Split (Lush album)

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Split
Split (Lush album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by Lush
Released 13 June 1994
Recorded October – December 1993
Studio
Genre
Length 52:06
Label 4AD
Producer
Lush chronology
Spooky
(1992)Spooky1992
Split
(1994)
Lovelife
(1996)Lovelife1996

Split is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Lush, released on 4AD on June 13, 1994 in the UK and a day later in the US. Two singles were released from the album: "Desire Lines" and "Hypocrite," both released on May 30, 1994. Split was reissued by 4AD on CD in July 2001.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
NME6/10[3]
Pitchfork8.2/10[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Select2/5[6]

Select's Roy Wilkinson gave the album a negative review, describing it as "mid-paced stuff, fitting between melancholy and listlessness".[6] The review went on to state, "There's nothing wrong with a dose of heavyweight introspection per se. But a pretty deft touch is needed to translate it movingly to the recording studio".[6]

In a retrospective review, Andy Kellman, writing for AllMusic, was far more positive: "Split touches on most forms of emotional turbulence. A legitimizing stunner, the record prevented the band from being lost amidst the bunker of form-over-function dream pop bands. Split shattered every negative aspect of those failed acts with flying colors. A fantastic record within any realm."[1] In 2018, Pitchfork ranked the album at number 27 on its list of "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Light from a Dead Star"Miki Berenyi3:15
2."Kiss Chase"Berenyi3:17
3."Blackout"Emma Anderson3:06
4."Hypocrite"Berenyi2:53
5."Lovelife"Anderson3:56
6."Desire Lines"Anderson7:37
7."The Invisible Man"Anderson2:14
8."Undertow"Berenyi4:57
9."Never-Never"Anderson8:04
10."Lit Up"Anderson4:00
11."Starlust"Anderson, Berenyi4:32
12."When I Die"Anderson4:17

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United Kingdom 13 June 1994 4AD CD CAD 4011 CD
LP CAD 4011
Cassette CAD C 4011
United States 14 June 1994 4AD/Reprise CD 9 45578-2
Japan 20 March 1996 Nippon Columbia CD COCY-80093
United Kingdom 2 July 2001 4AD CD (reissue) GAD 4011 CD

Singles[edit]

  • "Hypocrite" (30 May 1994)
    • CD (BAD 4008 CD); 12" vinyl (BAD 4008)
      1. "Hypocrite" – 2:58
      2. "Love at First Sight" – 5:12 (Young Marble Giants cover)
      3. "Cat's Chorus" – 3:23
      4. "Undertow (Spooky Remix)" – 9:13
    • 7" vinyl (AD 4008)
      1. "Hypocrite" – 2:58
      2. "Cat's Chorus" – 3:23
  • "Desire Lines" (30 May 1994)
    • CD (BAD 4010 CD); 12" vinyl (BAD 4010)
      1. "Desire Lines" – 7:29
      2. "White Wood" – 4:14
      3. "Girl's World" – 4:56
      4. "Lovelife (Suga Bullit Remix)" – 8:15
    • 7" vinyl (AD 4010)
      1. "Desire Lines" – 7:29
      2. "Girl's World" – 4:56
  • "When I Die" (promo only, June 1994)
    • Radio promo CD (PRO-CD-7048)
      1. "When I Die (Scott Litt Remix)" – 4:20
      2. "Light from a Dead Star (Album Version)" – 3:17
      3. "Lovelife (Album Version)" – 3:57
  • "Lovelife" (promo only, 1994)
    • Radio promo CD (PRO-CD-7092)
      1. "Lovelife (Album Version)" – 3:56
      2. "Lovelife (Suga Bullit Remix Edit)" – 5:28
      3. "Lovelife (Suga Bullit Remix)" – 8:15

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 19
US Billboard 200[9] 195
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Split – Lush". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Romero, Michele (15 July 1994). "Split". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Fadele, Dele (11 June 1994). "The Division Belles". NME. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (3 May 2016). "Lush: Origami". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Evans, Paul (8 September 1994). "Lush: Split". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Wilkinson, Roy (July 1994). "Lush: Split". Select (49): 84. 
  7. ^ "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums". Pitchfork. 16 April 2018. p. 1. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Lush Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Lush Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.