Bush
Sixteen Stone


3.5
great

Review

by Green Baron USER (116 Reviews)
March 31st, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't let the days go by...

The year is 1994. Bush's Sixteen Stone cracks the Top 5 in the album charts. When its singles start to burn up the airwaves, you're either one of three people.

The grunge purist who thinks that this album is nothing but a rip-off of their favorite genre, claiming that Bush will never be as big as Nirvana, and are just stealing their thunder and taking advantage of a popular genre.

The Bush fanboy, who feels the honor to defend their favorite band's work, stating that Bush's sound is not a rip-off of Nirvana, and instead is a new type of music.

Or, you're just a casual music listener who thinks that Sixteen Stone is a solid debut for Bush, one of the pioneers for a genre that would later be called post-grunge.

Gavin Rossdale's vocals are kind of reminiscent of a British version of Kurt Cobain, but it's not as blatant as Bush's detractors will have you think. His vocals are actually pretty good for post-grunge, considering some of the the terrible post-grunge frontmen that came later on (*cough*Chad Kroeger*cough*). However, sometimes Rossdale's vocals do get boring at some points, such as on "Alien", which goes on for six minutes and really drags on toward the end.

The first half of the album is clearly the better part, with energetic and catchy post-grunge jams. From the instantly memorable riff of "Machinehead" to the great drumming of "Little Things", Bush really started the album on a high note. The singles are mostly great, especially "Comedown" and "Machinehead". Some of the lesser known songs are also decent, like "Swim" and "Body", the latter of which you can really feel the passion in Rossdale's voice as he asks "Are you paralyzed?".

After a memorable first half, the second half is full of filler and really ruins the album. "Testosterone" is sterile and insanely repetitive, repeating the phrase "I'm real full of it" fifteen times at the end of the song, while "Alien" is unmemorable due to Rossdale's boring vocals and drags on for six and a half minutes. Luckily, "Glycerine" saves the otherwise boring and unmemorable second half. The biggest hit from the album, "Glycerine" is a ballad that deserves all of its success. You can clearly see why this song propelled them to fame; Rossdale's soft, but honest vocals, and moving lyrics (well, at least in the chorus).

Some of the lyrics on this album are truly horrendous. They range from peculiar ("Raindogs howl for the century, a million dollars a steak" in "Everything Zen") to just nonsensical and stupid ("I’m real straight, you wanna see my peccadillos, hot dog, 7:30 every morning" in "Testosterone").

In the end, Sixteen Stone is a fairly decent debut album. The second half is full of filler, and the lyrics can be ridiculous and laughable at times. However, the first six tracks are mostly excellent, and some of Bush's best songs are on this album. This is Bush's best album, and they gradually went downhill from then. Overall, this album has its flaws as well as its highlights, and should be picked up by any post-grunge fan.



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nononsense
March 30th 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its a 5

sixdegrees
March 30th 2013


17190 Comments


lol

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demigod!
March 30th 2013


44715 Comments


DONT LET THOSE DAAAYYYYS GO BYE


GLYCERINE

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Ecnalzen
March 30th 2013


6687 Comments


Machinehead is awesome.

oltnabrick
March 30th 2013


31078 Comments


i own this, idk where it is tho



but i have it

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demigod!
March 30th 2013


44715 Comments


5 IT

YoYoMancuso
March 30th 2013


11149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Third best album ever next to HT and Meteora

sixdegrees
March 30th 2013


17190 Comments


pls no

YoYoMancuso
March 30th 2013


11149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

don't fight the trvth six

oltnabrick
March 30th 2013


31078 Comments


17% off

tempest--
March 30th 2013


13874 Comments


Good album, "Everything Zen" is probst my favourite track

demigod!
March 30th 2013


44715 Comments


yoyo is that 5 legit bro

bach
March 30th 2013


12889 Comments


BREATHE IN
BREATHE OUT
BREATHE IN
BREATH OUT

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tempest--
March 30th 2013


13874 Comments


thanks bach I forgot what to do for a moment there

oltnabrick
March 30th 2013


31078 Comments


now u know !!!

YoYoMancuso
March 30th 2013


11149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yoyo is that 5 legit bro


look in the sidebar i reviewed this

Ecnalzen
March 30th 2013


6687 Comments


...but your review is a 2.5...

YoYoMancuso
March 30th 2013


11149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i know, it answers his question of whether or not my rating is legit

Gwyn.
March 31st 2013


15160 Comments


but you obviously set your mind straight and realized this is a life changer right

lostforwords
March 31st 2013


446 Comments


This is fairly enjoyable, Everything Zen, Machinehead, Comeback Down and Glycerine are all great, but yeah you're right this is the new age: "We need 4 singles and 8 other songs, we got ourselves a record"



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