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Beloved One [Import]

Lou Rhodes Audio CD
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Beloved One is impossibly enchanting, a veritable forest of natural beauty. Lou Rhodes is perhaps best known for being a crucial member of Lamb and Beloved One is her debut solo album, released on Infinite Bloom. Rhodes presents a collection of alternative folk with accents of bluesy jazz in the gritty, sweeping perfection of her vocals. The production is immaculate, really drawing out the beauty of Rhodes' voice. At times Beloved One is quite elemental, being sparse in fragments, while in other parts it contains a wonderful harmony of exquisite layers. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true daughter of Albion Feb. 4 2006
Format:Audio CD
After just seeing the title track performed at The daughters of Albion concert at the Barbican last night im in no doubt this album is going to be one of 2006 best albums. A return to exquiste acoustic songwriting that actually has soul and the most beautiful voice you ever heard!!! BUY IT
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By JJ
Format:Audio CD
This effort is a striking yet welcome departure from the groundbreaking trip-hop genre she's more commonly known for. It proves the strength of presence and beauty she alone is capable of. Her captivating ballads shine through with her honesty, purity and emotion. In stripping away all the layers and complexities, and opening up the canvas to her soul, she displays a depth and passion unequaled in her previous work. Lou has proven through this solo effort that she's as much or even a greater tour de force than her former Lamb counterpart Mr. Barlow (not to take anything away from Andy, because his skills are forever infinite and memorable! Yet Lamb would not have been Lamb without Lou). She undoubtedly brings magic to everything she does. Simply Beautiful.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist blooming with talent in her solo debut April 18 2007
By Sakis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lou Rhodes was part of a brilliant electronic band called Lamb. The band disbanded and this is her own work, her solo debut.

There are no techno experimentations here, no drum n'bass, just mature, life-affirming songs,expressed from the heart and played mostly with guitars, sometimes there's an exotic fluite, some violin, a bit of a piano...

I can't help but be enveloped, cocooned if i may say with warmth, when i listen to this CD. From the carefully crafted artwork of the album to the last song, this album just leaves me be in peace. I can't help but be embraced by these tunes and the intimacy that permeates this album.

It is spiritual, soft, melodic, soothing and well crafted, clearly the product of soul searching. You can hear all the acoustic instruments well, you can hear the whispery smokey vocals and just enjoy this album from beginning to end.

There's an evident reflective sensitivity to some of the songs that i'm glad i discovered and enjoy on every listen. A trully wonderful solo debut by a singer i've always admired. This US release even comes with 3 wonderful extra tracks. This album was nominated for a mercury prize in England, which is the equivalent of a Grammy in the US. Well done Lou.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Lamb to folk! Oct. 19 2007
By Elan Bodwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Im suprised there was only 1 other review for the former triphop electronica singer from the underrated band lamb. I always loved Lou Rhodes as a singer- her voice has character and a raw sadness- and despite not being a technically great singer- she was always the strength that set Lamb apart from generic triphop based bands throughout the 90s.
Here she leaves behind the drum machines and keyboards for a folk based minimal sound mixing the acoustic guitar with some "real strings" violin cello and some sparse percussion for a great rainy day or Sunday morning comedown record. Some good songwriting heartfelt words and that voice make for a great listen. This was nominated for a Mercury prize in the uk and will prove to be rather timeless- more so than her old band. Guests include members of Portishead and her old cohort in Lamb though this sounds nothing like either band- in actuality very close to The Rustin man project that Portishead singer Beth Gibbons released a few years back. This is traditional english folk music- somber and laidback with no real attempt for the charts- in other words real songs by an artist entering a new phase of her life. Personally i feel this is better than 95% percent of the female singer songwriter stuff thats been released over the last 10 years or so. A keeper and a steal for the used amazon prices.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist blooming with talent in her solo debut May 9 2006
By Sakis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lou Rhodes was part of a brilliant electronic band called Lamb. The band disbanded and this is her own work, her solo debut. There are no techno experimentations here, no drum n'bass, just mature, life-affirming songs,expressed from the heart and played mostly with guitars, sometimes there's an exotic fluite, some violin, a bit of a piano...
I can't help but be enveloped, cocooned if i may say with warmth, when i listen to this CD. From the carefully crafted artwork of the album to the last song, this album just leaves me be in peace. I can't help but be embraced by these tunes -the embracing cover is quite indicative of the intimacy that permeates this album. It is spiritual, soft, melodic, soothing and well crafted, clearly the product of soul searching. You can hear all the acoustic instruments well, you can hear the whispery smokey vocals and just enjoy this album from beginning to end.
There's an evident reflective sensitivity to some of the songs that i'm glad i discovered and enjoy on every listen. A trully wonderful solo debut by a singer i've always admired.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope this album gets U.S. release June 28 2006
By Patrick E. Perret - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lou Rhodes creates a tender album that speaks to a maturing audience, if you connect to Nick Drake or early Joni Mitchell or Damien Rice you will find this album to be a beautiful and personal journey. Well worth the import price, just pure and from the soul and what a beautiful soul. Patrick, New Orleans
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing July 3 2006
By R. Karemaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lou Rhodes separated from Lamb: and the result is for the better. Her voice and music are now in complete harmony, her voice is even more mesmerizing, the music will put your mind at ease when you listen to it (no more extremly complicated rhythms that can make you feel uneasy). Lots of Irish influences. Stunningly beautiful.

Ruben Karemaker, The Hague
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