The reformation of Bush has given us another great piece of music from the alternative crevice of the spectrum of music, their eighth studio album The Kingdom.
Don’t think that Bush are the same band when they released their first four albums: Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things and Golden State, as the band has lost all the original members with exception of singer/guitarist Gavin Rossdale.
Naturally, the sound will change as the musicians that have filled in the rhythm section starting with Bassist Corey Britz, lead guitarist Chris Traynor and the recently joined drummer Gil Sharone have all different qualities and they add the depth and space needed to keep Bush relevant in the modern rock scene, but the new vision Gavin Rossdale is heading towards.
The music has some nice guitar riffs and hooks that circulate perfectly around the vocals, which grabs you, together with the thumbing of the bass and the rhythmic playing of the drums.
The Flowers On A Grave sets the heaviness of the whole album and the song that deals with loneliness and stretching to the end of your days.
A new kind of world is the The Kingdom with lots of different situations that people live their lives, whether they are happy or not.
The recent Keanu Reeves and third instalment of the John Wick’s character who only wants to live without the threat of being whacked, Parabellum’s theme song is the tense track Bullet Holes.
Ghosts In The Machine has a rebellion angle to the lyrics, with a sense that a .45 will get you through the day, week or god forbid the year!
After being handy with a handgun the Blood River acts as a bridge for the next level of being tossed and bruised by the flow of red water.
This is a rallying cry of love and not letting someone slide down into Quicksand a more metal song; until the end of the song, where Gavin ends with, “We are Quicksand, slow love, fast hand!”
A slow burner musically and having a more poignant message in Send In The Clowns, as the truth behind someone’s visage gets revealed and more haunting that the clown could be the serial killer, the same as some 1970s horror films.Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch
Getting more downbeat and turning the guitars down a few notches in the Undone adds to this poignant tension, which Bush do well across their repertoire.
Kicking out the blues and shaking things up with the high energy of Our Time Will Come, a positive message of searching for something great!
Following the need to punch through walls and fall through floorboards brings the dust flying in all directions in Crossroads.
Using some Eastern scales for the introduction and throughout to Words Are Not Impediments, which is more about being educated, if only slightly, but enough to be able to communicate and understand people.
Falling Away is an epic sending-off, which has both those vulnerable pieces of music and sentimental nature of Gavin’s vocals.
The Kingdom is available at Bush store