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on 22 May 2004
Razorblade Suitcase was a very important album for Bush. Their first album, the superb "Sixteen Stone" was released to massive commercial success, and a mauling from the critcs who dubbed the band "Nirvana Lite". As such, you would have thought Bush would try to distance themselves from Nirvana for the all-important sophomore effort. This makes their decision to hire producer Steve Albini, the man at the helm or Nirvana's final album, all the more confusing. You can almost see the thought process - hiring indie legend Albini should add an underground credibility to the album, but in retrospect hiring a man most famous for Nirvana's final album was not a good idea. It didn't help them lose the Nirvana rip-off tag, and like In Utero, this is not an easy listen. As such, this album had a similar effect to In Utero - it alienated a large portion of the band's fan base. This album had decent sales, but nowhere near the amount of it's predecessor. The reason for this was simple - where Sixteen Stone had a load of hits, this album had two. Only two songs, albeit two excellent songs, "Swallowed" and "Greedy Fly", were ever going to make a dent on the charts, nothing else on the album is immediate as "Everything Zen", "Little Things", "Comedown" or "Machinehead", and there's no huge ballad on this album akin to "Glycerine" from the last one ("Bonedriven" tries, but doesn't really cut it). That's not to say the rest of the album is bad, it isn't, but very little of it is particularly memorable. This is a good album, and one most Bush fans will want to own, but it isn't going to convert many people who aren't already Bush fans. Worth getting for "Swallowed", "Greedy Fly" and a number of solid album tracks.
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on 26 July 2003
It seems that Bush are either hailed as one of the greatest rock bands in Britain or dismissed as grunge wannabes.
In truth they come somewhere in between. While tracks like 'Greedy Fly' and 'Insect Kin' are dark and moody, with heavy guitars, 'Tendency to Light Fires' is top-notch straight forward rock, and single 'Swallowed' a very good grunge song, the rest of the album just seems to drag.
None of the tracks are truly terrible, but are merely average. They often sound too similar to each other, to the point that listening to the whole album can become tediously boring and samey. Gavin Rossdale's vocals don't help much either - they lack in any real variety, and his whine can definitely prove irritating when listened to for too long.
'Razorblade Suitcase' is not a bad album. It will definitely appeal more to some than others, and is worth a listen in case you should find out you like it.
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on 28 October 2014
This 2014 remaster of Bush's second album brings it right up date, sonically.

The sound is a 'booming' improvement on the original, and rightly so as audio technology has come a long way since those days. I listened to this LOUDLY through expensive headphones. 'Insect Kin' blows your ears out, in a good way!
Big thumbs up to the boys for getting this remastered, along with the 2st and 3rd studio albums. A real quality job.

Now, for the artwork. This REALLY lets these packages down. They are basically scanned and reprinted documents, but incredibly blurry, and you can see where the original booklets were folded during the scanning process. If you still own the original CD releases, then keep your booklets!
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on 28 January 2013
This is a fabulous album by London Indy band Bush. If you haven't ever heard anything by this group I would advise you to get or at least listen to their first album called Sixteen Stone. The critics gave it four and five stars, however they said that Razorblade was nowhere near as good. I would have to disagree there. It was not a commercially good but it sounds brilliant. You should get it, so get it!!!
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on 3 November 2007
I really liked this album and I like "The Science of things" but this album like that one needs to be developed more. The sounds improved but the songs need to be better written. Some are just droning scrapes and mutterings - which is fine but it does'nt work.

"Swallowed's" good and "Greedy Fly" is the stand out, but if Gavin Rossdale had taken the time to develop the songs more, this could of been so much better, or let the other members have input??? Would it of hurt.

I think that was the disintergration of these guys.
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on 6 June 2007
An incomprehensibly underrated album from an incomprehensibly underrated band, this is Bush's tour de force. The unfavorable comparisons to Nirvana have always baffled me - Bush have never sounded anything like Nirvana, and on this album they produced what is, in my opinion, one of the five best alternative rock records of the 90s. This is essential listening for anyone who likes dark, tortured rock music, impeccably played and uncompromisingly produced.
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on 6 October 1999
Their debut 'Sixteen Stone' sold well over six-times-platinumwhich not many other bands have ever done. So with all this rush of success do they have their heads screwed on correctly? They pull in one of the best to record them Steve Albini who has recorded Nirvana. This starts a feud between Dave Grohl from the Foo Fightes as they sound like Nirvana on a moor mellow day. Their first song 'Personal Holloway' is a very focused song, which shows there mind set. The next is 'Greedy Fly' which is not to bad the big song off the album is 'Swallowed' which will have you shouting it on the dance floor for along time to come. Other song that have a more mature nature are 'Straight No Chaser and Bone Driven' with the vocals thrown into the background which give a good feel to the album.
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on 3 November 2014
Had the track I was after "Swallowed". Fantastic.
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on 14 March 2006
This album would count as one the worst I've ever bought. I spent a few years listening to Swallow and ignoring the rest of the album. When I finally decided to listen to it all the way through I gave myself a serious challenge. Gavin Rossdale groans along over barely constructed songs so monotonous as to begin to erradicate your will to live.
Do NOT buy this based on Swallowed (which listening to thre rest of this album put me off). If you like Bush's other albums maybe this would be worth a look but otherwise still well clear.
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on 17 July 2001
While not quite as good as "Sixteen Stone", this album is still one of the best ever rock albums. The earlier tracks have faster, more grungy sounds, and the later tracks are more relaxed, which is a good thing, because it follows what will be happening in your mind as you listen. There is something for everyone here. My favourite tracks have got to be "Greedy Fly" and "Tendency to to start fires", but none of the tracks are bad. A must buy - it will become a classic.
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