Lamb Fear of Fours
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If you're tired of the Mick Harris/Bill Laswell Ambient Dub dominance, then you'll want to give this album a try. Don't really consider it a change of pace. It's more like a shift in gears.

Lamb can't be easily defined by it's sound. While they use programmed drums and the deep bass of a dub band, the ever-present feel of jazz counteracts that initial notion. Expect to hear a horn section, piano and even string arrangements on this album. The female vocalist keeps a fairly reserved, yet strong presence throughout the album. She doesn't wail away like a diva, but her voice remains strong and focused.

Don't expect a moment of complacency with this album. Just when you think that they might lull in inspiration, Lamb snaps back with something unexpected. Songs like Bonfire, which are heavy in string arrangements can easily end in a warped, distorted double bass outro that hauntingly limps away. Anyone who might think that these changes and switches won't mesh together will be readily surprised. The album as a whole meshes well as a musical juggernaut. With such a wide range of sound and style, any listener is bound to find at least one track that they will be taken with.

Lamb is a fresh injection of talent into the music scene. Fear of Fours shows remarkable talent and unpredictability in a market that really needs a fresh injection of new blood. Purchase this album if you have a progressive mind and want something to add to your collection. Lamb will not disappoint.

- - Vane

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