"Although 1994's SPLIT was by far Lush's best effort, showing a full-circle maturity in musicianship and songwriting, GALA is certainly the best introduction to Lush, as it was the beginning of a seven year career tragically cut short by the death of drummer Chris Acland. A compilation for the US market of three EPs released in the UK, GALA is a presentation of a new band finding its way musically. It's a fantastic album, although some of the songs are understandably weak due to the uncertainly of its young performers. The production is atmospheric and shimmery, and the complex feedback-drenched songs came to create that particularly fitting adjective "Lush-ious." Brightest highlights are "Thoughtforms," in it's second version (track 7), and "De-Luxe.""
Sweetness and light
loteq | Regensburg | 01/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Take the melodic power and the ethereal vocals of the Cocteau Twins, mix it with the guitar crash and punk appeal of bands like the Pixies or Throwing Muses, and you'll get the sound of early Lush. "Gala" is a compilation of three EP which were originally released between 1989 and 1990. The sound is a bit thin and you feel that Lush had to improve their skills yet. But they did the best thing a young band can do: They engaged some well-known British producers who knew how to turn their mediocre performance into little pop gems. Ultimately there's not a single bad song on this album. Killer tracks are "Baby talk", "Bitter", "Etheriel" and the cover version of Abba's "Hey hey Helen". I think this album is must-have for every fan of the old-style 4AD sound. By the way, this is an US-only compilation!"
Blake Ruiz | phoenix, az | 06/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This band burned bright for an unfortunately brief period. Gala is a great collection of songs from one of the best bands of the so-called shoegazer movement . As far as the songs go, there isn't a dud in the bunch but Sweetness and Light and De-Luxe are absolutely gorgeous songs, both among the best of all time. This is a great time capsule for a band that ended under the most heartbreaking of circumstances.
Let it breeze away...
Barbara Streisands Love Slave | MI | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lush were an early 90's "shoegazing" band that I feel were very underrated and didn't get the recognition they deserved. This is their first US release and it's a compilation of EP's that were previously released in the UK. Best songs: Sweetness And Light, De-Luxe, and Breeze. If you like bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, then this is definately worth checking out."
About the pain and joy of living...often seen together in a
jon sieruga | Redlands, CA USA | 10/20/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The title of "Gala"'s first track, "Sweetness and Light", is sneakily deceptive, as Lush never were so shallow as to sink into power-pop territory, and thank God their aims were never blatantly commercial because we might never have gotten music so complicatedly uncalculating. The best of the 15 tracks (both versions of "Scarlet" and "Thoughtforms", the hushed "Sunbathing", the brilliant "Hey Hey Helen") are underscored by a sadness that is never worked out (it's like a musical residue), yet the conception of the songs is far from morose. Lush terrifically energizes their soundscapes with a dreamy poppiness that is winning and still complex, and the songs here tend to change with the listener's mood, like a mood-ring you come across and never want to let go of. B+"