Sixteen Stone review by Bush

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  • Released: Dec 6, 1994
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9.1 (20 votes)
Bush: Sixteen Stone

Sound — 8
This album, considered by some as a response to American grunge band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album, maybe be the essence of grunge. Distorted guitars, strange as hell lyrics, gritty vocals, it's all there. However, as with all grunge bands, the sound and style are acquired tastes. If you're not used to this kind of sound, this album would probably not be a great place to start your grunge experience. Look to Nirvana for that.

Lyrics — 6
The lyrics in this album, as with any other grunge album, are disjointed, make only half sense, but fit with the style of music almost perfectly. Gavin Rossdale's voice is a wonderful blend of grittiness, tonality, and slight slurring, also complimenting the lyrics well. However, there are some points in the album when one thinks, "What the hell does that mean??" This can go on for songs at a time. Almost no artist can pull the feat of pointless lyrics off, as listeners mainly want music that they can relate to. Thus, this attribute of the album greatly reduces its quality.

Overall Impression — 8
The most obvious comparison to this album is, of course, Nirvana's "Nevermind" album, as many view "Sixteen Stone" as a Britain's response to the US's grunge craze. However, "Nevermind" is an extremely good album and it's hard to best it. "Sixteen Stone" fails to do that, but that doesn't mean it's not a good album. Songs like "Machinehead", "Everything Zen", and, of course, "Glycerine" make this album possibly one of the best grunge albums ever. Just not as good as "Nevermind".

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    Definatley ranks up there with "Nevermind" or Pearl Jam's "Ten" its a definate 10. All the songs rocked, especially Glycerine and Machinehead
    brianstlouis wrote: you dumbass, nirvana didn't invent grunge if that's what you're saying. kurt, chris and dave formed a band that complimented and really captured their influences, (green river, pearl jam, mudhoney, sonic youth, etc..) those are some of the original grunge bands, trust me man nirvana is ****ing amazing, they are my favourite band, but they don't "define" grunge, you're blind and ignorant if you say that. bush is a fracking sick grunge band, and in my opinion this is their best album, grunge is about freedom, it was created to break away from stereotypes, not become one! from the punk to rock, the 90's will never ever STOP!!! peace
    All true except the part about pearl jam, Kurt hated them
    kurt didn't hate pearl jam, they even made a cover... my sharona which is on the outcesticides albums.... dah
    i wouldnt say its as good as nevermind but its definitely pretty good. glycerine and machinehead are great
    im sick of nirvana being the head honchos, im mean dont get me wrong their great but they were far from the inventors of grunge or the best grunge has to other...
    How the **** did this get a 9? This is a 10 album, seriously as good as nevermind, I would put it as one of the greatest albums out there. Glycerine, Come Down and Machinehead are great songs