Science of Things

The Science of Things

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"I memorize the basics" goes the first line from Bush's third studio album, which pretty much sums up the band's aesthetic. Bush's multi-platinum success stems from their understanding of what's worked throughout rock history -- melodic power pop, grunge, noise-punk -- and applying it with liberal doses of showmanship and …  See more details below

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"I memorize the basics" goes the first line from Bush's third studio album, which pretty much sums up the band's aesthetic. Bush's multi-platinum success stems from their understanding of what's worked throughout rock history -- melodic power pop, grunge, noise-punk -- and applying it with liberal doses of showmanship and Gavin Rossdale's overpowering, post-Cobain sex appeal. On THE SCIENCE OF THINGS, Bush continue to craft a simple, catchy set of rockers and ballads, and they've thrown some alluring new stylistic moves into the mix for good measure. "The Chemicals Between Us" features electronic percussion and gurgling keyboards, "Altered States" is driven by a deep dub bass line and fluttering electronics, and "English Fire" contrasts surging, humming guitars with shimmering strings. No, it won't revolutionize modern rock, but this is Bush's best, most experimental album to date -- and one that's a far sight more engaging than a simple recitation of the basics.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For their third album, The Science of Things, Bush returned to Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the Madness producers who helmed Sixteen Stone, but along the way, they fell out with the duo. Rossdale claimed the two were only credited on the album for legal reasons, and that the real work was done by the band with engineer Tom Elmhirst, which is probably true, since it's slicker than Razorblade Suitcase but doesn't glisten like Stone. Science is carefully crafted and sequenced, flowing nicely from hard rockers to power ballads, and it plays better than the disjointed Razorblade Suitcase due to studiocraft, since the measured, detailed production fleshes out songs held together by a bare minimum of hooks and melodies. Without hooks, Rossdale's emotive, gut-wrenching vocals and the band's hard, heavy delivery are all this record has to offer. Still, Bush's earnestness is unavoidable, and they're undoubtedly sincere and have delivered a professional record.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Trauma
UPC:
0788647405227
catalogNumber:
74052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bush   Primary Artist
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Rosie Wetters   Cello
Alison Dodds   Violin
Claire Ashby   Violin
David Lasserson   Viola
Sacha Puttnam   Piano,Strings
Wired Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Unleashed   Cover Design
Clive Langer   Producer
Robin Goodridge   Contributor
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Bush   Producer
Dave Guy Parsons   Contributor
Nigel Pulsford   Contributor
Gavin Rossdale   Producer
Johnny Rockstar   Programming,Engineer
Rosie Wetters   String Arrangements
Tom Elmhirst   Engineer,Digital Editing
Kimberly Holt   Cover Photo
Aidan Love   Programming
Sacha Puttnam   String Arrangements

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The Science of Things 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bush was one of the biggest rock bands from England of all time.. some people love to hate Bush, or love to love Bush. But, if you love to love Bush, you'll definently enjoy their newest album
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bush's new CD, The Science of Things, is their best yet. This was my first Bush CD I bought and I love it! The lyrics are so realistic and you can really tell that the band has matured a great deal. There are so many great songs on the album, that I haven't been able to put down the CD for weeks now! And, Gavin, if you're reading this, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! XOXO
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Bush cd I ever had, and it got me hooked. Bush has stayed true to themselves as a band, and that in itself is worth loving them. Their music is teh best.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Wonderful album fool of angst and sorrow. I have to say, that I noticed Bush has always put out amazing ballads and "Letting the Cables Sleep" and "40 Miles from the Son" are two of my favorite songs by them. Not to say their heavier songs aren't good. "Warm Machine" almost gives you the feeling that you are indeed a warm machine and the "Chemicals Between Us" is an amazingly well put together song. There are a couple other classics on this cd, but those are the standouts.