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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00003CM0F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Floating world
  2. Lushlife
  3. Shook ones
  4. Psalms of survival
  5. Soul city
  6. Freedom fighter
  7. Saved
  8. Deep blue
  9. After landing
  10. Passages

Product Description

After plaudits for the future-quest innovation of 1997's Beat, Bowery Electric return with a solidly enjoyable third album--and a rather pleasingly commercial one, too, odd as it sounds to accuse such dreamily, drone-ily beat-ridden songs of pleasing more than three specialist collectors at a time. In fact, given more of the lifestyle-soundtrack exposure that the cool, coiled narrative of "Freedom Fighter" has been collecting, Lushlife will be on the way to breeding the perfect hybrid of Belle and Sebastian's frailly tentative introspection, Stereolab's math-meets-Braziliana, Portishead's dark depthlessness, Morcheeba's sweetness and light and post-rock's meticulous sonic mapping. Woven from Martha Schwendener's listlessly lovely voice and seemingly faux-naif lyrics and Lawrence Chandler's wide sonic palette, there is little here that is new to anyone who's heard a Massive Attack album, a Badalamenti soundtrack, or who remembers the Eighties of spoken word samples ("After Landing") and ubiquitous beats ("Saved"). Still, when "Floating World" creates such an intentful air of expectation not dispelled until a shimmeringly abstract "Passages" offers up hum, drum and bass in conclusion, there is much to be said for a record that's as warm and welcoming to rabid fans of their former label Kranky as it is to everybody who has never even heard of God speed You Black Emperor!. --Jennifer Nine

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Format: Audio CD
The other review on this page may rate this as boring but to me that misses the point of this record, the oh so slight shift in atmospheres between tracks is what makes this a perfect late night lights out record, and the fact that soul city was used as a b-side on a single does not make it a bad track. I dont smoke but this album makes me want to sit a city window ledge, watching the late night traffic slowly puffing on a smoke, letting the music drift over me.
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Format: Audio CD
If there's one good reason for not purchasing an album, it's that an unexceptional b-side has been included on it for no other reason than to fill up some space. The track in question - Soul City - isn't bad but on an album of just ten tracks it begs the question; if they've had to put it on, did they run out of ideas pretty quickly? The answer is yes they did, as the album consists of mainly dull trip-hop, with monotonous beats and repetitive instrumentation that is occasionally overlayed with drowsy, droning vocals that don't change between tracks. Just a few seconds into the eight minute title track and you'll be reaching for the "remain" button to see how much more you have to endure. The one exception is the beautifully haunting single "Freedom Fighter", but there's little else to suggest interested parties should buy anything more than that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a soundtrack for breaking up 16 Nov. 2000
By bowery boy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sure this is trip hop. Sure it's been done before. Sure BE is following in the footsteps of pioneers Massive Attack and Portishead. But at least they're damn good at it. I've been a fan of trip hop since I heard blue lines from massive attack and I've heard many bad imitations since then, but with BE I was impressed from begining to end. I've never heard of them until I checked out their CD at a listening station and the moment the first track started, washing over me in waves and I noticed the subtle sample from Siouxsie and the Banshees'"Trust In Me", I fell in love. The beats aren't as bass oriented as most trip hop and they employ lots of strings but it works. "lushlife", the title track is my fave. The bass line is steady and deep, the "do do do dos" of the chorus is fantastic and the lyrics, a somber story of a woman regretting meeting a man, is profoundly touching. I listened to this CD for weeks on end after breaking up with my boyfriend. It was a perfect soundtrack for the emotions I was going through. the tracks vary from instrumentals to lush vocals.Nothing really danceable but very very listenable. I highly reccomend it for fans of the trip hop genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than You've Heard 20 Mar. 2000
By John D. Pride - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are unfamiliar with Bowery Electric, ignore the mediocre reviews from die-hard fans. Yes, the sound is more mature, fully fleshed out and, well, lush. However, at least in my book, this is a positive move for this band, given their ethereal, semi-gothic mix of airy vocals and contemporary rythyms (think Portishead without the annoying parts, Cocteau Twins circa 2000 with trip-hop beats).To my taste, this is a wonderful CD, and a more enjoyable listening experience than their previous outings.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful new beats 24 Mar. 2000
By Shawn S. Delaney - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a long time BE fan, I find their latest work to be a logical and gorgeous epiphane in the progression of their sound. Starting out as an admittedly great guitar-drony band, they've gradually moved away from guitar and into the electro-beat oriented material of "Lushlife". If you aren't put off by the lack of guitar, you should love this album. I'm one of the few who were bored by their 1996 album "Beat"...this is what that album could have been. I'm just glad they found it now. The sound may seem familiar if you are into similar bands such as Laika or Hooverphonic, and if you are you can't go wrong here.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated 22 Jun. 2002
By B. Harris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Lushlife" is the third proper album from seminal New York shoegazers Bowery Electric. Their first two albums ("Bowery Electric" and "Beat", along with the remix album "vertigo") show a band heavily influenced by bands such as Slowdive, Seefeel, et al. Droning, ethereal space rock built around spacey, ambient guitars and noise and Marth Schwedener's lazy wistful vocals. "Lushlife", however, sees the group moving into more electronic realms, and doing a masterful job of it.
There are few CDs that, purely by sound, can transport you to a place...but Lushlife accomplishes that quite easily. The somber strings and cold programmed beats give the listener a simultaneously lonely yet claustrophobic feeling, like being lost in the center of a large, unfamiliar city late at night. Guitars and synth pads drift in and out, Martha Schwedener's vocals meander over the top, and you can almost feel yourself in the damp, cluttered studio in the center of New York at night where the album was recorded.
No one will ever accuse Bowery of being overly technically proficient with their instruments or song structures...and save for a few diversions here and there (distorted guitars on "Freedom Fighter", jungle beats at the end of "Passages") the song structures on Lushlife follow a familiar theme. The droning guitars have been replaced by ambient synth noises and lush string sections, augmented by the occasional guitar or record scratch. Martha's vocals remain cold and hazy, but are much more forward in the mix than in previous releases. Additionally, the tracks on Lushlife are much more song-oriented, rather than jam oriented, giving the album a more cohesive feel.
If you are not a fan of thedrone/space rock genre, this album is not for you. If, however, you are partial to the darker, hazy, ambient textures of ethereal rock, this album presents a sound and feeling like few others I have ever encountered.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowery Electric - Not Bowery Electric 18 July 2002
By Patrick Roberts - Published on
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I really like this album, but in a different way from my other Bowery Electric CDs. Lushlife for me is in the vein of Aria or Goldfrapp except more raw, dirty, and loose. Like other reviewers have said, it is a more produced than their other CDs, but it's a LONG way from sounding over-produced like anything from a top-40 artist.
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