is a what you would call a super group. Various members from The
LSU, Honey, Fold Zandura,
Duraluxe, Bloomsday, The Lassie Foundation,
Adam Again, Starflyer 59, The Violet
Burning, and The Choir. If that's not the ultimate
collection of musicians then I don't know what is. This is their first album in nearly
10 years. It just might be their best one yet. With each Cush album
comes a change in formula. This time around they are moving down the avenue
of what I would consider dream pop, amongst other realms.
The Ep starts off with "The Gift of Hope and Fear," a trippy intro
worthy of being in any Halloween movie. It's a mood piece setting up the listener for what's
about to come. The next song "Hands Of Fire," an eerie rhythmic groove that
attention all the way through. At it's peak are so many layers of sounds to
discovered. "All My Eyes Knew" being the obvious choice for stand out
song. From the
very start it moves with great determination and delivery. Easily one of the
songs to grace any Cush album. Then "The Drug You Can Never Take"
shows up. Another great song, a slow burner that slowly moves along
keeping you at a stand still. Just forcing you to feel the emotion and mood
of the song. The oddball of the bunch is "For The First Time." The genius of the song is that they stole the
lyrics from the U2 song "The First Time," throwing them into their
up-tempo mix, almost disguising
the song enough to make you think the lyrics are their own.
Cush is one of those outfits that defy description or understanding.
I had written
them off. I was sure they would never release another album. The artists
up Cush are what I consider outstanding. Many of these guys have been
apart of what
I and many consider some of the best albums ever written. It's a shame that
some how still flounder around in the ranks of obscurity. Hopefully at some
they will get the praise and recognition they deserve.
Anthony P. Hanna