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Album Review

With their fourth EP, Black Spring, Lush took their first steps out of the shadow of the Cocteau Twins. While the angelic vocals and swirling, hypnotic guitar of lead track "Nothing Natural" still evoke the Cocteaus (whose Robin Guthrie produces, further muddying the waters), an insistent bassline and energetic drums clearly align the song with the Ecstasy-fueled club-pop coming out of Manchester. In short, it's danceable, and since when could you say that about a Cocteaus confection? A sublime cover of late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's "Fallin' in Love" and the gossamer "God's Gift" further emphasize Lush's evolving pop instincts, but "Monochrome" is the proverbial step back, at best suggesting something retrieved from the Cocteaus' cutting-room floor.


Formed: October, 1988 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Meshing dreamy, effects-drenched guitars with airy, catchy melodies, Lush were one of the most prominent shoegaze/dream pop bands of the early '90s. Led by guitarists Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson, the British band gained a cult following within the British and American undergrounds with its first EPs, yet the group never quite attained the critical respect given to its peers My Bloody Valentine and Ride. Even so, Lush lasted longer than any other of their contemporaries (with the exception of the...
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