Lush
Spooky


4.0
excellent

Review

by FoodBankGetsMoney USER (1 Reviews)
May 29th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The girl band of shoegaze, Lush were often underrated by the music press, but they also were the most pop-oriented 'gaze band, and the most commercially successful, both in the UK and across the Atlantic. A great band with a gift for writing impeccable me

Ah yes, Lush. The little girly band with the swirly, fluffy, cutesy songs. The Cocteau Twins knock-off band, going as far as hiring Robin Guthrie to produce their material and signing to 4AD. The band that had not one, but TWO rather attractive women. They were so good on their EP's but couldn't translate that on the album. Oh man, what a trip. These cliches were often thrown Lush's way in their hey day by the NME and the Maker. Truth be told, they were more than that. They were probably the most pop-oriented of any of the shoegaze bands back in the day, writing very melodic and harmony-driven tunes. But man, could they write melodies. Emma Anderson, the band's main songwriter, was super talented at that. The songs on here are strong, but some of them are held back by the production. Robin Guthrie was on the knobs here and got a little into it, trying to make them sound like an exact copy of the Cocteaus circa mid-80s. As a result, some of the songs which should be strong, bright moments are held back by a rather murky sound and loads of overdubbed guitars and way too much flanger. Add to the fact the siren-like vocals of Emma and Miki aren't that much different from Liz Fraser's voice, and you start to think, this sounds WAY too much like the Cocteau Twins at some points. There are strong points however. For Love is a near perfect pop song, with it's Smiths-like guitars a bit and a pretty melody. Superblast! amps everything up and rocks the hell out, sounding kind of like the Jesus and Mary Chain a bit guitar wise, very aggressive sounding, probably the hardest Lush ever got, but in contrast to the loud guitars, the vocals still had that enchanting, choir-like sound to them. It's great. Other gems on here are songs like Untogether, Ocean (could of been much better without Guthrie), Monochrome, and Nothing Natural. Strong album all around.


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AggravatedYeti
May 29th 2012


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great record

KILL
May 29th 2012


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

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Graveyard
May 29th 2012


5771 Comments


This really needed a review

Also pos'd, nice first review

BallsToTheWall
May 29th 2012


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet. (2)

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foxblood
April 22nd 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is so good

CaptainHadouken
April 22nd 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Delicious album.

SCREAMorphine
June 16th 2013


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty

sixdegrees
December 13th 2013


17234 Comments


good songs, obnoxious production

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Wadlez
December 13th 2013


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rock on!!!

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KILL
January 16th 2014


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you dont knooooowwwwwwwwwwww

KILL
February 28th 2014


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man the mad love ep is so good

Asdfp277
April 6th 2014


1228 Comments


...lmao

SharkTooth
April 6th 2014


5271 Comments


okay, that was kinda funny

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