Bush have released Black And White Rainbows, their seventh studio album going back to their 1994 debut on Interscope Records. The new LP is released on frontman Gavin Rossdale’s Zuma Rock Records label and contains 15 songs covering 57 minutes.
Hailing from London, England, Bush were one of the most popular rock bands in the ’90s with radio hits and fan-favorite albums Sixteen Stone and Razorblade Suitcase. Fast forward to 2017 and they still maintain a strong fanbase, but they haven’t necessarily had the same success with their new songs and albums in the new millennium.
On Black and White Rainbows, Rossdale and the band sound a lot like they did 20 years ago, but they have certainly matured — which is a blessing and a curse. Fans should be able to identify the music quickly, but Bush are at their best when they are pushing the boundaries of adrenaline-fueled rock with creative songwriting. The songs here are generally pretty safe.
The risks and experiments that the band takes are generally with electronic production and vocal processing. Unfortunately, some of those techniques rob the music of its human elements and makes things sound less exciting than they would probably be in a more live setting.
It’s not that Black And White Rainbows is a bad album. It’s a fine album, and certain tracks sound particularly inspired and memorable. Our favorite songs are “Peace-S,” “Lost In You,” “Nurse,” and “The Edge of Love.” However, we could have done without “Water,” “Ray of Light,” and “Dystopia.”
Black And White Rainbows is currently available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above for free, via Spotify.
For more, check out the Bush Zumic artist page.