271 Comments


Bush's albums have collectively been rated "good" by Sputnik so the final paragraph seems accurate.

Parallels
December 3rd 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

the people that we love is so fucking good even after all these years

how

RogueNine
December 4th 2013


1271 Comments


Singles, man. They've always written great singles.

Parallels
December 4th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

look at that solid stream of 3.0's in the ratings all on december 6th, I mean, it goes for like more than 15 users. i'd call bullshit but this is hardly the album to troll on.



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