Lamb What Sound

What Sound

Lamb

Released on September 30, 2001 by Virgin EMI

Main artist: Lamb

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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Still one of the most inventive groups in electronica, Lamb continued pushing the boundaries of singer/songwriter drum'n'bass three albums in, and also came to grips with a few of the growing pains of their sophomore album. Even while Andy Barlow's productions again set a gold standard for ambitious, evocative, intelligent accompaniment, Louise Rhodes' vocals have improved noticeably since the occasionally over-reaching Fear of Fours. Yes, her crying, confessional style of delivery can still wear (especially for a genre never overly enthusiastic about vocals to begin with), but she's obviously gained in control without sacrificing intensity. The opener, "What Sound," begins with a set of tender love lyrics, gradually expanding with orchestral strings and Barlow's tight, stop-time production. The paranoid breaks of "One" give way to a downright extroverted performance on "Sweet," though Rhodes saves her most pained vocals for the very next track, "I Cry." Barlow scorches on the Chemicals-style breaks and furious turntablism of "Scratch Bass," but then comes right back with a pair of beautiful ballads directed inwards. He's also unafraid to keep the backing (relatively) simple, even on the single "Gabriel." It's clear that every beat, every effect has been labored over, but thankfully that impression is an unconscious one. Another nice touch: the admirably low-profile appearances by excellent musicians like Arto Lindsay on guitar, Me'Shell NdegéOcello on bass, and Michael Franti on vocals. If there were any doubters about Lamb being the brightest, most talented singer/producer combo in electronica, What Sound is all the argument needed to the contrary. ~ John Bush
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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:55:46

  1. 1 What Sound

    Dave Bascombe, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wil Malone, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  2. 2 One

    Guy Sigsworth, Producer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  3. 3 Sweet

    Dave Bascombe, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Changer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  4. 4 I Cry

    Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  5. 5 Scratch Bass

    Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  6. 6 Heaven

    Guy Sigsworth, Producer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  7. 7 Small

    Guy Sigsworth, Producer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  8. 8 Written

    London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Guy Sigsworth, Producer - Malone, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  9. 9 Gabriel

    Guy Sigsworth, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Bascombe, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  10. 10 Sweetheart

    Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

  11. 11 Just Is (Incl. Hidden Track 'Blessing In Disguise')

    Guy Sigsworth, Producer - Lamb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Barlow, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Rhodes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Barlow, Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2001 Mercury Records Limited

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  • Still one of the most inventive groups in electronica, Lamb continued pushing the boundaries of singer/songwriter drum'n'bass three albums in, and also came to grips with a few of the growing pains of their sophomore album. Even while Andy Barlow's productions again set a gold standard for ambitious, evocative, intelligent accompaniment, Louise Rhodes' vocals have improved noticeably since the occasionally over-reaching Fear of Fours. Yes, her crying, confessional style of delivery can still wear (especially for a genre never overly enthusiastic about vocals to begin with), but she's obviously gained in control without sacrificing intensity. The opener, "What Sound," begins with a set of tender love lyrics, gradually expanding with orchestral strings and Barlow's tight, stop-time production. The paranoid breaks of "One" give way to a downright extroverted performance on "Sweet," though Rhodes saves her most pained vocals for the very next track, "I Cry." Barlow scorches on the Chemicals-style breaks and furious turntablism of "Scratch Bass," but then comes right back with a pair of beautiful ballads directed inwards. He's also unafraid to keep the backing (relatively) simple, even on the single "Gabriel." It's clear that every beat, every effect has been labored over, but thankfully that impression is an unconscious one. Another nice touch: the admirably low-profile appearances by excellent musicians like Arto Lindsay on guitar, Me'Shell NdegéOcello on bass, and Michael Franti on vocals. If there were any doubters about Lamb being the brightest, most talented singer/producer combo in electronica, What Sound is all the argument needed to the contrary. ~ John Bush

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