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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EOS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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1. Lusty
2. God Bless
3. Cotton Wool
4. Trans Fatty Acid
5. Zero
6. Merge
7. Gold
8. Closer
9. Gorecki
10. Feela

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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

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By A Customer on April 12 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you are interested in Lamb, be sure to give this CD a listen. I was introduced to Lamb via "Fear of Fours," but this debut is far more intricate. But, by all means, buy them both, but if you can (or will) buy only one Lamb CD, this should be it. "Fear of Fours" is better as a second course, since the evolution of a pair using live instruments, that's right--cello, drums, etc., for trip-hop purposes is enough to warrant a long listen.
The evolution of the group becomes quite clear when one compares first tracks on "Lamb" and "Fear of Fours." "Lamb's" opening track is nothing short of amazing ("Lusty" for the uninitiated). The quick-break beat will amaze you and make you wish the accelerator in your car would go just a little bit further down, but, to think that this track will merely aid in teenage angst and accrual of speeding tickets is a misnomer, it fits just as well playing low in a room fit for long conversations or mutually-consenting adult acrobatics.
A great album. It should be the first "Lamb" to grace your shelves.
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The first time I heard b-line off of Lamb's "Fear of Fours" cd, I was hooked (if you haven't seen the video for b-line I would do whatever it takes to do so). "Fear of Fours" was one the best albums I bought in 2000 and when I downloaded "Gorecki" I assumed "Lamb" would be a major contender for my personal album of the year. Goreki is indeed beautiful, it starts of slow and you know something big is on the horizon and you wish that it would hurry up and get there, but it culminates and by the time it hits full throttle, you wish it would have taken longer to develop. Goreki may very well make song of the year, but as far as the rest of the album goes, I feel it lacks the fusion that "Fear of Fours" contains. What I mean by that is that I've hear some reviews say "F of F" is a competition between vocalist Lou Rhodes and mixer Andy Barlow. Lamb's sophomore effort was more refined than their debut and they blended together perfectly on. On "Lamb" however, I found myself a little uncomfortable. I was waiting for Andy and Lou to get in sync, especially on ''Cottonwool". Barlow started off intriguing, but then arbitrarily broke off into an electronic version of a garage band jam session, while Lou is resonating an emotion plea of warmth and closness. They somewhat miss the mark again on "Trans Fatty Acids". As Barlow produces smooth, deep, and mature pulses (this time), Lou ackwardly tries to fit the "to whether the rain..." chorus into Andy's miasma. Much of the album is like these two examples. Every song starts off well-and may be very good throughout MOST of the song. Barlow goes just a tad bit overboard in places and Lou tries to squeeze lyrics into a couple of songs (esp "Gold").Read more ›
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The magic of this album resides perhaps in the nature of the band members itself. While Andy Barlow craves all types of beats and such Louise Rohdes is more into the lyrical and the "esthetic" aspect of the music. Such different approaches are certainly bound to create conflict (and they've come close to split up several times) but the result of the mixture of such different approaches is absolutely amazing.
For instance, the first time that you listen to "Cotton wool" is a pretty weird experience. While the music seems to be taken out of a Goldie album the vocals and lyrics belong to a much more mellow band. But somehow, and after listening to it several times, you find that the song really works. However and contrary to what most people think I don't think that this is the strongest track in the album (which speaks about it's quality as the song is superb. "Cotton wool" certainly defines the band but I find, for instance, "God bless" (which I'm listening at the moment) to be much more rewarding. And of course there's the absolutely beautiful "Gorecki" with some of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever listened to.
Overall the album is a great mix of drum n bass with a bit of jazz, some trip hop and a beautiful voice. A mix that shouldn't work in theory but it somehow does. Something unlike anything out there. And with this statement I call out to all those who have tried to label them as Portishead copies to pay more attention. Though at first glance there might be several similarities (mainly due to Lou's voice being somewhat similar to Beth Gibbons' voice) but further listening will reveal that they're quite different and there are very few similarities apart from both being superb bands.
So, bottom line. Buy this album. Superb, one of my favorites without a doubt. If I die and go to heaven this is surely one of the albums I would like to take with me.
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By A Customer on July 9 2001
Format: Audio CD
Let me start off by saying that Lamb is the best band EVER. Out of the 2,000+ cd's that I own, this one is STILL the most frequently played, and I have had it for three years. Lamb is a complete anomaly. This band offers the interesting combination of Louise Rhodes deeply introspective and tangible vocals, with the choppy percussion and innovative programming of Andy Barlow. You might think that this combination would yield complete sonic chaos, but it does quite the opposite. The marriage of Lou's dreamy vocals to Andy's complex compositions takes the listener on a spiritual journey. The cd opens with "Lusty", which is a very intriguing track. "Lusty" features sparse melodic stabs, a hard percussive backing, and Louise cooing "only you can soothe me, come cool me down..." With that, Louise perfectly conveys the heart and soul of a person in love. And love really IS the theme of this album. "God Bless" features jazzy basslines, seductive beats, and orchestral instruments. It is quite beautiful. "Cottonwool" is perhaps the most breathtaking song I have ever heard. The song is made up of various loops and breakbeats combined with dreamy atmospheric sounds. The effect is eerily beautiful. This coupled with Louise's incredibly profound and soulful lyrics makes "Cottonwool" one of Lamb's best songs. "Transfatty Acid" features weird distortion (it sounds like Lou is singing through a can) and a strange buzzing/electricity type aura. This song makes you feel like you are in another world. "Transfatty Acid" is extremely innovative and the musical effect is mindnumbing. "Zero" is sweet and mellow. It features acoustic guitar and strings and the effect is very powerful. Lou's singing is especially good on this track.Read more ›
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