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EDITORS’ NOTES

These British grunge bandwagoneers wrote some undeniably catchy tunes back in the ‘90s and their first album since 2001’s Golden State is another successful collection of ultra-catchy hooks and powerful production. With producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe) ensuring the guitars soar and the vocals rise to the occasion, The Sea of Memories hits some very high points. “All My Life” is a tune that sounds like the Bush of old. Except that’s guitarist Chris Traynor from singer Gavin Rossdale’s Institute working in place of Nigel Pulsford alongside new bassist Corey Britz. It’s essentially Rossdale’s show. It’s his distinctive growl that brings home the note-perfect chorus of “The Afterlife.” The ballad “All Night Doctors” sounds as emotively powerful as emo legends Smoking Popes. “Baby Comes Home” evokes memories of their classic “Everything Zen.” While Bush never received the critical kudos at the time, the band’s genuine pursuit of the perfect hard- rock single lends an urgency to solid album tracks such as “I Believe In You” and “The Heart of the Matter.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

These British grunge bandwagoneers wrote some undeniably catchy tunes back in the ‘90s and their first album since 2001’s Golden State is another successful collection of ultra-catchy hooks and powerful production. With producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe) ensuring the guitars soar and the vocals rise to the occasion, The Sea of Memories hits some very high points. “All My Life” is a tune that sounds like the Bush of old. Except that’s guitarist Chris Traynor from singer Gavin Rossdale’s Institute working in place of Nigel Pulsford alongside new bassist Corey Britz. It’s essentially Rossdale’s show. It’s his distinctive growl that brings home the note-perfect chorus of “The Afterlife.” The ballad “All Night Doctors” sounds as emotively powerful as emo legends Smoking Popes. “Baby Comes Home” evokes memories of their classic “Everything Zen.” While Bush never received the critical kudos at the time, the band’s genuine pursuit of the perfect hard- rock single lends an urgency to solid album tracks such as “I Believe In You” and “The Heart of the Matter.”

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