That is if you admire this purely on musical terms. As a big, glossy rock record that finds Bush aging both gracefully and garishly, The Art Of Survival is a success, even if it’s unlikely to win over any those who’ve remained immune to the band’s charms so far, and isn’t innovative enough to ensnare new listeners. If, however, you scrutinise the lyrics too much, which given the prominence of the vocals in the mix it’s hard not to, then things are on shakier ground.
Tackling big topics through art is always admirable but not always incisively done, as is the case on Human Sand, a paean to human endurance in the face of modernity, on which Gavin proclaims ‘You’re my robot boo’. It’s forgivable, though, because as acts of defiance go, producing a rock record this confident in 2022 is more than enough.
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