Bush Live /The Sea of Memories Boxset
Bush have always kind of passed me by for some reason. They’ve been on my personal periphery for donkey’s years but have released some decent material in that time. They were around in the nineties when I was plying my trade in the same indie/alt/rock arena as these guys. I knew of them, but I never became acquainted with them. Still…
The band, mainly due to the single-minded leadership of main-man Gavin Rossdale, went on to sell 16 million albums over the years, following the enormous success of their first two releases “Sixteen Stone” and “Razorblade Suitcase” that spawned the big hits “Everything Zen” and “Swallowed” respectively.
Directed by Hank Lena and filmed in the autumn of 2011 at Portland Oregon’s Roseland Theater, “LIVE!” provides a nicely intimate view of a band returning to top form. Although Rossdale comes across as a slightly awkward, almost embarrassed, performer at times, his rapport with his audience is undeniable – check out the “walkabout” on “The Afterlife” and you’ll get my meaning.
He talks to them in-between songs like an old mate wanting to be forgiven for not calling for a while, and even introduces the wrong song at one point, but it’s all rather endearing and sweet. He is, after all, amongst friends.
There are positives and negatives, of course. Rossdale’s voice breaks in parts, Robin Goodridge’s snare sound is boxy beyond words, bass player Corey Britz is as solid as a rock, and the bearded six-stringer Chris Traynor is in great form, but put it all together and you’ve got a winner.
Their performances of the new songs (the aforementioned “The Afterlife,” and “I Believe In You”) and the older material (“Glycerine” and “Machinehead” in particular) are assured and well delivered. It’s a band that’s truly back in the swing, in it’s natural habitat, and looking good to go on and swing some more.
Included with the box is Bush’s newest, and easily most accomplished, album “The Sea Of Memories.” Produced by Bob Rock, although a little thinly at times, it features some well crafted moments with “The Mirror Of The Signs,” “All My Life,” and “The Sound Of Winter” standing out particularly. Add to that a CD of unreleased extras and you have a bargain.
This boxset is a limited edition euro-only release. As you’ve got all the way through my review, I’ve got three copies of the boxed set to give away, courtesy of the guys at Ear Music. All you have to do is correctly answer the following question;
The first three correct answers get a copy.
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