Sixteen Stone Import
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Nirvana should've been quite flattered by Sixteen Stone. The English quartet perfectly mimics the early '90s grunge sound with this '94 release. As for Kurt Cobain comparisons, singer Gavin Rossdale has a captivating voice, but lyrics are not his forte, as the splintered ramblings of "Everything Zen" indicates. (Gotta do better than "There's no sex in your violence.") The players meanwhile produce a perfectly competent approximation of their Northwestern heroes. "Little Things" is a successful rewrite of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while "Machinehead" crunches like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. In fact, the whole album feels like a throwback to 1992. Sixteen Stone may be derivative, but it's catchy as hell, too. --Rob O'Connor
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1. Everything Zen: Very good song, one of my favorites, and a good way to start off the CD. Very contagious chorus. It also has a very cool guitar intro. (5/5)
2. Swim: A much darker song, it maintains a slow pace throughout the whole song. Similar in some ways to Greedy Fly. It blows up at the ending. (4.5/5)
3. Bomb: It begins pretty much like a Nirvana song, I see some resemblance to Something in the Way in the slow parts. (4/5)
4. Little Things: Very good and very catchy song. Probably my favorite song on this CD. Can't get tired of listening to it. There is some strong resemblance to Smells Like Teen Spirit. A homage perhaps. You can notice it more in the beginning (just when he starts to sing) and at the chorus. (5/5)
5. Comedown: A very, very good song. It's slow but it rocks. It's one of the best songs on the CD. (5/5)
6. Body: Another great song. The guitar intro is very cool. The chorus is really cool as well. Another one of my favorites.
7. Machinehead: Everybody knows this one, so I don't think I need to say anything. Kick ass song. (5/5)
8. Testosterone: Probably not a bad song, but after listening to Machinehead, it sends it to a lower level. "Got a big old gun" (4/5)
9. Monkey: Another one of those Bush songs that starts slow and gains pace as the song develops. (4/5)
10. Glycerine: Another one of the singles and big hits. I absolutely love this one for it's simplicity.Read more ›
I'll do a song by song review for this
Everything Zen - 9/10 Great opener, just kicks into it right away and the song slowly gets better...especially when Gavin starts singing "can't believe that Elvis is dead"
Swim - 9/10 a wicked song! great grunge riffs, awesome chorus...The bridge though is my favorite part...I found i didn't like the song at first because of Gavin's little fit at the end...But it grew on me
Bomb - 10/10 One of my favorite songs on the albums, great grunge vocals and guitar riff. My only complaint is the song ends too soon.
Little things - 10/10 WOW! what an amazing song, top 5 of all time from Bush i think...Standard Grunge format, love the guitar, great drumming, and Gavins vocals especially in the bridge just blow you away
Comedown - 10/10 A classic Bush song
Body - 10/10 I think overall it's the best song on the album, but not my favorite. A wicked opening guitar riff that you wouldn't expect from Bush, than the grunge melodies in the backround just fill it...very intense
Machinehead - 10/10 most influencial song of my life
Testosterone - 7/10 really catchy song, but the lyrics aren't the greatest...Not what i'd expect from Gavin
Monkey - 8/10 Pretty cool song, but it doesn't really get to me
Glycerine - 9/10 such a beautiful song, but it's very simple and i always felt it was a bit overrated
Alien - 10/10 Even more beautiful than Glycerine. The bass line is such a nice thing to hear, guitar is soothing...Read more ›
Those five songs automattically give the album 4 stars, but it's the rest that leaves room to argue.
"Swim" although, a nice start eventually turns into repeating cycle of generic lyrics. It's not a bad song, just not a good Bush song.
Now, "Bomb" does show promise of not being a filler. I'd have picked this to be a single rather than Machinehead, b/c I think it's better. But yeah, "Bomb" is a great song, an excuse from the other fillers.
There's just something I dont really see in "Body." Reminds me of "Swim" for which both do sound similar in some parts. I think this could be better if more guitars were used to de-silence the awkwardness of each verse. However, there is a good solo somewhere in there.
"Testosterone" is just yapping how a gun makes someone a badass. Not bad if you like songs like that.
"Monkey" is a fast hard hitting song, but again, the lyrics don't really grab your attention. A monkey? Could have used something more scarier.
The last song, "Alien" follows up "Glycerine" nicely. It's the only other slow song. Somewhat sappy, but can't really expect perfection from a debut.
"X-girlfriend" finishes the album off w/ a short 40 second "You are coming down" repeat fest of a pretty good guitar tune.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love the album, (songs wise) but it come with just a thin jacket cover, feels pretty cheap, not even 180 gPublished on Jan. 15 2014 by Evan S.
I'll cut right to the chase. This sounds like someone simply took a 16bit CD off the shelf and ripped a vinyl copy. Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by Aero9k
one of the best alternative bands from the UK... they inspire some current artistes... the coarse voice of gavin rossdale just fits in that genre!Published on Dec 16 2010 by Tang T. Yu
Sixteen Stone is generally regarded as one of the rock albums in the 90s and for the most part, this album remains under-appreciated. Read morePublished on March 23 2007 by Jason Hutton
Why did a band with so any decent singles yet so many pathetic non-singles have to name itself after such an incompetent president? Read morePublished on July 10 2004
Great CD! Everything Zen, Comedown, Machinehead, and Glycerine are all great songs..Published on July 1 2004
There are the eighties fans, the seventies fans, the Classical Rock Fans, etc. and of course there is the Ninties fans such as i and if that also includes you then you must buy... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by sharrese
BUY this album. just great symplistic riffs and great vocals...
A must buy!!!