Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: 4AD Records
Review: For a long time I've considered myself to be extremely lucky to have seen Lush perform live multiple times in the prime of their musical career back when this album came out. When they broke up because of the tragic suicide of their drummer, Chris Acland, it was extremely sad and disappointing at the same time. I always felt like they could've gone on producing quality music for many more years to come, but it's completely understandable why they would be too devastated to continue playing after such a loss.
Fortunately, before their untimely disbandment, Lush did get to release what I consider to be their absolute masterpiece, "Split". On this 1994 album, all the band members really came into their own as musicians and the craftsmanship behind most of the songs is honestly surprising. I always liked Lush before this album, their music had a nice flangy tone with moody vocals, but Split was so much more refined that it amazed me from the very first time I heard it.
Stand-out tracks would have to be "Light From A Dead Star", "Hypocrite", "The Invisible Man", "Undertow" and "When I Die"... but the most brilliant song on the album is without question, "Desire Lines". This song isn't just the culmination of everything that was great about Lush, it's truly epic - complete with huge sweeping guitars and orchestrals that would impress even the most fastidious music fans. Words can't do it enough justice though, it's something you've gotta hear to appreciate.
On a related note, I've always found that I sleep better when I fall asleep to the sounds of music, and this is one of the only albums I've used countless times to drift off to slumber. That's not to say it's a boring snoozer... quite the contrary, it's just incredibly relaxing and I highly recommend listening to it with a quality set of headphones to get the most out of the experience.
Yes, Split is unfortunately out of print now, but you owe it to yourself to find a copy of it. I can't imagine anybody listening to this album in its entirety and not having that mesmeric resonance stick with them for a long time to come. It's sad, it's relaxing, it's hypnotic... it's simply their greatest accomplishment and it transcends the "shoegazer" genre they were commonly associated with. Lush may be gone, but they left behind this absolutely unforgettable musical gem, and that's more than a lot of bands with far lengthier careers can say.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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