Split (Lush album)

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Split
Split (Lush album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 June 1994
RecordedOctober – December 1993
Studio
Genre
Length52:06
Label4AD
Producer
Lush chronology
Spooky
(1992)
Split
(1994)
Lovelife
(1996)
Singles from Split
  1. "Hypocrite"
    Released: 30 May 1994
  2. "Desire Lines"
    Released: 30 May 1994
  3. "When I Die"
    Released: June 1994 (promo CD only)
  4. "Kiss Chase"/"Undertow"
    Released: 1994 (promo cassette only)
  5. "Lovelife"
    Released: 1994 (promo CD only)

Split is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Lush, released on 4AD on 13 June 1994 in the UK and a day later in the US. Two commercial singles were released from the album: "Desire Lines" and "Hypocrite," both released on 30 May 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
  • Berenyi
4:32
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.