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I'm listening to it right now, don't try and stop me.
Nigel's lead guitar is severely underated. It sounds like he is literally fighting his guitar at the end of Comedown.
In my humble opinion.
Man. I haven't listened to them in years - I did love em!
I remember Razorblade Suitcase was the album which kinda broke them over year with Swallowed but I agree, Science of things was probably their best album.
Especially on Razorblade Suitcase - the actual arrangements on there were far more intricate than any of the bands they got lumped in with.
It was the truly atrocious lyrics. So, so poor
I swear there is a line in Little Things that goes "My willy's your food", great song but lyrics so bad it hurts. Ditto for Everything Zen which was a bizarre hit...
Quite liked them otherwise, they had enough going for them to discount the Nirvana-lite tag anyway. They reformed for shows last year, yes?
I really don't understand all the shit Razorblade Suitcase got, though perhaps at the time I was too young to understand the reasons behind it. Musically that is an excellent rock album, and I'll wheel out my #1 controversial indie opinion again - possibly Steve Albini's biggest success in terms of the actual recording.
The lyrics though, especially on Sixteen Stone, are pretty dire, and I guess this, alongside Gavin Rossdale's easy to hate rock star persona, was the reason they got so much stick.
The Science Of Things actually any good? I remember it being totally average, with a couple of decent tracks thrown in.
If the NME hadn't totally slated Razorblade Suitcase I think a lot more people would allow themselves to like it. Good album.
Bush named 'Sixteen Stone' after the average weight of their groupies.
It sounds raw and lush at the same time, and has lots of complete silences in the middle of songs. An incredible SOUNDING record. Again, truly awful lyrics that ruin the album completely
seemed very harsh from the NME at the time, along with the lazy label of Diet Nirvana or similar so often slapped on Bush. But while the guitars may have rocked now and then, the whining vocals and risible lyrics didn't help their cause.
Still, the US loved them so much more.
They named the band after the main thing they were trying to acquire by starting a band.