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Lush: Spooky (4AD/Reprise); Ride: Going Blank Again (Reprise)

Jon Young, Musician, June 1992

VISIONARY ART or nouvelle junk food? Perfect masters of evocative soundscapes, Britain's Lush and Ride can create a mood quicker than you can dim the lights. Speaking in idiosyncratic tongues conducive to cult worship, both smear their music into a blur, placing a low priority on traditional songwriting. Less charitably, both have a shtick as stylized as the most obvious rap or heavy-metal act.

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