A full two decades down the line, brand new music from Lush appears! What a time to be alive. After such a time apart, it is impressive to hear how smoothly the members of the band slip back into their roles: the 4 tracks of Blind Spot are immediately recognisable from the lyrics, the melodies, and the production. On Edamame.
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As sure as night follows day, there would be a Lush reunion. Back in the past bands didn't always reform - the Beatles for example - but thing have changed and as we all age at a rate that is truly frightening we like to nestle in the soft bosom of things from the past. Not just content with playing live shows, Lush have actually made new music too....and it's quite good.
The good news I'm pleased to report is that the first track 'Out of Control' is rather superb. A lovely lilting mature track that has a wistful edge, hinting at the sounds of yesteryear but presenting it in new ways. Its like the shoegaze answer to Duran Duran's 'Ordinary World' - file under: older people looking back with panache. It makes me rather emotional and I wasn't ever the biggest Lush fan in the first place. Lord knows what our Ian is going through.
Elsewhere 'Burnham Beeches' is pretty nice too with one of those sing song chorus melodies with fab chunky chord changes and sweet backing vocals behind Miki's breathy voice. Good. The last two tracks are less impressive but in no way a disaster - 'Lost Boy' is a slow dirge with some discordant chord changes that lead to a feeling of slight discomfort whilst closer 'Rosebud' is a nice melody that I feel could benefit from a full band arrangement rather the acoustic guitar/ethereal noises combo that it is stuck with. Still, as it progresses it is laden with lovely strings which help disguise a rather clunky lyric.
Any worries about them continuing on from 'Single Girl' are redundant, instead this is a perfectly acceptable return - like a nicely oak-aged version of their former selves. It won't set the world alight but fans will lap it up.
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