Most helpful critical review
not worth the hype, but not bad.
on January 25, 2002
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"). For the most part though, "Lamb" is a good debut. I was really impressed with "God Bless", because it has the patience and timing that "Gorecki" has. "Merge" was another favorite. The trademarks of Lamb are what makes "Lamb" and "F of F" worthy of obtaining like Lou's darting range and Lambs frequent use of the double bass.