Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Sixteen Stone [Australia]|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Special limited edition release, in a double slimline jewel case, adds an acoustic version of 'Come Down' to their triple platinum debut album and also includes a four track bonus disc of live recordings from March 1996. 1... more »
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Special limited edition release, in a double slimline jewel case, adds an acoustic version of 'Come Down' to their triple platinum debut album and also includes a four track bonus disc of live recordings from March 1996. 17tracks.
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After the dust has settled, I like this CD a lot
Daniel Maltzman | Arlington, MA, USA | 03/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Bush was really popular, I was not a fan. I let my bias interfere with my enjoyment of their music.
I'll get the negative stuff out of the way.
When I first heard singles on the radio in 1995 from Bush, I really hated them. So I can understand why people do not like this band. I'll state the obvious: they are totally unoriginal. They were/are Nirvana clones and just jumped on the grunge bandwagon. Pretty/pinup boy Gavin Rossdale's poor me/torctured lyrics sound contrived and calculated; just waiting to be eaten up by a nation of high school kids. In short, Bush was the Bon Jovi of the grunge/alternative movement. They were trend-followers. If Bush had come out in 1988, they would have had teased hair and played hair-metal.
Having said that, ten years after the fact, I find myself quite fond of this album. About a year ago, I stopped in at a used CD shop and bought this album out of nostalgia, as I had never owned a copy during Bush's heyday. I put it in my discman and was transported back in time; it was 1995, I was still in High School, Bill Clinton was still the President, and I had never heard of Creed or Limp Bizkit.
When I listen to "Sixteen Stone" now, I find that this is actually a very good album. It's a modern rock classic. Sure it's contrived and unoriginal, but the songs themselves are excellent. From the opener "Everything Zen" to the closing "x-girlfriend" there really aren't any bad songs. This album contains some of the very best radio-singles from 90's rock. "Everything Zen," "Little Things" and "Glycerine" are some of the most memorable songs from that era. The entire album is well crafted and written. Every song has a good hook and grove. Nigel Pulsford is an excellent guitar player and the album is chock-full of killer solos, something that was lacking in popular music just a few year later (Korn, Limp Bizkit).
In conclusion; no this band was not all that original, but they still wrote great songs. Furthermore, this album has stood the test of time. It does sound dated, but paradoxically, it also sounds as fresh today as it did when it first came out. Furthermore, everything I used to hate about this band-how it was contrived, it's cookie-cutter singles, it's pretty-boy frontman with anguished lyrics and perfect-cheek bones--everything I used to hate, I now find to be charming. "Sixteen Stone" is a 90s gem. It is a perfect time capsule and still-photo of a certain time and era. And most importantly, it rocks!"
Bush's own sound
tenor_in_training | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many good rock stations still often play selections from this smashing album that first of all features a group of very good musicians. Of course they don't sound like Nirvana, the lyrics tend to be more edgy and music way heavier, if less controversial for the time. I bought it in 1995, very soon after it came out and I am still impressed with the album's longevity. I think this is because their music speaks to you, not only through poetic brooding expressiveness of lyrics in "Comedown" and "Swim" but also through powerful arrangements of "Little Things" and "Machine Head". By no means is Bush a head-banging fare; they are a thinking man's rock group, so to speak. Their subsequent releases featured some great songs, such as "Greedy Fly" or "Chemicals Between Us" but somehow the mood of poetic desperation has diminished. This album is definitely one of the best things that the 90s had to offer, particularly the beautiful dreamy "Comedown", possibly the band's best song. The record company graciously included a booklet that contains all the lyrics and a picture of the band."
Bush's Best CD So Far
Daniel Maltzman | 03/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After hearing Comedown on the radio back in '94, I was an immediate fan of Bush and bought their debut album, Sixteen Stone, shortly after it was released. Eight years later, it's still my favorite Bush CD. Although they've put out a few others since then, Sixteen Stone far surpasses their newer stuff. I doubt I'll ever get sick of this CD. Six reasons why: Everything Zen (#1), Little Things (#4, reminiscent of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit), Comedown (#5, which is still one of my favorite all-time songs; love the bass on this one), Machinehead (#7), Monkey (#9), and Alien (#11, I prefer this ballad over Glycerine, basically because Glycerine was being overplayed on the radio at the time).If you're a Bush fan (or just a fan of alternative music), then you should definitely pick this one up. You won't be disappointed; there's something for everyone: high-energy songs like Everything Zen, Little Things, Machinehead, and X-Girlfriend (a mere 45 seconds long; tough lyrics too ;), as well as softer, moodier ones like Bomb, Comedown, Alien, and Glycerine (Gavin Rossdale's solo song that most chics seem to love; hmm, I wonder why? ;)."