Black and White Rainbows

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Black and White Rainbows
Studio album by
Released10 March 2017
Recorded1 March 2016 – 3 March 2017
LabelZuma Rock, Caroline
ProducerBob Rock (track 9 only), Gavin Rossdale[3]
Bush chronology
Man on the Run
Black and White Rainbows
The Mind Plays Tricks on You
Singles from Black and White Rainbows
  1. "Mad Love"
    Released: 6 February 2017[3]
  2. "Lost In You"
    Released: 24 February 2017[4]
  3. "The Beat of Your Heart"
    Released: 3 March 2017[5]
  4. "This Is War"
    Released: 13 November 2017

Black and White Rainbows is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band Bush, released on 10 March 2017, through Zuma Rock Records and Caroline International.[3] It is the follow up to the band's 2014 album, Man on the Run, and is the third featuring its current lineup of Gavin Rossdale, Robin Goodridge, Chris Traynor and Corey Britz.[6]



Black and White Rainbows was released on 10 March 2017, through Zuma Rock Records. The album was released in the United Kingdom with the artist credited as "Bush with Gavin Rossdale" and had a sticker promoting The Voice, which Rossdale was a coach on during the show's sixth series.[7] A remastered deluxe edition of the album on 13 October 2017 with a new extended tracklisting including new songs "This is War" and "Alien Language" along with extended versions of "Mad Love" and "Peace-S".[8]


The lead single from the album, "Mad Love", was released on 6 February 2017.[3]

"Lost In You" was the second song released from the album, on 24 February 2017.[4]

"The Beat of Your Heart" was the third song released from the album, on 3 March 2017.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
ABC News4/5 stars[10]
AllMusic3/5 stars[11]
Classic Rock Magazine2.5/5 stars[12]
Daily Mail4/5 stars[13]
Drowned in Sound3/10[14]
The Guardian2/5 stars[15]

Black and White Rainbows received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 49 based on 4 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[9]

Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic rated the album three out of five stars, calls it "an interesting piece of the Bush discography", and states that it "hints at a late-era trajectory shift and a reinvigorated spirit for Rossdale and company."[11] In a two out of five star review, The Guardian's Gwilym Mumford claims: "Album number seven sands down what little edge the band once had and buffs their sound to a banal, stadium-rock sheen."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Gavin Rossdale; "Lost in You" was co-written by Dave Stewart.[16][2]

1."Mad Love"3:30
4."Lost in You"4:17
5."Sky Turns Day Glo"4:22
6."Toma Mi Corazón"4:04
7."All the Worlds Within You"3:36
9."The Beat of Your Heart"3:00
11."Ray of Light"3:09
13."Nothing but a Car Chase"3:41
14."The Edge of Love"4:24
15."People At War"5:29
Total length:57:42

Deluxe Edition remaster[edit]

1."This is War" (new song)4:16
3."Mad Love" (extended)3:59
4."The Beat of Your Heart"3:00
5."Peace-s" (extended)4:46
6."Toma Mi Corazón"4:05
9."Alien Language" (new song)3:15
10."Lost in You"4:20
11."Sky Turns Day Glo"4:23
13."All the Worlds Within You"3:38
14."Ray of Light"3:09
15."Nothing but a Car Chase"3:41
16."The Edge of Love"4:25
17."People At War"5:29


Credits adapted from AllMusic[17]


Chart (2017) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 173
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 85
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 63
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 21

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide 10 March 2017 Zuma Rock [24]


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