Gavin Rossdale â€“ Love Remains The Same / 2008 Interscope / 1 Track / http://www.gavinrossdale.com /
Well, letâ€™s see. Gwen Stefani was in a halfway-decent band in No Doubt, and then turned into a vapid pop star after departing from them (some of the later No Doubt songs were laying the groundwork, but there was a sea change between â€œReturn Of Saturnâ€ and anything that followed it). Individuals may know that Gwen is married to Gavin Rossdale, who was previously in Bush. Bush had quite a few good songs during their run, but the question has to be whether Rossdale has completely wimped out in the years since ey left Bush. The simple answer is yes, Rossdale has wimped out.
This does not mean that the song is bad or unlistenable. The gritty style of Rossdaleâ€™s vocals that were present during singles like â€œMachineheadâ€ and â€œThe Chemicals Between Usâ€ is still present during â€œLove Remains The Sameâ€, but the instrumentation present is slower and free of any grunge influence. The smoothed-out vocals that are present will attach themselves to listenerâ€™s brains in much the same way as both Papa Roach and the latest crop of Idol contestants have. The two groups that were just mentioned â€“ Papa Roach and the Idol contestants, if taken together, provide individuals with a good idea of how Rossdale sounds now. Hints of Coldplay, John Maher, and Snow Patrol are strewn in alongside an adult contemporary approach to rock. Catchy at points, â€œLove Remains The Sameâ€ will bring Rossdaleâ€™s name back into discussion.