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Oftentimes, when a performer emerges from a well-known band, he or she returns to action with a "lite" version of what's come before. With this, the first outing from his new band, Gavin Rossdale has done just the opposite, cooking up a concoction that might well be called "Bush heavy." Distort Yourself retains that band's moody insistence -- not altogether surprising, since Rossdale's at the controls, supported by guitarist Chris Traynor, who played in a latter-day version of that other band -- but ramps up the intensity considerably. As such, songs such as "The Heat of Your Love" -- a Soundgarden-styled lust-fest that Rossdale dedicates to wife Gwen Stefani -- move ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Oftentimes, when a performer emerges from a well-known band, he or she returns to action with a "lite" version of what's come before. With this, the first outing from his new band, Gavin Rossdale has done just the opposite, cooking up a concoction that might well be called "Bush heavy." Distort Yourself retains that band's moody insistence -- not altogether surprising, since Rossdale's at the controls, supported by guitarist Chris Traynor, who played in a latter-day version of that other band -- but ramps up the intensity considerably. As such, songs such as "The Heat of Your Love" -- a Soundgarden-styled lust-fest that Rossdale dedicates to wife Gwen Stefani -- move with more of a bulldozing swagger than a winsome slink. The band also seem to have spent some time boning up on their classic-rock textbooks, coming away from those cram sessions with a Zeppelin-borne Moroccan groove for "When Animals Attack" and a decidedly old-school sense of metallurgy for "Come On Over." Not all the touchstones on Distort Yourself are pre-Pistolian, however. Many of the disc's tunes -- most palpably "Seventh Wave" -- are laced with bracingly atonal guitar riffage that would pass the taste test with any fan of obscure post-post-punk. Distorted? You bet -- but the passion bleeds through with utmost clarity.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It should come as no great surprise that Institute, Gavin Rossdale's first band since breaking up Bush, sounds a whole lot like Bush. Rossdale wasn't just the frontman, he was the songwriter and architect of their sound, an Englishman enthralled with American grunge who was at first taken for a musical carpetbagger, but as the '90s rolled on, it became apparent that he was one of the few post-grunge rockers to really, truly believe in this stuff. As all the American grungesters abandoned the sound, Rossdale stuck with it, sometimes bringing in fashionable electronic beats as he did on Bush's final album, 2001's Golden State, but pretty much sticking to the same sound that he developed on Sixteen Stone. Although he'd been away for about five years -- during which time such odious neo-grunge bands as Nickelback and Puddle of Mudd appeared, both proving that Bush, like their American commercial grunge counterparts Stone Temple Pilots, were dealt with far too harshly at the peak of their success -- Rossdale didn't change much in his time out of the spotlight, and in a way he benefits from not being in the glare of the spotlight, since Institute's debut album, Distort Yourself, feels fresher than the last Bush album. It does help that Rossdale has joined forces with fellow '90s alt-metal survivor Page Hamilton, who sharpens the production with the precision he brought to Helmet, even if Institute never sounds as tightly wound or brutal as that fairly cerebral art-metal band. Nevertheless, Hamilton's approach to recording means that Distort Yourself is heavier and harder than any Bush album, even the Steve Albini-produced Razorblade Suitcase, yet it's also cleaner and sleeker; it cuts like a scalpel, not a dull knife. While Rossdale still falls prey to some embarrassing lyrical turns here and there -- the very title of "When Animals Attack" dredges up unfortunate memories of Fox's schlock nature exploitation TV special of the same name, while the sincerely crooned chorus of "this boombox needs batteries" is just mildly bewildering -- his songs are not only sturdy, it's his most consistent set of tunes since the heyday of Bush. And try as you may, it's hard not to compare Institute to Bush, since it's not only from the same writer/guitarist/singer, but because Rossdale's aesthetic has not changed over the last ten years; he remains doggedly faithful to grunge-inspired hard rock. He may not have changed his perspective, but changing his band and hiring a new, sympathetic producer has indeed slapped a fresh coat of paint on his signature sound, so Distort Yourself sounds livelier than anything he's done since Razorblade Suitcase. Not that it sounds hip, or even particularly relevant to the sound of 2005, but that doesn't matter -- Rossdale is carrying along as if nothing has changed, staying true to his vision, and those who have stuck with him will find Institute a nice revitalization for the ever-earnest post-grunge icon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498831779
  • Catalog Number: 000496802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bullet Proof Skin (4:25)
  2. 2 When Animals Attack (4:00)
  3. 3 Come on Over (3:57)
  4. 4 Information Age (3:42)
  5. 5 Wasteland (4:18)
  6. 6 Boom Box (4:36)
  7. 7 Seventh Wave (4:23)
  8. 8 The Heat of Your Love (3:33)
  9. 9 Ambulances (4:35)
  10. 10 Secrets and Lies (4:58)
  11. 11 Mountains (4:05)
  12. 12 Save the Robots (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Institute Primary Artist
Charlie Walker Drums, Musician
Josh Freese Musician
Page Hamilton Musician
Daniel Lanois Musician
Gavin Rossdale Vocals, Musician
Cache Tolman Bass Guitar, Musician
Chris Traynor Guitar, Musician
Technical Credits
Page Hamilton Producer, Audio Production
Gavin Rossdale Producer, Audio Production
Photek Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Ewing Jr. Engineer
Robert Fisher Art Direction
Richard Wilkinson Engineer
Mark Renk Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really should've gotten more publicity!

    First and foremost, if you're a Bush fan, buy this CD right now! There are so many Bush fans out there it's surprising that this CD didn't get out to them a lot better. I have been a Bush fan from age 11 and now 11 years later I was surprised to have only stumbled onto what is Gavin Rossdale's band after Bush. I like to describe 'Distort Yourself' as a Bush CD hopped up on Caffeine while sticking a fork in a light socket. Rossdale's lyrics and singing amidst these chugging guitars is a good fit and significantly adds to the grit of his music. I hope more Bush loyalists will find this CD and help coax Gavin into making another one instead that stinky heap that was his solo album 'I say Gwen made him create that mess'. Buy this CD right now! Do it!!

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