Lamb Lamb
Grade
A
 
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Equal parts haunting, enigmatic and charming, Lamb's 1996 self-titled album is an all-encompasing musical feast. With a casual listen one might suggest that this album shows hints from Tricky, Roni Size and Bill Laswell, but upon further inspection, the real heart of this album shines through. The female lead vocalist's disturbingly releases her heavenly painful vocals amongst the dark tone of music.

Over the mechanical drums, the "live" double bass and string accompaniment brings out a dissonant sound that meshes well. Stand-out tracks include: Trans Fatty Acid, with its heavy dub feel, Zero, a slowly-building string-quartet piece, and Lusty, a slow drum and bass track layered with looped sounds and wonderful tone.

Even if you don't ever buy this album, give it a listen to. The album is inspired, well-written and more original than 99% of the music that's out there. The only drawback to this album is that it probably won't be considered popular because of its lack of a mainstream hit.

- - Vane

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