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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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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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Look, this is not what people make it out to be. Unfortunately I was duped into buying this waste of space on a cd shelf. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003
there is a lot of emotion with the lyrics. there arent any songs youll have to skip over once this has been in your cd player for a while either. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by M. J. Bresin
I first heard about Lamb from my ex... Anyways this cd is so good, it drove me to start djing myself.
Recommended with a capital R!
Stark, haunting & dark. Best tracks for drum & bass lovers are "Lusty" and "Trans Fatty Acid," both holding up marvelously under repeated listenings. Read morePublished on June 2 2003
Stark, haunting & dark. Best tracks for drum & bass lovers are "Lusty" and "Trans Fatty Acid," both holding up marvelously under repeated listenings. Read morePublished on May 31 2003 by Daly Mavorneen,
Lamb's cds (both Lamb and Fear of Fours) are amazingly great albums. I saw Lamb during their 2001 tour and the band is actually better in concert then on their cd. Read morePublished on May 30 2003
After hearing the sublime tune Gorecki, I ran straight out to buy this album. I've been a fan of trip-hop for quite a while, and looked forward to listening to this whole debut. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Carolyn Davis
This music isn't good. I'm not saying that beacuse it's strange; I dig stuff a lot stranger. I'm not saying it because I don't like the genre; I like Portishead and Goldfrapp. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by RaGS
Lamb really took me by surprize. Apparently released in 1996, this recording is both inventive, entertaining, thought provoking and intellengent! Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2002 by Carl Johnson