WCB Music Writer
Sea of Memories
Released - September 13, 2011
Producer - Bob Rock
Label - Zuma Rock Records
The album was produced by Bob Rock and holds the typical alternative-rock edgy, adventurous sound, but it lacks a pull for listeners. The 12 tracks can be complimented for holding true to the sound of Bush’s past releases when it comes to vocal arrangements over the spaced beats of music. The bland manner of the newer songs is found in the lack of persistence in rhythm.
“The Sound of Winter” has a beat that is faster than most of the other songs, which gives potential to have the catchy feel that brings remembrance to a song. However, the song does not have building blocks leading to a climax. It begins with a monotone sound that continues through the entirety of the track. The lyrics “The bleeding love, the silent escape. You’ve got to hang on to yourself,” conveys a message of hope in its contradicting words. It is the most beautifully written song on the album, but the depth lacks the element of audacious feeling by remaining average with monotone beats.
The ballad “All Night Doctors,” delivers relatable emotions through the words, and is memorable because of the distinctive piano accompaniment. On the contrary, “Red Light” brings the known sound of Bush’s youth and combines it with a modern pop beat carrying a rhythmic-energetic essence. It is the only time on the album that the two mixed-genre sounds progress smoothly.
For some bands, what happened in the ‘90s should stay in the ‘90s.