Lush - Ciao! The Best Of Lush

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2001-03-19

Where Lush is concerned, the career-spanning retrospective of Ciao! is more necessary than usual. This is for two reasons. The first, and most immediate, is that many of Lush's finest moments appeared on their first two EPs, "Scar" and, especially, the Robin Guthrie-produced "Mad Love", and neither are terribly easy to get hold of. The second, and more important, reason is that this compilation makes it clear just how much arrestingly great work this (still) largely underrated band were responsible for. Lush existed at a period when indie groups were still indie groups, operating on the cultural and musical margins, drawing their inspiration from left-field sources like My Bloody Valentine and Hugo Largo. Lush's later singles, including "Single Girl" and "Ladykiller", almost earned them a slice of the mid-1990s Britpop boom enjoyed by so many of their friends and contemporaries (Pulp's Jarvis Cocker duets with Lush vocalist Miki Berenyi on the title track) but the songs that stand tallest now--particularly "Nothing Natural" and "Light From A Dead Star"--are the less breezily poppy and more lyrically opaque tracks.--Andrew Mueller

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