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Spooky [VINYL]

Lush Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000053IGP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissed-out, gorgeous early 90s indie 19 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lush were leaders of the so-called 'shoegazing' style of indie that was popular in the early 1990s, and this, their debut album, is also their best. Ethereally beautiful, with jangling, sweeping guitars and the high, soft vocals of Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson, 'Spooky' sounds like The Cocteau Twins with more of a pop sensibility.
Some of the tracks on here are simply superb. The jangly pop of 'Nothing Natural', sits fantastically next to the winsome beauty of 'Tiny Smiles', whilst 'For Love' is simply a fantastic pop song. Although equally adept at writing catchy pop songs and blissed-out, drifting pieces, Lush's true genius was undoubtedly in the latter. 'Covert' and 'Ocean' are perfect examples, with their spacey feel and almost whispered vocals.
The only thing that lets the album down somewhat is the production. Robin Guthrie had worked with Lush on their previous EP releases and they decided to stick with him. Unfortunately, he appears to have robbed the band of commercial success, because the thin, reedy production can surely be the only reason Lush never made it big.
However, the music is so superb that it can't stop me giving it five stars. In fact, the highlight of the album 'Untogether' is so great that they could have stuck ten nursery rhymes on the rest of the album and it would still have been worth spending ten quid on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream pop for the masses 19 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
There has been a fair amount of criticism directed at Robin Guthrie’s dense, swirling production on this, Lush’s first ‘proper’ album and when I first bought this back in 1992, I was one of the most vociferous. How dare he mess about with one of my most favourite bands? However, from the perspective of over a decade now, my view has mellowed somewhat and I find that actually, this is a very fine album indeed.
Its dizzying dream pop, so characteristic of the prevailing shoegazing genre of the time now sounds nostalgic and exhilarating. Whilst many reviewers bemoan the fact that Lush’s contrived atmospherics are inferior to the efforts of others such as Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, I think they are missing the point that Lush were primarily a band who created great pop songs and then submerged them in swathes of effects, rather than developing aural landscapes for their own sake.
For Love, Covert, Untogether, Fantasy – pop songs all. Add to the basic premise of a good song their effortlessly intricate vocal harmonies and their lightness of touch despite the layers of guitar noise and you have a concoction that satisfies both the head and the heart.
Stunning stuff from one of the most underrated bands in the history of underrated bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Lush 16 Mar 2005
By Lee D.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've always liked Lush but strangely never owned a complete copy of this album. I bought it because I knew I liked "old" Lush and was playing the latter half of "Split" so much I had to get some more material.
I've played this every day since I bought it. I'm a computer programmer and this is the perfect music for that: heavily textured guitar overlaid with Miki's dreamy vocals, good for concentration and not lyrically distracting. It reminds me quite of lot of the Cocteau Twins' "Treasure", though I wouldn't say it was quite _that_ perfect.
I don't like every track on it, only about two-thirds of them: but handily, just as on "Split", all the tracks I like are grouped together in the latter part of the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album EVER!!! 9 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
Best Albums EVER!!! only come along once or twice in a lifetime. From 1973 till 1996, my BAE was the Genesis album Selling England by the Pound, with my favourite track being The Cinema Show (particularly the lengthy instrumental second half) (although the Beach Boys' Surf's Up ran it a very close second. Not Pet Sounds? Ummm, yes, it's a fabulous album, but Surf's Up is more satisfying musically and lyrically). The Cinema Show brought copious tears to my eyes every single time it hit the deck, which was very often.

As time passed, music became less and less relevant to me, and I became more enamoured of the comedy shows I heard emanating from BBC Radio 4, in particular the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (comedy was becoming the new rock'n'roll). In 1992, I was working as a part-time day controller in a busy SW London mini-cab office, and frequently heard Saturday morning music programmes on the TV in the drivers' office, although I was rarely able to get away to watch anything. One morning, it was tuned to ITV (as always), and The Chart Show came on. In the background I heard a succession of fairly run-of-the-mill tracks being played, accompanied by their videos. Nothing really stood out to me until the track For Love was played. I was busy with despatching cabs at the time, so I was unable to get out of my office to look at the video. But what I was hearing was pure beauty, and I had some vague notion that the track being played was by Lush (having read a review of it in the NME a short time earlier, and being vaguely familiar with the vocal sounds they made). I made a mental note to buy a copy of the single next time I was in a record shop - but as so often happens, it slipped out of my memory soon after this.
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