Gavin Rossdale – Wanderlust

3 stars (out of 5)

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Post grunge is out for Gavin Rossdale (Bush) but he just can’t let go of the random stresses and his random lyrics. His first ever solo album Wanderlust is a mix of guitar driven rock with some heavier sounds. The husband of pop icon, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) has decided not to share the spotlight with anyone and take the music business alone.

The experimental album shows a range of Rossdale’s music tastes involving a lot of guitar and drums. The first song Can’t stop the world showed a promising start to the album and I felt obliged to tap my feet and sing along to the lyrics. Unfortunately, the heavier songs of the album weren’t to my taste. In all fairness, the second time I listened to the album I heard less of soft grunge heaviness with random stresses and heard Rossdale’s individuality.

His songs aren’t to everyone’s taste in music, but it’s still worth a listen. Although the guy is British, there is definitely an American sound seeping through the album. The problem I had was the random words that didn’t make sense in his songs. In If you’re not with us you are against us he repeats the words ‘brain free’ which for the life of me I don’t understand why. The album is Rossdale’s opportunity to explore his life lyrically and musically, but at times he just made no sense.

The album Wanderlust is definitely a success for Rossdale. Even though I had to listen to the album a second time to appreciate his talent, I’m glad I did. If one song is going to be a success, it’s the first one of the album Can’t stop the world. Wanderlust reflects Gavin Rossdale’s uniqueness and talent and it’s definitely a grower.