Snail Mail
Lush


3.5
great

Review

by DropTune USER (65 Reviews)
June 9th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'Lush' lives up to its name boasting a simplistic array of colorful textures and down-to-earth storytelling.

If I were to tell you a 19 year old released an indie rock album, you’d probably laugh. Chances are it’s another millennial coffeehouse rocker who just learned their basic chords. They’re probably tripping over their amp cables as they write angsty songs about politics and society. Looking at the previous landscape of young artists, I wouldn’t disregard those criticisms. Hayley Williams, Lorde, and Amy Lee started their careers in their late teens and became embellished in the same stereotype. Little life experience and the pressure of releasing albums every so often don’t make for the best material. That’s where Snail Mail works their magic. Indulged in a youthful outlook, the simplistic indie texture of Lush lives up to its name. Lush takes you back to that post-high school/pre-college standpoint of stepping up to the plate. Partying, drinking, and friends lost their luster. Now is the time to cash your reality check and see the world for what it is. What better eyes to see this through than Snail Mail?

Lush is an easygoing indie rocker with simple production. Nothing life changing goes on. Just your basic layered guitars, bass, and drums. There’s a French horn solo in ‘Deep Sea,’ one of the albums more experimental songs. Lush’s simplicity isn’t a bad thing in the context of the record. It has a charm to it and focuses on the group’s core sound. It almost reminds me of an Elliott Smith album where it’s barebones in a way. Think Figure 8 or XO but with a modern sound. Regardless, the music of Lush is astounding. ‘Let’s Find an Out,’ one of my personal favorites, is a guitar-focused track with a picked rhythm and smooth vocal performance. “Let's find an out/We'll start anew,” Lindsey sings as the guitar washes in the background. ‘Pristine’ is more of a standard indie single. It boasts a lo-fi melodramatic tone with a strong vocal performance. It’s got a bright layered riff, grooving bass, and slow drums that back up, “Is there any better feeling than coming clean?” ‘Heat Wave’ is more of a rocker and has a nice crunchy lead between verses. I noticed it shares a similar structure to ‘Lazy Eye.’ “I'm feeling low/I'm not into sometimes,” ends ‘Heat Wave’ on a climactic note.

I enjoyed Lush a lot more than I thought I did. It’s an easy listening 10 song debut album. It doesn’t overstay its welcome or promote any pretentious elements. There aren’t any problems I found with it. It’s not an eye-catching debut, but that doesn’t work against Lush. It settles into a niche of its own. It’s sarcastic, melodramatic, and simplistic to its own right. It’s not trying to be anything other than itself. I’d highly recommend Lush nonetheless and it’ll have its place on my end of year list. Unlike the previous reviewer (shout out to FreddieDelaney31) I didn’t have that same emotional connection. This isn’t a negative to Lush. Music hits everyone differently and I’m glad Freddie found that element with their music. It goes to show how much they’ve grown since their EP. Otherwise, I think it’s for the best readers slither on over to Lush while it’s hot. Grab some coffee, snuggle into some flannel, and groove to some indie rock.

Standout Tracks
Let’s Find an Out
Heat Wave
Pristine
[It’s all pretty good]



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Slex
June 9th 2018


16234 Comments


This is a pretty great review, definitely worth a pos! Enjoyed hearing your take on it and seeing where opinions differ

DropTune
June 9th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man! I was wondering if you noticed any of the similarities I listed. I kinda got a Silversun vibe in most songs.

Slex
June 10th 2018


16234 Comments


I can totally see where you're coming from with some stuff here, this is a lot more dreamy/gazey than I've seen people give it credit for. Also, Let's Find An Out is my favorite song!

DropTune
June 10th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Let's Find an Out is also my favorite from the album. I agree it's dreamy and gazey, but not in a standard way. Because it's produced so simplistically there aren't a lot of layers going on. With better production I think the shoegaze elements would have been better flaunted. It didn't change my score in any way. That's simply what I thought held it back. I'm not expecting anything Of Monsters and Men level.

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Let's Find an Out ! [3]

DropTune
June 10th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not alone!

Slex
June 10th 2018


16234 Comments


Let's Find An Out is just such a beautiful wondrously fumbling thing I love it deeply

DropTune
June 10th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That one reminded me the most of Elliott Smith. That's the main reason it was my favorite. I never hear modern artists play songs that way. It's really disappointing.

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review, by the way. Although, what do you mean by "I enjoyed Lush a lot more than I thought I did"? As in, you enjoy the album more on reflection than when listening to it? Or rather than "did", did you mean "would"?

I really appreciate the angle you took here, it runs a good (perhaps unintentional) counter to a lot of this band's other coverage (not making reference to Freddie's terrific review).

DropTune
June 10th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I meant more on reflection. It comes across a bit jumbled due to me comparing my perspective to Freddie's, but I thought it was a good album. This one might grow on me, but for now I thought it was pretty good.

Clefairy
June 20th 2018


256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

deep sea is rly good

Dylan620
June 21st 2018


5867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Deep Sea" and "Let's Find an Out" are wonderful

DropTune
June 22nd 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the structure of those two songs.

RexKwonDoCarrey
July 11th 2018


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My Hart is with this album...

Djang0
July 20th 2018


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably one of the things keeping this from being an incredibly run of the mill indie rocker is its straight potential - there's so much of it here. All the songs are pretty good but there are many fleeting moments of pure brilliance that could foreshadow a truly great record in the future.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2018


27903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

This is growing on me

Slex
August 4th 2018


16234 Comments


Good

brandontaylor
September 1st 2018


1227 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

while i loved the first single and i enjoy the songwriting on this a lot, i think the vocals and the fact several songs are just too long let it down a bit overall

GreyShadow
September 28th 2023


6956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh god, the comment purge here is real



anyway, shes putting out demos from lp 2 and the one released so far is easily better than anything on lp 2 from what i remember.



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