I should be unlucky, unlucky, unlucky, unlucky
I now have a big pile of stuff waiting for review, so please check back soon. I've got a new monitor now and my plaster comes of next week.
Popular consensus suggests that before Damon, Liam, Jarvis et al gatecrashed the public conscience British music was in a bit of a bad state. It’s at this point that the spotlight normally falls on Kurt Cobain and the global dominance of ‘grunge’. While sales undoubtedly back this up, such a short-sighted vision hides the fact of just how good some of our own crop really were. Alongside the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Ride, Lush were at the forefront of a scene known to most as ‘shoegazing’, a guitar-led form of sonics that offered the listener a more insular experience than the mass communal that Britpop would soon serve up.
While both Ride and My Bloody Valentine dropped out of the game to cameo later (Ride’s Andy Bell with Oasis, MBV’s Kevin Shields with Primal Scream) Lush solider on, growing with the climate and in the process enjoying their biggest chart successes.
Now years after the band called it a day, one of the band’s key focal points (along with Miki Berenyi) Emma Anderson resurfaces again with her latest project Sing-Sing.
The Anderson-penned album opener ‘Lover’ announces itself with the kind of pop-punch that later Lush singles ‘Ladykiller’ and ‘Single Girl’ oozed so freely while elsewhere the sweet, spikey narrative of ‘Mister Kadali’ invites you into the world of hooky spiritual healers .
With sea-shanty sing-a-longs (‘The time has come’) and woozy moments aplenty (‘Going out tonight’, ‘Come, sing me a song’) the sweeping grace that runs throughout warms a seat and drops your shoes onto wooden floorboards with a much-needed elegance.
While others prefer to offer jarring bouts of bile-ridden fury, Sing Sing are seemingly more than aware that when coupled with, ahem, a lush bed of melodies the occasional barbed word can linger more menacingly no matter how sweetly sung.
That should do it for the moment. Anything else I can think of along the way will be added as and when.