Out of print in the U.S.! 1997 debut by the Electronica duo who managed to successfully combine the sonic intensity of Drum 'N' Bass with the atmospheric torch-like melodies of bands like Portishead. 10 tracks including 'Lusty', 'Cottonwool' and 'God Bless'. Universal.
"An appreciation of contradiction", as described within the sleeve notes of Lamb's eponymously titled debut album, acts as the first clue to content. Andy Barlow's competent production embraces the best elements of a number of genres, sounding full even in the more stripped down pieces while working with as opposed to crowding out Louise Rhodes' claustrophobic songwriting. The music itself makes for a fascinating hybrid. The dubbed analogues of "Trans Fatty Acid" grate against the complex beats and pensive lyrics of "Cotton Wool". Whereas the haunting vocals of "Feela," which absorb a simple piano movement with washes of reverbed feedback, kept in check by brooding strings. A chance encounter in a Manchester studio lead to a stunning debut...wintry vocals backed with all that is good about drum and bass. --Kingsley Marshall