Bush’s eighth album is The Kingdom, a record that was supposed to be supported by a big tour. Of course, that didn’t happen with COVID, but after a few delays the album has dropped.
First, the good news. The latest from Bush is decent. It’s not their best work, but it’s not their worst either. There’s a lot of middling rock with touches of intensity, but mostly it’s just heavy on guitar and light on melodies. Gavin Rossdale still knows how to make good rock songs, but he’s over writing hooks these days. Apart from “Flowers on the Grave” there’s nothing that’s really going to suck people in like some of the band’s older works. Still, no hooks aside, there’s a lot of really good music here that holds up well when thinking about the overall catalogue of work from Bush. The guitars are big and crunchy, the album sounds big, and Rossdale is still an elite frontman.
Now, for the bad. This feels like a Bush record that’s been made before. Really it feels eerily similar to the band’s past couple of records that they’ve made since their comeback. There’s nothing that really stands out on most of the new music, but there’s still plenty to go through if you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane in a different ride.
Bush’s eighth album, The Kingdom is an album that’s meant to support a tour. That’s not happening so this record has to get moving on its own and then carry all of its momentum on its own too. We’ll see how it’s received as the weeks go by. Ultimately this album coming out can be seen as a win, even if could have been a better album.