Picks and Pans Review: Razorblade Suitcase
Like the best American grunge bands, England's Bush knows how to gild assaultive rock with radio-friendly melodies. Their debut album, 1994's Sixteen Stone, bristled with chain-saw guitar riffs and infectious hooks. Alas, this sophomore effort Bushwhacks listeners with blunt, instantly forgettable songs. Leader Gavin Rossdale renders his compositions in his usual rasp, but his stream-of-consciousness lyrics crumble with-out the support of melodic pillars. The album's best song is the infectious "Swallowed." But other tracks seem like dark explorations into anguish, misery and death. Unfortunately, they alienate more than enlighten. (Trauma/Interscope)
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