Razorblade Suitcase Import
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It's hard to deny that "Swallowed"--the first single from Bush's difficult second album Razorblade Suitcase--has a way with a rousing, seismic chorus. It's just a shame that the same dynamics were born with Husker Du, minted by The Pixies, and perfected by Nirvana while Bush were still gigging their way around London's fleapits, waiting for their big break. No, Razorblade Suitcase--like Bush's debut, Sixteen Stone--isn't actually that bad. It's just perplexing to see a band this successful make a career out of stepping in other band's footsteps. Steve Albini, producer of Razorblade Suitcase does his erstwhile best to pervert Bush's radio-clean grunge, as on "Insect Kin"--but as he was the producer of Nirvana's In Utero, you can't help but feel that Razorblade Suitcase apes that record's fractured angst as surely as Sixteen Stone crept in on the tail of Nevermind. --Louis Pattison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But that's just geography. Regardless of where they hail from, it's hard to dispute that Bush were one of the most talented grunge bands of the 90s. And as a true fan, I'll vehemently differ with any of those who would rate Sixteen Stone higher than Razorblade Suitcase. Yes, their first album was unquestionably a strong debut, and with such solid tracks as "Bomb", "Machinehead," "Everything Zen" and "Testorone"--to say nothing of the big hit "Glycerine"--it seems easy to see why people would say that.
But I challenge you this: listen to the two albums from start to finish. Sixteen Stone has some great tracks, but as an album, it is often uneven and unbalanced. The songs don't blend into each other nearly as well, and there are times when certain songs jump out so abruptly that you question the entire production process.
Razorblade Suitcase is definitely a bird of a different feather. While it may lack that one killer track like "Glycerine" or "Machinehead," what it does give you instead is a great sense of songwriting balance. Unline Stone, Razorblade's tracks meld into each other with a sense of planning and precision that its predecessor badly lacked. Listen, for instance, to the sharp ending of the incredibly powerful track "Greedy Fly" followed up by Gavin Rossdale's hauntingly beatiful strum-vocal entry on "Swallowed.Read more ›
Track #2 ("Greedy Fly") has a slow beginning (like a lot of the tracks on here) and is one of my favorite songs on this CD. (My absolute favorite would have to be #5, "Cold Contagious", though.) I love the video to "Greedy Fly" as well; it's terrifically dark and creepy, although a bit confusing.
Another slow-moving song is #3 ("Swallowed"), which I've found a lot of other listeners either love or hate--or are still kind of undecided like I am. I tend to like the remix version of this song on Bush's "Deconstructed" album (which I'd recommend over "Razorblade Suitcase", but only if you like electronica). In fact, I like a lot of the remixed versions better, such as #4 ("Insect Kin") and #7 ("Mouth").
There aren't a lot of band photos in this booklet like in "Sixteen Stone", just a lot of random fiery images taken by a (more than likely) pyromaniac photographer. The lyrics are also all out of order, and the words for "Mouth" are missing (or maybe I just need to look harder).
Without a doubt, Bush's first CD ("Sixteen Stone") is their best, but this sophomore effort isn't half-bad, though there aren't as many fast, addictive tracks as before. The majority of songs on "Razorblade Suitcase" are slow and occasionally depressing, but this CD is still worth listening to if you're a diehard Bush fan.
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Didn't grab me like the First release but I probably need to give it time.
Swallowed is still on the radio occasionally.
Great service and products in excellent condition. Fast delivery time as well. Highly recommend ordering from these guys. Read morePublished on March 1 2012 by Angel21
Razorblade Suitcase is one of the best albums in the 90s and Swallowed and Mouth are two of the best songs on the album. Read morePublished on March 23 2007 by Jason Hutton
"sixteen stone" is easily one of my favorite albums of all time.with RS, bush tries to mellow it out a little bit-and fails for the most part. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by J. Moscatello
I absolutely loved this CD when I first bought it when it came out in 1997,at the impressionable age of 14. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Jen Beane
The music is beautiful, scratchy, spacy, wet. The lyrics are horrible. Bush is not William S. Burroughs, as much as they want to be. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Casey Kent