Gavin Rossdale most notably known for being the front man of successful 90’s alt rock act Bush has released WANDERlust his first solo album. This is his first solo release and most recent material since the 2005 solitary album by the band Institute, which he was in at the time. WANDERlust has been released under Interscope Records.
Many may have been asking what happened to the guy in that grunge band from overseas that married Gwen Stefani. Since 2002, the two have been happy and have managed to keep a very low profile lifestyle. He is not only a husband but also a father and rumor has it there is another baby on the way. Staying away from the media had many wondering if Gavin Rossdale would ever put forth new material.
The album, he penned himself, collaborates with some high profile names in the music business. Drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle), guitarist Chris Traynor (Helmet, Bush), and keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (session keyboardist credited with working with bands from Fleetwood Mac to Avenged Sevenfold) all assist Rossdale in making what Gavin calls an album that goes back to the his roots with Bush.
“Can’t Stop The World” is a strong opening track with Rossdale declaring “I don’t know what I was thinking, I’ve been gone too long”. This track screams to be played on the airwaves and I am thinking a lot of Bush fans will really be excited to hear it. I can’t say the second track “Frontline” followed with such vigor. In fact, it sounded like a whole different artist.
“Forever May You Run” carried his sexy voice throughout, but was just not pleasing to my ears. It just was not what I would expect a onetime grunge guru to belt out and reminded me of, dare I say, Brian Adams. “Drive” on the other hand was catchy at times but seemed overdone. “Future World” reminded me of something that Peter Gabriel should have created alongside a crazy MTV video. The lyrics are quick and seem to have no literal meaning with dub-like harmonies that just did not fit in with the rest of the music.