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What Sound

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What Sound
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One
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Sweet
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I Cry
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Scratch Bass
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Heaven
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Small
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Gabriel
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Sweetheart
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Just Is
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Gabriel (MJ Cole Mix)
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Written
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Night Of A Thousand Eyes
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Gabriel (Nellee Hooper Mix)
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Blessing In Diguise
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04.22.11
Lamb, What Sound
2004 | Label: eOne Music / Entertainment One Distribution

Imagine Kate Bush running up a hill with a groove box — having just torched the trip-hop village in the valley below. Incendiary electronic soul.

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What "honeypower" said...

popmonkey

Dear Emusic- Lamb is beloved downtempo by many, but it ain't D 'n B. Please hire someone who knows a bit about modern electronic music because your "drum and bass" category is all over the place and you don't even have a dubstep/grime field. Putting Hyperdub and Thievery Corporation together in "electronic dub" makes ya look silly. I've got 2003 on the phone for you, and it wants you to catch the hell up.

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Heaven

Dad

Lamb hit its peak with this album. Excellent chill out music.

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Consistently amazing duo

honeypower

...but lamb is not drum & bass or jungle. How is it no one at eMusic caught this error?

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Could be the greatest album ever

fourhourwindow

Please don't listen to any negative reviews of this album. Lamb will not let you down. Especially if you're looking for "trip-hop" or for your synapses to fire like never before.

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garbage

jsimon101

this sucks - don't waste your time

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Lamb = awesome

thegitdown

Anyone who has issues with Louise Rhodes lyrics has issues of their own - an amazing album, as always, from a top notch band. To me, Lamb combine the groove of Massive Attack with the lyrical intensity of Portishead, while managing to avoid triphop for the most part - but even their triphop sounds are worth exploring, and age much better than their contemporaries. Try Gold from the first album, called lamb, or What Sound from the same-named album, or Cotton Wool, TransFatty Acid, Alien etc. from their respective albums - magic!

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Christian idioms are distrating

Stormagnet

As someone recovering from Catholocism (five years of hard time at St. James Elementry), I find the Christian themes and phrases in the lyrics frustratingly distracting. The music is great, the vocals are great, but the words chosen for the lyrics ... have strong unpleasant associations for me. For anyone who likes or isn't bothered by Christian imagery and phrases, this is probably a great album. My favorite tracks are "What Sound", "Sweet", and "Night of a Thousand Eyes". I can't even listen to "Gabriel".

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Amazing

Squirk

I saw Lamb live before I'd heard any of their music - they blew me away. 'Gabriel' on this album and 'Gorecki' on 'Best Kept Secrets' were the best tracks played live. 'Gabriel' still send shivers up my spine when I hear it. Lou has an amazingly captivating voice.

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Intricate Soundscape

peterinkinsale

An intricate, distinctive soundscape and a voice which ties it all together, nicely! A voice which from time to time approximates the wonderful Marrianne Faithful! 5 Stars, anything less would be folly!

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Beautyfull

Blissfull

Beautyfull work, even when it's much calmer than it, it reminds me of Roni Size's "Breakbeat Era" experiment, where the beats are complemented with not only voice, but a progressing melody, which makes it much less monotonous than other exponents of D&B or electronic music in general. On the same side, the sound is not overloaded, every detail is definible, and this is certainly not a disc to snooze to, it fills me with energy without overloading me.

They Say All Music Guide

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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