Album Review: Lovelife- Lush (10/10)

Album Review: Lovelife- Lush (10/10)

Released in 1996, March 4th, being the bands final album due to later circumstances that caused them to split, Lovelife is a much underrated album. It is debatably one of the band’s best, as it has songs that are very likened by the masses. It is actually very different from their other albums, thus it stands out further in their discography. Their previous music was more droning and drenched in Shoegaze, which is what they are really known for. This album basically represents Lush going pop, despite it being released under an indie label such as 4AD. Their music was no longer as dark as it was before, instead in this album you are faced with catchy melodies and hooked onto rhythmic lyrics.

Basically, Lush were caught up in UK’s rise of Britpop at the time, so perhaps there might’ve been this pressure to sound a bit more pop. Therefore it is considerable that this album was part of this Britpop movement, with Lush being English themselves, and lets not forget that memorable duet that Miki did with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker on this album. Whether this was intended to be a Britpop album or not, there is no exact answer, however there is no denying that this is a bittersweet album. Months after the album’s release, drummer Chris Acland killed himself. This brought an even more bitter end to the band’s career, despite them trying to carry on soon afterwards. It just didn’t seem to feel right. Therefore, we have this very last album to remind us of the greatness of Lush in their time. It is quite a timeless album, and needs to be celebrated more!

Songs such as “Single Girl” have captured my attention, as it is lyrically witty and entertaining along with its reasonably calming innocence represented in Miki Berenyi’s vocals, and also in the strumming of the guitars during each verse. “Lady Killers” became a hit as well, especially with the Britpop crowd back in the 90s. The song has this tamed rowdiness that is absolutely unavoidable, and again, just like in “Single Girl”  I admire how witty of a song it is. You simply cannot miss “Ciao!” featuring Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, there is so much originality in this song both instrumentally and lyrically. However, you can channel those 60s vibes from this one, as it’s kind of like a Nancy Sinatra-esqued song in some way. This was delightful for the Britpop masses as well, because of course you had Jarvis Cocker’s charming cynicism droning into the song, which fit so well with Miki’s. Another song that is unmissable in this album is “Olympia”, the album closes off with this song. In fact the very last line in the song is “And now time to switch off”, not predicting their break up (or maybe so…?). It is quite a beautiful song, it is soothing, melodic and the feminine vocals (Emma also had a beautiful voice) with the dream-pop-esqued guitar strumming completely put a decade of Shoegaze and Britpop into perspective. There is so much in this song to love.

Below you can have a listen and cherish this gem of an album.

This album definitely builds a lump in our throats and makes our eyes itchy, for it makes us remember the band and just how great they were. It is very agreeable that this album needs more recognition, and the cosmetics brand “Lush” aren’t doing it any favours!

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Has David Bowie retired from touring?

Has David Bowie retired from touring?

Promoter of “Isle of Wight Festival”, John Giddings, says that the singer will not be doing anymore tours. His last tour was in 2004 in the Isle of Wight Festival and after that he had a medical issue to attend to, so with more reason there were no tours scheduled after that. However, back in 2013 he claimed that he was healthy, and with his album “The Next Day” coming out people got their hopes up that perhaps he would do a tour, but he didn’t.

Now it is evident that despite the icon proceeding to releasing further music, he will not tour as far as we know. Let’s hope for the best.

Album Review: Mothers- Swim Deep (9/10)

Album Review: Mothers- Swim Deep (9/10)

Their much anticipated album is finally out, and it has been since early this month (Oct, 2nd). The front man of the band, Austin, claims that the title of the album is an ode to the creators of the universe, this being mothers. You can definitely see a huge change in the band since their debut album “Where The Heaven Are We?” back in 2013, back then their music was much more ‘hazey’, pop and less ‘acid-drenched’ as it is now. Mothers is bolder than any of their previous stuff, it really makes a statement for the band along with the name of the album.

We’re still able to witness Swim Deep’s ‘old’ sound in songs such as “Namaste” and “To My Brother” as they’ve still got that young hazey feel to them. We can see through the songs on this album that the band has grown and evolved, but they’re still as unique and as original as they initially were. “Heavenly Moment” is something very different from what we’ve heard the band do previously, it’s got a slower tempo, more solitude, but there’s less of that acid-drenched happy melody vibes that they tend to involve into their tunes. “Forever Spaceman” has that playful feel that “Grand Affection” also has, but they both make bold statements. Most of the songs on this album feel like a trip, like you’re basically on something, but in this sense you’re on their music. It’s something quite nice to experience. The lyrics are also really beautiful, for example, “One Great Song And I Could Change The World” has that emotional factor that only creates positivity for the listener, this also applies to “Hotel California”. They’re slow-tempo songs but then half way through they may have this build up of ‘dopamine’… and bam!

Mothers is really lengthy with 15 tracks, there’s so much to like in this album. We can’t miss “Fueiho Boogie”, it’s 8 and a half minutes long, and it’s basically a ‘boogie’  freak out! The band have explained that the song is based on the law in Japan that bans people from dancing in clubs in Japan. The song has got some unmissable feel-good vibes, definitely very uplifting. It is worth a listen, you won’t stop dancing once you start. You can see and feel the fun that the band had making this album when you listen to it.

Don’t forget to check out their music video for “Namaste”, it is absolutely hilarious!

The band are touring around, so everyone’s up for a good time with this one.

Morrissey’s last two scheduled shows will be his last in the UK

Morrissey’s last two scheduled shows will be his last in the UK

Morrissey claims that there isn’t a need to go touring around without any scheduled future releases, therefore she shows which he recently performed in the UK were his last. They’ve already taken place this month in Hammersmith, London  on the 20th and 21st.

Morrissey has posted on his fan site, True to You:

“There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience … throughout 28 years … but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine …”

Meanwhile on the brighter side, Morrissey’s debut novel “List of the Lost” was out in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand on the 24th of September. Did you get a copy?