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Commercial or not, this is not good
on 28 October 2009
I approached this album as open-mindedly as possible. Despite being a fan of Bush I was prepared to not judge this by any preconceptions. However I have to say that regardless of what he's done before this album simply is far from being up to scratch. Most of the album is pretty decent in the musicial department except for one thing... the vocals. Despite catchy riffs and a decent (if somewhat commercial) rock/metal ethic to the sound it all falls apart at the vocals.
The singing isn't out of tune and Gavin Rossdale has always had a goos inging voice, however it's the lyrics themselves that really let the side down and make for very tough listening. Pretty much every line feels extremely hackneyed, cliched and lightweight. It totally ruins the listening experience and is completely off-putting for the whole album.
To get the most out of this album I could only recommend it to people who don't understand English. The muscianship is fine but the lyrics are cringe-worthy on virtually every track.