Once upon a time, there was a movement (or lack of--that was the point) called shoegazing. The leader of shoegazing was a princess with bright red hair called Miki, along with her loyal troops, Emma, Chris and Steve. As Lush, they made beautiful music. Spooky is full of dark, serrated guitars and sighing vocals. It's difficult to make out what is being said a lot of the time, but like the Cocteau Twins, the sound is so lovely that Miki could be singing her shopping list and you still wouldn't care. Even though this is by no means their best album, it still stands up for itself when many of their peers have disappeared without anyone particularly caring. Fantastic late night noise for drifting off to sleep. --Emma Johnston
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このアルバムは彼らの最初にして（「GALA」はシングルのコンピレーション）最高の傑作になっているアルバムだ。ここでは個々の曲すべても、そしてアルバムとしても信じられないほどの高い完成度と美しい世界を見せている。是非この CD を手にとって monochrome を聴いてほしい。これより美しい曲はこの世に存在しない。
I could've picked it up again from a used record store, but I hardly ever make it back to the university area these days.
Anyhow, just a few years back, this was only available for purchase through select retailers, so I'm pleased to be able to buy this on a whim.
I vaguely recall from an interview that lead singer Miki Berenyi felt that this one of the most over-produced of their records ("there's not a natural sound on it [in comparison to Split].
Natural or not, Split and Spooky are my favorite pair from Lush. They had a unique, ethereal sound...and they rocked a great live show.
And in case you're wondering, Shoegazing means bands who came from the late eighties, and reached it's height in the mid nineties. They played a brand of alternative pop rock. It was heavily effects laden. Lush were at the forefront of the movement. While the style has mostly died out, it's not done yet with a new crop of "nu-gaze" bands like Autolux. But anyway, what about this album?
Solid cd. Lush were still growing into their sound like wearing a shirt a bit too big. So sometimes the sound gets away from them. A good example would be the song Tiny Smiles in my opinion. But other songs they were able to nail, such as Covert, For Love, Superblast!, and my personal favorite Untogether.
Yes the shoegazing era is gone. But Lush left us with some very memorable records. Such as this moody gem.
I would have failed out of school were it not for this CD, and I listened to it hundreds of times while studying for various tests. I like the people who wrote the songs and feel connected to them.
I play guitar very poorly, but it has also inspired me to try some of their songs. Great CD, in my top 5. The other neat thing about Lush is that they changed and evolved with every CD. Just happens that with this one I like it the best the most often.