Wanderlust - Gavin Rossdale
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  • Summary: The ex-Bush frontman returns with his first solo album produced by Bob Rock.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nothing here is complicated or profound; melodies go where you expect them to, while dynamics follow the quiet-loud pattern Nirvana turned into a recipe. Yet there's an appealing guilelessness to Rossdale's writing that gives the predictable a whiff of universality.
  2. Wanderlust is, at best, a bright collection of Daughtry-esque rock boasting anthems. [6 Jun 2008, p.117]
  3. He's a better vocalist and more charismatic than most of the dullards who followed in his wake--but this is still deliberately tepid music, more concerned about appearances than hooks or drama.
  4. Rossdale's heart is in the grim, grandiose stuff, bellowing his pain in Vedderian rumble, and forever striving to be deep and meaningful, a goal that exceeds his gifts as a songwriter.
  5. Wanderlust is instantly forgettable.
  6. 40
    Rossdale still has that sexy catch in his throat, but his new songs are ass, evoking a mealy-mouthed, cliché-ridden, bombastic Chris Cornell solo joint more than Bush, and whoever Auto-Tuned the vocals has some explaining to do.
  7. For all of the introspection on this record, it sounds strangely hollow and thin, lacking the hefty substance that drew everyone to Rossdale’s former work.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. DeenJ.
    Jun 6, 2008
    8
    This is a good record. This would be a mediocre Bush record at best, but it's a Gavin Rossdale solo cd. The hooks are This is a good record. This would be a mediocre Bush record at best, but it's a Gavin Rossdale solo cd. The hooks are plentiful...I'm assuming the Blender review was done ala Maxim's Black Crowes review. The chord progressions are a bit trite (hence my 8), but the production masks them with such an airy soundscape that I don't even mind after repeated listens. Expand
  2. DianeM.
    Jun 5, 2008
    2
    Everything is just so formulaic and empty. It goes nowhere, and really says nothing.
  3. StephenU.
    Sep 2, 2008
    1
    More vapid than Bush, which is a pretty mean feat. Hats off, Mr. Rossdale.
  4. FelipeP.
    Jun 7, 2008
    0
    Horrible, I wish Bush come back soon.