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FIRST REACTION: BUSH - "MAN ON THE RUN"

"It's alright," Gavin Rossdale assures during one of Man On The Run's deluxe edition tracks "Let Yourself Go". The Bush singer and frontman could very well be commenting on the state of rock 'n' roll with that line…


Contrary to popular belief, rock music is actually alright, especially because Bush unveil their heaviest and most hypnotic offering since Razorblade Suitcase on October 21, 2014. Man On The Run taps into the guttural grit of Sixteen Stone, while simultaneously embracing the elctro-sparked melodies of The Science of Things, crafting a definitive statement in the process.

The aforementioned "Let Yourself Go" sails between the expansive titular refrain and throbbing distortion, capturing that nineties gusto millions of fans feel in love with, while tempering it with an elegant sense of melody. At the same time, the pensive and potent "Loneliness Is A Killer" nods to the psychedelic snap of Soundgarden's Superunknown as Rossdale's howl entrances. Opener "Just Like My Other Sins" kicks off via one of the band's most punchy riffs ever as Rossdale announces, "There's no Miss America when you're on the run" and "no one will survive". The tension builds with an industrial sheen before culminating on a catchy chorus of "I wish you could be different sometimes". On the other end of the spectrum, the ballad flirtations of "Surrender" make for a nice juxtaposition with the more slamming moments.

Everything concludes during the big, yet vulnerable "Eye of the Storm". It's an artful closing statement bolstered by clean guitars and one of Rossdale's most powerful performances on the album. Man On The Run encompasses everything audiences love about Bush. In that sense, it's not only the ultimate album from the band, but shining proof rock music is alive and kicking. Everything is alright after all. 

Rick Florino
10.13.14


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