- Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: 4ad
- ASIN: B000024DBE
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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It's amazing how far Lush came between previous album Spooky and this. While the haunting swathes of sound still prevail, they gained the confidence to bring the lyrics to the fore. And so we discover gems like "Light From A Dead Star", a tearful rumination over a man who "lives his life in a world full of women". "Kiss Chase", meanwhile, has one of those perfect melodies that you instantly fall in love with. The real diamond at the heart of it, and one of Lush's finest moments, is "Hypocrite", with its unforgiving drums and the scathing attack on less than faithful partners. "Don't even try to hide behind that stupid smile", spits Miki, and you know it's no idle threat. Split is the sound of an intelligent band realising how good they really are. We should be grateful that they put it all on a record. --Emma Johnston
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The first two songs on the album, Light From A Dead Star & Kiss Chase, both written by Miki, are full of passion and pain. Two of the best songs ever written. At 31, it was these two songs that inspired me to buy a guitar and learn to play it! Emma's songs too have just as much emotion in them. When I Die, written about the death of her father. And Desire Lines & Never Never are just amazing songs. To me, these songs have the same brilliance as PULP's This Is Hardcore & QUEEN's Bohiemiam Rhapsody. It's really ground breaking stuff, some fantastic guitar bits in there!
Lush wrote brilliant melodies and fantastic lyrics, and have been an inspiration to women like myself who want to learn music. Sadly, true to the album title, Lush split some years ago after their drummer's suicide in 1996. Emma is still writing and making fantastic music though, teaming up with Lisa O'Neill and forming Sing-Sing. If you like Lush, then please support Emma, and go to Sing-Sing's website at [...]
What else can I say about Split? It's fantastic. Go out and buy it.
Opener Light from a Dead Star is like no other Lush song - spectral strings and piano arpeggios accompany Micki's mournful lament to lost love and fading hopes. Emma Anderson's always glacial guitars are absent, until we crash into Kiss Chase, a song with more gorgeous vocal melodies than it knows what to do with.
And about those vocals - they are clearer and more mature here than Miki and Emma ever sounded. Miki seems happier with her lower tone than ever before, allowing those wonderful Lush harmonies and dual vocals to shine at their bightest since previous career high, Sweetness and Light.
Blackout hangs on more memorable vocal work, and the sweetly chiming guitar refrain that cycles through the song.
The heart of Split lies in the singles, Hypocrite and Desire Lines. Released simultaneously, these two songs perfectly reflect the dual songwriting power that guided the band throughout their career.
Miki's delightfully spiteful Hypocrite is the epitome of Lush's spiky punk pop side (see also the Scar and Mad Love eps). Miki snarls venomously at some pathetic male, before turning in the twist in the tale - she's as guilty as he is!
Emma's Desire Lines, on the other hand, is an elegaic epic. Aching guitars swirl and curl around Miki's dreamy vocal. It's a song halfway between sleep and wakefulness, and it's utterly perfect.
Desire Lines captures exactly the side of Lush that Robin Guthrie hamfistedley ruined on Spooky. Split producer Mike Hedges recognised that Lush had their own fineley honed sound, that he allows to shine through here, on every magnificent track.Read more ›
But whereas their last album, Love Life, was a disjointed affair that exemplifies these faults, Split is actually fantastic. Lush somehow managed to fuse their punky side and their dreamy side together to come up with something fresh and good that's not a million miles away from My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' (admittedly 'Split' is a lot less extreme).
It's the kind of album that you listen to as a united whole rather than to the individual songs. The music is very consistent, dreamy, and melodic. The lyrics are occasionally trite but convey a true sense of yearning. It's a good one to put on and listen to several times over in a daydreamy daze while you're supposed to be doing something else...
The album was produced by Mike Hedges, who also produced the Cure's 'Faith' album, and there's a similar kind of spacy, deep, probably-recorded-in-a-church feel to this one - particularly on Desire Lines.
The combination of `Light from a Dead Star' followed by `Kiss Chase' is probably one of the finest starts to an album anywhere. In fact the first half, mainly written by Miki Berenyi is almost relentlessly upbeat and contains arguably one of her best ever songs, the bile spitting `Hypocrite'. The second half comprises Emma Anderson's more laid back musical architecture, including the deliriously languid `Desire Lines' and spine-tingly melancholic closer, `When I Die'. This half lets you down gently after the rush of the first half and gives the whole project a shape and sense of purpose.
Hedges, brought in to replace Robin Guthrie after the criticism aimed at previous album, `Spooky', draws on his early 1980s work and pitches his production somewhere between the sparseness of the Cure's `Seventeen Seconds' and the raw energy of the Banshees `A Kiss in the Dreamhouse'. It gives the album an almost glassily clear sound that draws you into its unfathomable depths.
Altogether a much underrated album. Who said the 1990s didn't produce anything of note?
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Until recently I only knew Lush for "500 Shake Baby Shake," which I thought was fun, but slight. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1994 , and Lush a band that struggled but succeeded in their earlier years . Managed to put forth their second Full length album with much success . Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by Keys to the Rain
Put simply, this is just absolutely gorgeous. From the opening `Light from a Dead Star', to the closer `When I Die', this album is an emotional and musical tour de force. Read morePublished on 8 July 2011 by Mr. T. Philipson
I happened to buy this album on an off-chance one day at the same time as I bought Lovelife.
The latter I can take or leave (it has it's goods and bads), however this... Read more