Lush
Spooky


4.0
excellent

Review

by FoodBankGetsMoney USER (1 Reviews)
May 29th, 2012 | 32 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


7683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great record

KILL
May 29th 2012


81240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

Graveyard
May 29th 2012


6371 Comments


This really needed a review

Also pos'd, nice first review

BallsToTheWall
May 29th 2012


50371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet. (2)

foxblood
April 22nd 2013


10470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is so good

CaptainHadouken
April 22nd 2013


1963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Delicious album.

SCREAMorphine
June 17th 2013


1849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty

Wadlez
December 13th 2013


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rock on!!!

KILL
January 16th 2014


81240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you dont knooooowwwwwwwwwwww

KILL
February 28th 2014


81240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man the mad love ep is so good

Asdfp277
April 7th 2014


23350 Comments


...lmao

SharkTooth
April 7th 2014


14249 Comments


okay, that was kinda funny

Tyler.
January 23rd 2016


18380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty good

under0neon
January 2nd 2017


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

E T H E R E A L V I B E S





Dylan620
October 25th 2018


5503 Comments


This is great but it's not very spooky, I am disappoint

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Source
December 15th 2018


18669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album

Source
May 8th 2019


18669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2019


2404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules, jammed it a bunch the past few days

Source
May 9th 2019


18669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still need to hear their other stuff

theBoneyKing
July 28th 2019


20555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming this again recently, rules



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