As the Boos came into the '90s, they were flanked by other English groups caught up in shoegazing. The increasingly baroque songs on '92's Everything's Alright Forever and '93's Giant Steps failed to find an audience; much of this output included moments of toe-curling weirdness that went beyond post-rave, Ecstasy-fueled bliss. That said, tracks like "Lazy Day," "Does This Hurt?", and "Lazarus" were perfectly sculpted fragments of lysergic pop. Wake Up, released in '95, went pure bliss -- adding horns and losing the feedback. The result was No. 1 hits, plenty of drugs, and, ultimately, creative burnout, as evidenced by the aggressive C'mon Kids in '96 and the watered-down Kingsize in '98. On Find the Way Out, Sanctuary chronicles the group's ascension from acid-fried pop fiends to top-ranking U.K. chart stars, and then its descent in a spiral of alienation and spiritless songwriting. It's an exhilarating ride.
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