Spooky (CD)


Lush

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Brad 10/26/2012

Lush had already released a couple of EPs in 1989 and 1990 which would later become compiled on the album Gala. But I didn't know about this band until Spooky was released in January of 1992. "For Love" was the song played on the radio and MTV. I was hooked on this band as soon as I heard them. I loved everything about them. Spooky and Gala became two of my favorite albums. And I was also a huge fan of Split released in 1994. They would go on to release Love Life in 1996. That would unfortunately be their last album. Lush was Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson on guitar and vocals. Steve Rippon played bass but was later replaced by Phil King. Chris Acland played drums. I am just happy that I got to see these guys perform live a couple of times. Acland committed suicide in October of 1996. It was only a few weeks after I saw them perform in San Francisco. I was devastated by the news. It obviously hit the band hard. The band never replaced him and broke up soon after. Lush were similar to Ride. They never really got as big as they should have been. But they had a huge cult following. I feel like Lush are one of those bands that if you know who they are then you are a fan. You just can't not like this band. These first two albums were really what shoegaze was all about. Gala was produced by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins after all. This is just a beautiful dreamy album. It remains one of my favorites of all time and I go back to it quite a bit. It just doesn't get much better than this album.

 

This album featured in Brad’s Best Albums of 1992 blog.


Joanna Ricco 05/26/2010

The debut album for Lush, 1992’s Spooky sets the scene for things to come with dreamy pop that moves along at a molasses pace, leaving such a sweet residue that the resulting sugar rush is just enough to propel forward. A little detached at times and not always exciting (in fact seldom is it anything more than drifting), the album is no less beautifully crafted and those soft digressions seem to be going places. Standout tracks include “Nothing Natural,” which picks up the pace and shows more dynamic shift than many of the other tracks, and “Monochrome,” which goes in a different, more subdued direction, providing lovely ethereal reflection.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stray
Lush 02:07
2.
Nothing Natural
Lush 05:54
3.
Tiny Smiles
Lush 04:26
4.
Covert
Lush 03:34
5.
Ocean
Lush 04:49
6.
For Love
Lush 03:29
7.
Superblast!
Lush 04:07
8.
Untogether
Lush 03:33
9.
Fantasy
Lush 04:27
10.
Take
Lush 03:28
11.
Laura
Lush 03:22
12.
Monochrome
Lush 05:05

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