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.